Tom Murdoch

Charity & Social Enterprise Team

Tom acts for a wide variety of charities and social enterprises on diverse legal issues including: novel charitable purposes, spin-offs from the state, structural re-organisations, including governance reviews, amendment of royal charters, trading issues, charity campaigning, charity appeals, mergers and charities specialising in health and social care. 

Recent charity work includes:

  • acting for the Royal Society, the National Trust and English Heritage;
  • first registration of new charitable purposes Wikimedia UK (the organisation underlying Wikipedia) and local Healthwatch (local authority public health responsibilities);
  • closure of The Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund;
  • assisting DEFRA with the establishment of the Canal and Riverside Trust, the successor organisation in England and Wales to the British Waterways Board; and 
  • participating in both the NCVO’s and the Charity Law Association’s reviews of the Charities Act 2006 and the potential recognition of public benefit journalism as a charitable purpose.

Outside work, Tom is a trustee of Zambia Orphans of AIDS. Interests include the 'common good', charities and social enterprise/social finance.

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    Recent testimonials

    "an expert in charity law who is confident and highly personable."

    Client Feedback in Chambers, 2021

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    Recent testimonials

    "He provides quality advice that is well presented and has insight into what we are trying to achieve."

    Client feedback in Chambers - 2020

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    Recent testimonials

    Tom Murdoch …is praised for his "integrity and attention to detail as well as his remarkable energy and complete focus on achieving great results for his clients. He remains calm and persuasive when dealing with regulators and counterparties during the most complex negotiations".

    Legal 500 - 2017


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