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People often overlook the complexity of law surrounding the operation and management of charities. It is not only the charity, but the trustees and individuals behind it, that are bound by a number of extensive duties. The Charity Commission is becoming increasingly keen to take action where these obligations are not being complied with.

Acting on behalf of charities is a specialist area and Laceys offer a full range of services to charities and non profit making organisations, to help guide you from creation through to expansion and development.

We can oversee the formation and registration of charitable trusts, companies and organisations as well as any restructures or mergers, helping to ensure that the structure selected is the most suitable.

We can advise not for profit bodies on the appointment of trustees and explain their duties, both in the day to day running of the charity and in light of certain events or circumstances, such as changes in charities legislation or best practice.

We are also able to assist with the drafting, reviewing and updating of not for profits’ constitutions (the charity’s “rule book”), dictating how it can act and setting out the rights and obligations of its trustees and members. We can help to ensure not only that this document is compliant with charity legislation, but can be adhered to from a practical level from one day to the next.

In addition, we appreciate the fact that fundraising is often the lifeblood of a charity, and are able to guide charities through the complexities or marketing and fundraising law. By setting out their obligations and reviewing their policies, terms and practices, we help to ensure that our clients are following best practice.

For any further advice on charity issues please contact one of our team today to see how we can help.

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Meet the Team

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Simon Nightingale

Partner — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755220
Switchboard: 01202 755980


  • “All our deadlines were carried out and executed swiftly and very promptly at all times - very satisfied all round. I think the above sums up the way we feel we were treated.”

    Mr and Mrs W J Hales

  • “Uncomplicated explanations much appreciated. Nothing "snobby" or aloof.”

    Mrs Shirley Critchley

  • “Polite and helpful with regard to my understanding.”

    Eric Place

  • “I was very concerned about having to make changes to my Will but Mr Nightingale was so kind and helpful and made it so painless.”

    Sheila Eaton

A Partner in the Private Client Department and a Notary Public, Simon was head of the Private Client Department in Horsey Lightly Fynn which merged with Laceys in December 2015.

Simon deals with a complete range of Private Client matters, including Wills, Trusts, Tax Planning, Trusts and Estates Planning, Administration of Estates, Court of Protection, Charities, Probate Disputes and Agricultural matters. Specific areas of interest are issues affecting succession in family businesses and farming in particular, the incorporation and governance of Charities and dealing with disputes relating to Wills and contested estates.

He qualified as a solicitor in London in 1975 after gaining an LLB from Southampton University, and subsequently qualified as a Notary Public in 1988. Simon is a member of the Charity Law Association, the Notaries Society and the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners.

When not working he plays tennis, and enjoys walking on the Jurassic Coast and (not often enough) playing golf.

Edwina Young

Associate — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 205020
Switchboard: 01202 557256


  • “We have always received excellent, concise advice from Laceys which was invaluable help when starting our brand and securing our trademarks. Not only that but Edwina is a pleasure to work with and made sure everything was as simple and easy as possible for us.”

    Neil Bowler, Secretary of Astrid Andreassen Ltd

  • “The expertise, patience, professionalism and understanding provided by Edwina was exactly what we needed. The guiding hand and excellent advice helped us navigate the legal implications of a new business activity and we're extremely grateful for that.”


  • “It’s a pleasure working with you – just thought I’d tell you!”

    Claire Timbrell, Managing Director, Bebop Strategic

  • “Edwina Young has provided invaluable advise and assisted in numerous areas including contract creation, trade mark registration and international company formation. All delivered in a clear and detailed way, in the time frame we needed.”

    Warren Ayrton, Mobius International UK Ltd

Edwina works within our Corporate and Commercial team and advises an entire spectrum of clients, from start up businesses through to large international corporations, on a wide range of commercial and corporate issues. Her areas of expertise include commercial contracts, intellectual property, charity law and regulatory law.

Having been described as both “knowledgeable” and “a great IP lawyer” in recent years Legal 500 results, Edwina enjoys building an ongoing relationship with her clients, understanding their business in order that she can offer practical and tailored advice.

Outside of the office Edwina’s interests include yoga, trying new fitness classes and exploring new countries (when she finds the time). She is also a Grade 8 standard pianist.

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