Charities & Social Enterprise

Acting for over 10% of Scotland’s 300 largest charities, our Charities & Social Enterprise team has a deep understanding of the specific challenges facing the third sector. Recognised by Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession and the Legal 500 as experts in providing legal advice to charities, we are known for working with service-driven charities on regulatory matters. 

Our team is skilled in advising on governance matters and regularly works with our clients on relationships amongst board members, management and stakeholders. We remain heavily involved in developing and advising on evolving structures between the public and third sectors, drawing upon combined team specialisms of public law and procurement, grants, tax, IPR and data protection in addition to base charity law and charity regulation.

Read our latest Charities & Third Sector Insights
  • 'Val Armstrong-Surgenor has excellent practical and legal experience and is very well placed to give insightful and strategic advice.'

    Legal 500
  • 'Strong team, well-known and well-respected. Excellent advice and useful helpline approach giving free advice at the outset of any matter.'

    Legal 500
  • 'The entire team is always extremely professional, giving great advice and support, willing to get involved as much or as little as required.'

    Legal 500
  • 'The team has "a good knowledge of the challenges faced by organisations in the charity sector and is continually developing this knowledge".'

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "MacRoberts' team builds strong working relationships with clients and inspires confidence in their ability to quickly identify the key issues and requirements and provide binary advice. Their approach on this individualised basis is excellent and compares well to other firms."

    Legal 500
  • "The MacRoberts team we have worked with, led by Partner Val Surgenor, have been fantastic at responding to our queries regarding GDPR, and providing well-considered, tailored advice and assistance. We value the effort and attention to detail that the lawyers we have worked with take in dealing with our queries in a clear and easy-to-follow manner."

    Legal 500
  • "The 'personal approach combined with their legal knowledge results in a high level of satisfaction from clients'."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Their approach to supporting clients over and above the provision of legal services is fantastic."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • MacRoberts is praised for its "excellent level of service and quality of advice, and for its solutions-focused approach".

    Legal 500
  • “When it came to tackling our cross-jurisdiction GDPR compliance project, we chose MacRoberts because they have experience in dealing with international charities and have data protection experts working specifically in the sector. Led by Val Surgenor, the team has provided extensive data protection advice across each of our business functions, co-ordinated territory-specific advice where necessary and have always been extremely responsive to any requests and queries we have had in relation to GDPR and its application to our charity. The team is always on hand to deal with requests at short notice. Their extensive knowledge and guidance is delivered on time and in plain English and any deadlines/timescales we have are always met.”

    Greenpeace
  • “MacRoberts’ Charities Team has wide ranging expertise covering governance, fundraising and data protection experts working specifically in the third sector, meaning we receive specialised advice from a team that understands how charities operate. The team at MacRoberts makes complex areas of law easy to understand and apply.”

    Project Trust
  • "They are timely, very communicative and able to scale up and down their team as required over the course of a project life-cycle."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Even on complex matters they have people on the team they can call on and other partners they can pull in. They have an excellent understanding of our values and
    development goals."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "I am, and always have been, very impressed with MacRoberts' level of knowledge and experience across a wide range of subjects."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "We find MacRoberts to be easy to work with. They respond quickly and provide clear advice."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Her knowledge on data protection is amazing and her drafting skills are very good."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Robin has been an excellent partner for us and is always informed, flexible and engaged in the subject matter." 

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "He provides great advice on charity law that is always delivered within the promised timeframe."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "She is very supportive, patient and understanding of our needs."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Valerie can draw on her personal experience of being on a charity board to provide insightful advice that considers the practical impact on a charity, which makes all the difference."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "She has a great knowledge and understanding of the charitable sector and takes a flexible and pragmatic approach."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession

Charities & Third Sector

As a leading adviser to charities, the third sector and social enterprise in Scotland, MacRoberts has a deep understanding of the issues and challenges facing the sector.

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