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Partner and Solicitor

James Evans

“My aim is to help charities, social enterprises and educational institutions achieve their social objectives, and to create greater impact in what they do.”

James leads our nationally-recognised team of specialist charity and social enterprise sector lawyers and acts as the key relationship contact for many of our sector clients.

James is highly motivated by working with organisations supporting a huge variety of good causes, and all doing fantastic work. He takes pride in helping them achieve their social objectives and to increase the impact of what they do for the communities they serve.

Advising sector organisations on a broad range of matters, James can help with the formation of new organisations, getting the right legal structure, governance and constitutional considerations, incorporations, mergers, collaborations and other corporate transactions, charity law compliance and regulatory factors, fundraising and trading challenges, finance and social investment, and commercial agreements.

James, who qualified in 1996, is a solicitor and partner, an active member of the Charity Law Association, and a member of the certification panel which adjudicates on awards of the Social Enterprise Mark. He is recognised nationally for the great work he does with charities and social enterprises of all sizes, schools and other educational institutions, clubs, societies and other not-for-private-profit organisations.

James is a ranked lawyer for Charities UK-wide in the legal directory Chambers UK 2020, in which Tozers’ charities team is also nationally recognised. The 2020 edition says: "He is always pragmatic in his response to a situation," remarks one client, while another adds that he is "very good at explaining legal jargon in layman's terms."

James has also been recognised in The Legal 500 legal directory in which they describe James as “experienced in assisting organisations with the obtainment of charitable status and advising charities on regulatory compliance”.

In addition to working with charities and social enterprises, he also helps private sector businesses and private individuals where they are engaging with the charity sector, for example in helping them set up new charities or corporate foundations.

Recent examples of work:

  • Advising on the charity merger between the Marine Biological Association and the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation of Ocean Science (CPR survey)
  • Advising the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) on membership and governance arrangements
  • Assisting national charity Libraries Connected (formerly Society of Chief Librarians) in successfully achieving charitable status
Prof Willie Wilson

Your Thoughts

Testimonials

“James' advice and guidance was invaluable in steering us through our latest merger. He always takes such a pragmatic approach and provided both technical interpretation and logical advice throughout the process. James certainly hit the mark in meeting and exceeding our expectations and we continue to enjoy working with him today”

Prof Willie Wilson

Director The Marine Biological Association

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Collaborations and mergers for sustainability and impact

Posted on 24th February 2020 in Charities and Social Enterprise

Collaboration in the charity sector is nothing new. Many charities already collaborate successfully with a range of other organisations at many different levels, for example, in the delivery of contracted services, where commissioners often demand it.

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Charity Serious Incident Reporting - New Charity Commission Guidance

Posted on 20th January 2020 in Charities and Social Enterprise

Just before Christmas, with very little fanfare, the Charity Commission released new guidance on the responsibility of charity trustees to make Serious Incident Reports (‘SIRs’) to the Charity Commission where the incident involves one of the charity’s partners either in the UK or internationally.

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