The specialist charities team at leading law firm Penningtons Manches has been nominated for two prestigious awards in recognition of its work in the sector.
The team has been shortlisted in the Charity Law Firm of the Year category at the Third Sector Awards. The awards have been running for more than a decade and will celebrate leaders in social and professional innovation within the sector at a ceremony in central London this month. The team has also been nominated in the Advisory Provider of the Year category at the Charity Times Awards, which take place on 4 October. The ceremony is organised by Charity Times magazine and commends best practice in UK charity and not-for-profit organisations.
The success of Penningtons Manches’ charities team is even more remarkable given it was officially formed just 21 months ago, in April 2016. Leading charity lawyer Alison Talbot brought the team’s specialists together with a clear goal to provide a common-sense service combined with a deep understanding of clients’ charitable motivation and priorities.
In its first year the team was delighted to win work from 17 of the UK’s top 25 charities (by legacy income). They have also been instructed by over half of the Oxbridge Colleges, universities, schools, charitable trusts, grant making bodies, royal charter bodies and many smaller charities and start-ups.
In spring 2017 the team commissioned a survey to explore the nature of the relationship between probate professionals and charity legacy teams, and to identify opportunities for innovation and improvement. The survey was developed with input from the ILM, STEP and the Law Society. The results, launched in June, are enabling the department to drive forward dialogue between both groups, and also with regulatory bodies and member associations in both sectors, with the aim of bringing about positive and ongoing change.