Sarah Rowley, Partner
Sarah Rowley leads the firm’s Charity, Philanthropy and Not-for-Profit team advising a wide variety of charities and not for profit bodies.
Sarah Rowley leads the firm’s Charity, Philanthropy and Not-for-Profit team advising a wide variety of charities and not for profit bodies. She is a regular speaker at our popular Charity Training sessions, records podcasts on sector issues and also speaks at external conferences and seminars. Sarah advises on governance, regulation, structuring, change management, strategic issues, fundraising, constitutional matters and mergers and collaborations involving charities. Sarah is a member of the Charity Law Association and has published articles in several charity sector publications and has first-hand experience working for a charity, as she spent the first two years of her professional life working for an international aid charity.
Sarah has worked with a number of charities including RNLI, Samaritans, Dementia UK, City & Guilds of London Institute, Autistica, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Sarah is recognised as ‘up and coming’ in Chambers UK, a ‘next generation partner’ in Legal 500 and ‘top recommended’ in the Spear’s 500.
Sarah is admitted to practise in England and Wales.
- Conducting governance reviews for a number of well-known charities
- Acting on charity mergers and collaborations between charities and third parties both inside and outside the sector
- Helping founders to establish new charities and advising on the restructuring of existing charities and dealings with the Charity Commission as regulator
- Advising several large national “household name” charities (including some incorporated by Royal Charter) on a wide variety of issues including significant changes to their governing documents
- Providing support at board meetings and advising on the role and responsibilities of charity trustees
- Providing bespoke client training
Charity Training series: Session 2
Join us for the second session in our Charity Training series where we will cover training for Charity Trustees and Senior Executives.
Charity Training series: Session 1
Join us for the first session in our Charity Training series where we will discuss ESG for Charities.
Sarah Rowley quoted by Charity Finance on the legal issues facing charities in 2022
The charities bill will make a number of changes to the legal landscape, but charities also need to be aware of other upcoming legislation.
Philanthropy Insights – A discussion with John Pepin and Rennie Hoare of Philanthropy Impact
Join us as we discuss the current landscape of philanthropy in the UK and current trends, priorities and concerns amongst philanthropists.
Sarah Rowley appears in the Apollo and Charles Russell Speechlys’ art law series on the future of museum governance
Are the responsibilities and duties of museum boards in the UK the same as they were, say, 20 years ago?
Rethinking Museum Governance
What are the legal responsibilities of museum trustees?
Charles Russell Speechlys become a Corporate Member of Philanthropy Impact
Charles Russell Speechlys are delighted to become a Corporate Member of Philanthropy Impact.
A new bill offers hope of less bureaucracy for charities
Doing Business Responsibly: Food & Beverage
A return to growth will be a priority post-pandemic for F&B businesses, and doing business responsibly could help you to achieve it
Setting up a charitable foundation and sustainable investment
Heather Maizels and Sarah Rowley discuss aspects of philanthropy, including setting up a charitable foundation and sustainable investments
Our pro bono work is helping to feed NHS workers nationwide fighting COVID-19.
COVID-19: Charity Update
COVID-19 has placed charities and not-for-profits under financial pressure, yet their role is more important than ever.
Charles Russell Speechlys promotes nine to Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys has promoted nine lawyers to Partner, effective 1 May 2019.
Automatic disqualification: the rules change on 1 August 2018
Charities should have systems in place to check whether any of their trustees or senior managers will now be disqualified.
Creative use of your inspiring venues to raise funds
Once regular visiting hours are over, are you making the most of your carefully curated gallery?
Sarah Rowley provides an update on the topic of 'safeguarding' following recent scandals in the sector.
Charities’ wrongs – can the law remedy them?
Sarah Rowley was recently quoted in The Times in an article focussing on the Oxfam GB case in Haiti.
Sarah Rowley comments in The Times on whether the law can right charities' wrongs
Fundraising: the new dawn
The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 amends fundraising provisions in previous Acts and introduces new requirements.