Gina is an Associate in our Commercial and Charities Team based in the Thames Valley, with a particular focus on advising charities.
Main areas of practice
Gina advises clients on a range of charity law, governance, regulatory and commercial issues. These include initial establishment of a charity and Charity Commission registration, constitutional matters, incorporation, merger and winding up. She also helps charity clients with legal and regulatory compliance including assisting clients to engage with Charity Commission reviews and inquiries. Her experience covers advising on grants and funding agreements, commercial sponsorship, collaboration arrangements and trading.
Gina works with charities of all sizes, those operating nationally, internationally and locally, education providers (including universities, colleges of further education, academies and independent schools) and NHS charities. She has also undertaken commercial work for NHS Trusts.
After qualifying, Gina worked for 14 years as a solicitor in the Commercial team at one of our predecessor firms, Morgan Cole, specialising in charity matters. She returned to Blake Morgan this year, following a career break to bring up her family.
- Acted for several charities in merger with a large national charity, enabling them to continue to deliver services locally whilst retaining local representation on the national management board.
- Advised NHS Trust on terms of substantial donation by pharmaceutical firm as part of tripartite collaboration for the construction and funding of new clinical and research facility.
- Acted for national charity hiving off a controversial project, enabling the new company and the ‘parent’ charity to develop their own paths with appropriate legal structures.
- Following merger of two NHS Trusts, advised successor Trust on streamlining management of charitable funds, resulting in significant time and cost savings.
- Assisted a large charity with amendments to its scheme of delegation.
- Advised independent charitable school on income generation activities and set up subsidiary trading company to manage public membership scheme, protecting charitable assets whilst securing new income stream.
Insights by Gina
The first group of changes to charity property disposals have come into force. At the time of our May 2022 article on this topic (which can be read here here),...Read More
The Charity Commission has this week (24 May) announced that the next group of changes to charity law under the Charities Act 2022 are due to come into effect in...Read More