Learned and Professional Bodies

We work with chartered and non-chartered professional bodies and with learned societies in disciplines from science, engineering and technology to the humanities and the arts.  

Leadership of professions and academic disciplines has to be founded on effective engagement with members within a robust governance structure. Practical, tailored constitutional documents, policies and procedures are crucial to meet the demands of any rapidly changing profession or academic environment. We regularly assist professional bodies and learned societies with governance reviews and amendment of governing documents, including Royal Charters, Bye-Laws and subordinate policies and documents. We are also familiar with the governance and operational issues that arise, including when working with government and other partners across the UK and internationally. For bodies that also serve as regulatory authorities, we are also able to provide support to resolve the increasing number of disciplinary disputes from enforcement of professional standards and disputes over the qualification of entry to membership.

Our work with professional bodies and learned societies has included: 

  • dealing with changes to Charters and other constitutional documents 
  • advising on governance matters including member disputes and internal reviews of qualification awards
  • modernising charity special purpose funds including prize funds
  • advising on total return for endowment funds   
  • advising on  major grants and structuring of international relationships
  • reviewing procurement issues 
  • advising on trading operations  
  • sale of an academic publishing business
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    "They were incredibly impressive - they have very practical experience in terms of having done it before, and a good understanding of best practice."

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    "The team is lauded for its ‘well-presented advice’ and for the fact that there are ‘sufficient subject matter experts on hand to be able to tackle a wide range of questions’."

    Legal 500 -  2019

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    Many interviewees are quick to laud the insight the firm offers, with one praising the team's "expertise and in-depth knowledge of the charity sector," as well as its "solution-orientated and pragmatic approach."

    Chambers - 2019

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    "They take the time to really get to know the organisation; they offer proactive as well as reactive advice and support, they are incredibly knowledgeable and reliable, the quality of their work is exceptional and they always think things through from all angles."

    Chambers - 2019

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