Tim Rutherford

Tim Rutherford

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Charity & Social Enterprise Team

“He is a popular figure in the market, known for his approachable manner and good advice.” - Chambers UK 2014

“Market observers comment strongly on his intellectual prowess.” – Chambers UK 2013

Tim Rutherford is a partner and Head of the firm’s Charity & Social Enterprise Sector Group. Tim specializes in advising on charity law, governance and related issues. Tim is also experienced in advising charities and organisations in relation to insolvency and risk management issues. 

Tim has a national reputation for advising charities related to faith organisations (in particular Roman Catholic religious orders and Dioceses) and Almshouses.  He was responsible for the first incorporation of a Roman Catholic religious order charity as a CIO and has since established more than 10 similar CIOs in the past few years.  Tim is a regular speaker at sector events including providing trustee training to the members of the Conference of Religious (the umbrella body for all Roman Catholic religious orders), speaking on charity matters to the International Union of Superior Generals, presenting at the Catholic Charity Conference, presenting to the Almshouse Association and presenting to the Conference of Catholic Diocesan Financial Secretaries on charity and canon law issues.  Tim was the editor of “Embracing Change”, a handbook prepared for Roman Catholic religious institutes to mark 2015 as the Year of Consecrated Life, a copy of which can be downloaded by clicking this link.

Tim is based in our Bath office, but divides his time between our Bath and London offices.  Tim is recognised by Legal 500 (2015) as one of the two leading individuals advising charities in the South West and was instrumental in establishing the Bath Trustee Network.

Tim is a member of the Charity Law Association (and has sat on several recent working parties) a member of the Executive Committee of the Conference of Solicitors for Catholic Charities, a former Trustee of the Bath Volunteer Centre and a member of the Parochial Church Council of Bath Abbey.

Tim is an ADR Group accredited mediator.



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