Hewitsons LLP

Contact: Chris Knight

Kildare House
3 Dorset Rise

Hewitsons LLP has been recognised as a leading provider of legal services for more than 100 years, with clients in all sectors: charity, education, private, public and commercial.  We are a full service law firm operating from offices in Northampton, Cambridge, London and Milton Keynes, from which we provide a very high quality service for regional, national and international clients. 

The Charities & Education team comprises around 40 lawyers and advisors, some of whom work solely on core charity law, regulation and governance matters.  The team is led by Chris Knight, a highly regarded expert who speaks and writes widely on charity and education matters.  Those in the wider team are specialists within their discipline such as corporate, employment, commercial, disputes, and property.

We are privileged to act for over 400 charities, educational organisations, institutions and social enterprises.  Our charity lawyers understand the varied needs of differently structured charities, such as charitable incorporated organisations, guarantee companies, trusts, associations, community benefit societies, royal charter corporations, and charities founded by Act of Parliament.

We deal with charities and similar organisations of all sizes and in a great variety of sectors, including conservation, education, faith based charities, community associations and village hall charities, NGOs and relief and development charities, almshouses, zoos and animal charities, heritage and property charities, theatre and arts charities, residential and care homes, hospices, offender rehabilitation, community foundations, sports and leisure organisations, health and social care, medical and condition related charities, benevolent funds, youth organisations and wildlife trusts.

Specific services which are available for charities and other institutions include:
• Charity proceedings and charity tribunals;
• Charity Commission dealings and intervention;
• Establishing new charities (including CIOs);
• Fundraising and trading advice;
• Governance and board support;
• Mergers and collaborations;
• Restructuring and group structures; 
• Grant making; and
• Risk management and strategic planning.

Also more generally:
• Corporate and commercial;
• Intellectual property;
• Real estate;
• Development, planning and construction;
• Dispute resolution;
• Employment, immigration and pensions;
• Health checks on any area, annual or otherwise; and

The team periodically sends out newsletters that contain important legal updates and advice to those working in the Charities sector.  If you would like to be included in this mailing list then please complete this form here.  If you have any queries at all, please see our website or contact Chris Knight, Head of the Charities & Education team, at



Governance, regulation and compliance
Charity finance policy