Voluntary Sector

Other Experience sections refer to a number of charities I have advised: see Investment Property, Planning and Related Work, and Hotels and Leisure Property. I have particular experience of acting for voluntary sector bodies, especially in advising on development agreements and leases affecting their land and on disposals. Advising charities in connection with disposals involves a detailed knowledge of charity legislation and of the drafting and negotiation of overage arrangements to protect the trustees (a subject on which I have written in the charity press). Acting for the City Parochial Foundation in particular has, I believe, given me a good insight into the workings of the voluntary sector generally and an ability to understand its needs and to advise charity trustees. I have served as a trustee and director of a national charity (Contact A Family).

Examples:

Advising the City Parochial Foundation in connection with the establishment of the London Voluntary Sector Resource Centre in London’s Holloway Road. This was a unique joint venture between the City Parochial Foundation and another charity for the creation of a Centre to provide office and other facilities for London-based charities. The site was formerly the Jones Brothers department store owned by John Lewis Partnership and the project involved the division of the site and the refurbishment of the major part of the building (with the remainder of the site becoming a Waitrose supermarket). The project has been extremely successful and I continued to advise whenever required.

Advising regarding the formation in 1987 of the Covent Garden Area Trust, and negotiating all of the complex leasehold documentation with the London Residuary body. I continued to act as the Trust’s sole legal advisor for many years before becoming Chairman in 2006; further details of my chairmanship and achievements in that role can be found in My Background section.

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