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Stephen has specialised in charity and not-for-profit law since qualifying as a solicitor in 1997.

Stephen acts for clients of all sizes, helping them with a wide range of issues that includes new charity registrations, incorporations, governance matters, mergers, trustee training, dealings with the Charity Commission and fundraising matters.

Stephen has enormous expertise in advising on Academy projects. 

Over the last 10 years Stephen has worked with more than 50 sponsored Academies and more than 100 converter Academies.  This depth of experience means Stephen is often able to save clients time and fees by anticipating potential issues at the earliest stage.

Stephen is a member of the Executive Committee of the Charity Law Association and has participated in many working parties for the CLA reviewing new areas of law.

What our clients say

Stephen Ravenscroft is an educational specialist

Legal 500, 2021

What our clients say

"pragmatic and commercial," and "a really detailed and academic black-letter lawyer."

Client feedback in Chambers - 2020

What our clients say

...impresses with his "incredible retention of detail and his forward thinking."

Chambers - 2011

What our clients say "outstanding".

Legal 500 - 2012

What our clients say highly regarded for his work with third sector clients. He works with a broad range of charities across a wide spectrum of issues, including charity registrations, governance, mergers and trustee issues.

Chambers - 2013

What our clients say

...impresses clients and peers with his "user-friendly approach," as well as his vast expertise advising both academies and charities on a wide range of issues. He acts as the ongoing charity law adviser to Pears Foundation.

Chambers - 2015

What our clients say

Stephen Ravenscroft is a charity law expert who works with education clients and has experience of establishing academy umbrella trusts. "He is a great technical lawyer," say observers.

Chambers - 2015

What our clients say

Stephen Ravenscroft is well known for his work on charitable matters in the education sector, with noted expertise advising on academy conversions. His broader expertise in the not-for-profit sector includes work on governance and compliance issues.

Chambers - 2016