Robert Meakin

Partner
Charity & Social Enterprise Team

Robert Meakin has over 25 years' experience of advising charities. He was a lawyer at the Charity Commission for five years before entering private practice.  He holds a PhD in charity law and an LLM in Canon Law and is the author of “The Law of Charitable Status: Maintenance and Removal” (Cambridge University Press, 2008) which was referred to in Parliamentary debates: publications-parliament and “Charity in the NHS: Policy and Practice” (Jordans, 1998). He has contributed to other books on charity law and frequently contributes to “The Charity Law and Practice Review” and “Law and Justice.”

Robert has extensive experience in charity law and social enterprises. Recent work has included advising clients in respect of high profile charity investigations, numerous applications for charity registrations and hive off of schools from religious orders and dioceses into independent charities. He has recently been appointed the firm’s lead partner for Catholic schools.

Robert lives in Cambridge and works in both our Cambridge and London offices.

  

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    Recent testimonials

    "He is efficient and responds in a timely manner. Robert recognises and understands the needs of charity clients."

    Chambers - 2019

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    Recent testimonials

    The "absolutely brilliant" Robert Meakin is popular amongst sources, which highlight that he is "enormously well informed, clear-thinking and dynamic." He has a wealth of experience in the sector, having formerly worked at the Charity Commission, and is especially knowledgeable about issues affecting faith-based charities.

    Chambers - 2014

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    Recent testimonials

    Robert Meakin is a key point of contact within the Cambridge charities team, and has advised charities for over 25 years, many of them faith-based organisations. His recent body of work includes providing general charity law advice in the form of incorporations, trust deeds and amendments of byelaws.

    Chambers - 2015

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    Recent testimonials

    Robert Meakin has extensive experience of advising clients on canon and charity law and is renowned for his expertise on both. Sources say his "advice is excellent, and it is always timely, thorough and adds value."

    Chambers - 2016

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    Recent testimonials

    Robert Meakin is a 'key player'

    Legal 500 - 2017

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