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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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Simon Nightingale

Partner — Private Client

Direct dial: 01202 755220


  • “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 and the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners, and a Member of the Council of the Notaries Society.

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



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Sam Freeman

Partner — Corporate and Commercial

Direct dial: 01202 205024 (please note no voicemail)


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  • “First Class Service. ....Sam and Victoria were an absolute pleasure to work with whilst expertly guiding us through the pitfalls of the merger. I would highly recommend anyone considering an acquisition or merger to speak with Sam.”

    Caroline Kelleway, Burns Property Management and Lettings Limited

  • “I launched POW Energy Water with 15 years experience in food and drink, but no experience in the legalities of setting up and structuring a business. Sam and his team have been fantastic helping me secure finance and trademarks, ensuring I am safe in the knowledge that my back is covered so I can concentrate on growing by business.”

    Ed Woolner, Founder & Managing Director - POW Energy Water

  • “Sam Freeman is an excellent solicitor who is extremely knowledgeable and who shows great patience and kindness when dealing with someone who is unfamiliar with legal matters.”

    Jane Balmforth

  • “Straight forward and easy to work with and very helpful.”

    Adrian Broom

  • “Sam is very good at understanding what we need, even if we aren't that clear. He keeps us up to date and gives clear concise advice when needed.”

    Judith Young

Sam is head of our Corporate and Commercial team and is a vastly experienced corporate lawyer having advised a wide variety of businesses within a range of sectors.

Sam’s particular specialisms include share and assets acquisitions and disposals, company restructures, shareholder agreements and partnerships. Sam enjoys helping people succeed in business regardless of whether the client is a small local set up or a large national organisation. Whatever the concern, Sam provides a calm personable approach to his work ensuring clients are guided in a practical straightforward manner.

Away from work Sam has recently become a dad for the first time, although when the time permits he enjoys playing cricket and pursuing the never ending task of trying to lower his golf handicap.

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