Ann is a Consultant in Stone King’s Charity & Social Enterprise team.
She was a Partner of Stone King for almost 20 years and served as Stone King’s Chair from 2014 until 2020, when she became a Consultant.
Ann has long been regarded as one of the UK’s foremost experts in charity law, with a career advising charities and philanthropists spanning over 40 years. Over that time, she has worked with all types of charity, including many well-known charities, national and international, and some of the country’s oldest charitable bodies. This means she is very familiar with the technical and governance problems facing large organisations and long-established institutions, as well as the practical solutions needed to achieve their organisational aims.
Ann is a member of the Charity Law Association and served as its Chair from 2011 to 2014. She is also a member of the Society of Estate Practitioners (STEP) Charities Special Interest Group.
In September 2022 Ann was appointed onto the Board of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, as a Legal Board Member.
Ann has advised charities, social enterprises and philanthropists on all charity law matters including:
Ann read Jurisprudence at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University.
Ann is a trustee of The Poetry Society and of a small grant-making charity.
When not working (and sometimes when she is) Ann spends as much time as possible in the remote north-west Highlands.
‘Ann Phillips has been a great source of strength, expertise and legal brain. Equally Julian Blake. Efficient, focused, rounded and informed in their advice. Their work is pre-emptive, thoughtful and acknowledges the operating environment of their client’.
"Very experienced and knowledgeable. She has a very good understanding of our business and is aware of the current issues affecting our sector."
Client Feedback in Chambers, 2021
"Calm, immensely knowledgeable, authoritative, reassuring to clients and practical. She is renowned for her expertise and good judgement."
Client feedback in Chambers - 2020
"Her client service is excellent, she's a very good listener and she provides up-to-date, knowledgeable advice."
Chambers - 2019
Ann Phillips is held by commentators to be "clearly one of the leading practitioners in charity law in the UK." Her clients "really value the help and advice she's given us, both nationally and locally - she's always keen to help and assist."
Chambers - 2013
Ann Phillips is described as "lucid not only on paper but also in person". An "authoritative market presence"
Chambers - 2014
Clients are equally impressed with the "thorough and comprehensive" advice she provides on complex charity law matters: "She has striven to understand our business and has acted as an effective conduit, connecting us with the right people in the team to advise us on various issues."
Chambers - 2015
Sources describe her as "very knowledgeable and practical" and "a main name in charity law" and a "serious figure in the sector," who garners considerable respect from peers.
Chambers - 2016