Rosamund McCarthy Etherington
Co-Head Charity Sector, Partner
Rosamund is Co-Head of the Charity Sector at Stone King. For more than 30 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.
For more than 30 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 has recently finished 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.
"She is a very good client-facing practitioner."
"Rosamund is a pleasure to work with."
"She is a superb professional adviser."
"Rosamund is an absolute powerhouse. She is supportive, dynamic and incredibly insightful, particularly around the interrelations of charity law and campaigning."
"….she is extremely able, very hard working and willing to work collaboratively to meet our needs. She is very well connected and well informed about sector developments."
Chambers and Partners (UK) 2019/20
"Rosamund McCarthy is without doubt the best there is. She combines her expertise with compassion and an unrelenting focus on the specific needs of her clients. And this never falters despite being under extreme pressure."
Legal 500 (UK) 2019/20
"….has a high profile in the charity sector acting for the top 100 charities on governance and complex matters."
Legal 500 2019/20
"A leading practitioner with experience in a wide range of charity law issues. She has notable expertise advising clients on regulatory matters and inquiries as well as assisting with corporate structuring and governance issues."
“Rosamund McCarthy is very impressive and can handle tricky issues.”
Chambers - 2023
“She's a bit of a legend in the field and is a really passionate lawyer.”
Chambers - 2023