Charity & Social Enterprise Team
“She has been a great help - she provides pragmatic advice and can be relied on to assist at short notice.” - Chambers 2017
Reema is a Senior Associate in the Charity & Social Enterprise Team. She acts for charities, CICs and social enterprises, ranging from start-ups to historic and international charities.
She is experienced in a wide range of work:
- New charity registrations
- Governance and constitutional issues
- Incorporation of unincorporated charities
- Disputes among trustees and between charities and their stakeholders
- Restructurings, mergers and takeovers and collaborative working
- Trading issues
Reema is developing a specialism in advising charities which have a particular emphasis on supporting women and girls, which interest covers a wide range of organisations working in education, health, employment, poverty and many others. She is a trustee of a domestic violence charity, which is not only rewarding but also gives her insight into clients’ perspectives and what they want from their solicitor.
Reema is on the Executive Committee of the Charity Law Association, a membership organisation for those who advise on or use charity law. Reema co-chaired the CLA’s annual conference in October 2016 and will be the lead conference chair in 2017. She has also participated in a number of CLA working parties, which provide technical input to help develop charity law. The most recent of these include the working parties on the new Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 and the Law Commission’s consultation on technical issues in charity law.
Reema trained and practised for a number of years at a Magic Circle firm, before specialising in charity law. Her corporate and banking experience provides a commercial underpinning to her understanding of the sector and knowledge of charity law.
Reema was part of the Stone King team to complete the consolidation of four major Masonic charities on 1 April 2016. This was the culmination of more than three years’ work to consolidate four charities – the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, the Grand Charity, the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution and the Masonic Samaritan Fund – under the umbrella of a new charity, the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The project included advising on the significant work needed to restructure all four charities, obtaining multiple consents from the Charity Commission, consulting with the charities’ many and varied stakeholders and giving employment and corporate commercial advice.
Reema has led on the establishment of many new charities, including Team Rubicon UK, a new disaster relief charity which won £2.5m of funding as part of the government’s distribution of the LIBOR bank fines.