Rosamund McCarthy Etherington
For more than 25 years, Rosamund has utilised the law to create, merge or restructure charities and not-for-profits, set up efficient funding arrangements and work alongside as well as challenge the decisions of regulators. As well as advising on long term and technical charity law issues, she also advises charities in the eye of the storm, helping them to navigate through a regulatory, governance and media maze. Rosamund has a track record in defending the rights of charities and campaign bodies.
She also advises political bodies and campaigners on non-party campaigning electoral law and is the co-founder of the Electoral Law Forum. Rosamund is a trusted advisor to the Chief Executives, Chairs, and Boards of charities. She works across many sectors, including children and young people, international development, education, the arts, faith, animal welfare and health. Rosamund’s clients include start-ups, household name charities, international foundations, membership bodies, royal charter bodies and corporate foundations.
Rosamund is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Legal 500 (Band 1) and in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame. Rosamund has had experience of advising on most issues affecting charities including:
Rosamund was previously a Charity Partner at Bates Wells where she trained and worked for thirty years, playing a key role in growing and building the Charity and Social Enterprise Department.
Rosamund has a degree in political science from the University of Bristol and studied for her legal practice qualifications in London.
Rosamund is passionate about civil society, voluntary and community action. She was the founder and first chair of Poet in the City and has also worked in a professional capacity as a Director or Trustee of a variety of other organisations and councils, including the Small Charities Coalition, Free Word, the Friend Publications, Citizens UK and the Samuel Johnson Non-Fiction Prize Limited. She was also Chair of the Bates Wells Foundation, that hosts the Stephen Lloyd Awards.
In order to find new inspiration for the governance work Rosamund undertakes with Boards and organisations, she is currently on a course at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations called Deepening Creative Practice with Organisations. The course takes a multi-disciplinary and non-linear approach to working with organisations. She is interested in psychodynamic and group dynamics and for eight years was a member of a psychodynamic group led by a leading figure in the Institute of Group Analysis.
Her other interests include poetry, politics, drawing, dancing, yoga and the theatre.