What others say
"The ‘outstanding’ team at Bristows LLP is known for its particular expertise in advising charities operating principally in the science, engineering and technology sector as well as in the arts and culture arena. It has particular strength in advising charities on all the legal aspects relating to medical research. The ‘brilliant’ Mark Hawes shows ‘forensic attention to detail and to strategy’ and Miranda Cass is recommended for her specialism in advising charities on the various taxation issues that they face. Robert Bond serves as a trustee of the South West Grid for Learning – the firm advises it on various commercial, IP/IT and data protection issues. Clients says that Bond ‘has provided exceptional support and advice in particular in relation to data protection and GDPR’. Other key clients include Alzheimer’s Research UK."
Legal 500 2018
"At Bristows LLP, the ‘interaction between all members of the charity division and the firm as a whole is superb. The group consistently provides prompt, professional and meticulous advice, and importantly it is always willing to listen’. Mark Hawes is noted for his ‘grace and diplomacy in keeping everyone informed, aligned and chipper’, and fellow practice head Miranda Cass is ‘somehow able to make light work of tax and VAT issues, deftly explaining the position to clients and then providing practical options that add value’. On the employment side, the ‘unwaveringly brilliant’ Justin Costley produces ‘practical solutions and suggestions no matter how complex the matter’. Highlights included advising on the establishment of Secondary1st, a new high-profile charity focused on secondary breast cancer."
Legal 500 2017
"Bristows LLP provides ‘an excellent, prompt and knowledgeable service’ to an array of not-for-profit clients, most notably in the arts, science, technology, engineering and medical research sectors. Mark Hawes heads the practice and is ‘exceptionally competent, with a good grasp of both strategy and detail’."
Legal 500 2016
"Praised as ‘pure excellence’, Bristows LLP has long counted Royal Charter bodies in the fields of science, technology and engineering on its client list, but also has prowess acting for medical research charities and large international philanthropic foundations, such as Atlantic Philanthropies. Mark Hawes and Miranda Cass, who jointly head the team, ‘have a good understanding of the sector and individual needs of each client’."
Legal 500 2015
Named as one of the top legal advisers to the UK’s top-350 charities
Charity legal survey 2014, Charity Finance