Tom specialises in charity law and is particularly known for his expertise in charitable status, the development of novel charitable purposes and the governance and control of complex charity structures, including charity spin-offs from the state. He acts for a wide variety of charities and social enterprises in various areas, including public interest information, social investment, educational and campaigning organisations; academic, professional and learned institutions; and heritage, science and environmental/conservation charities.
Tom advises on contentious and charity-law compliance issues, structural re-organisations, amendment of royal charters, trading, mergers and restricted funds, special trusts and endowments. Tom also has extensive experience of Interim Manager (“IM”) work, both being appointed by the Charity Commission as IM in several high-profile cases and in assisting Stone King clients respond to Charity Commission investigations and IM appointments.
"an expert in charity law who is confident and highly personable." Client Feedback in Chambers, 2021.
Recent charity work includes:
Interests include the 'common good', ‘public interest’ information and social-purpose enterprise and finance.
"He is delightful to work with. He gets to the heart of the issues involved in a case quickly."
"Tom is an excellent charities lawyer who demonstrates excellent judgement. He is shrewd and charming too."
"He is a very good technical lawyer who has sound instincts."
"Tom is an extremely thoughtful, thorough and pragmatic individual."
‘Tom Murdoch has provided very sound advice that reflects his understanding of the practical realities of running a charity. He has continued to provide pragmatic advice.’
‘Both Tom Murdoch and Sam Dowgill have been approachable, listen well and respond in a timely way.’
‘I have worked with one individual in particular at Stone King (Tom Murdoch). He has gone out of his way to support, encourage, inform, structure, enable and ensure success in the projects that we have been working on together (gaining charitable status for local news organisations). I cannot speak highly enough of Tom, who demonstrates both a deep knowledge of the law and the ability to apply it exceptionally well on behalf of his clients (in this case the charitable body on whose board I sit).’
"An expert in charity law who is confident and highly personable."
Client Feedback in Chambers, 2021
"He provides quality advice that is well presented and has insight into what we are trying to achieve."
Client feedback in Chambers - 2020
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