Livery Companies

Our work for Livery Companies reflects the full range of their involvement in the City and wider community. We advise on Company constitutional and governance issues, including amendments to Charters and subordinate constitutional documents, bringing to this an understanding of the history and ethos of Companies as well as the dynamics of the roles of members and officers. We understand the central role that charities play in the life of Livery Companies and provide tailored, specialist support. We have expertise in the areas of charitable activity most often associated with Livery Companies, from modern grant-making to operation of almshouses and independent schools and academies. We work extensively with schools across the maintained and independent sectors and so have a deep understanding of the issues faced by Companies and their educational foundations in the current changing educational environment.

Our work includes:

  • advising on Company governance
  • changes to Charters and other constitutional documents
  • advising on relationships between Companies and their charitable foundations
  • restructuring of charitable activity
  • reviewing relationships with charitable foundations and school governing bodies
  • advising on grant-making activity including social investment aspects
  • operational matters arising in relation to almshouses
  • advising on trading subsidiary operation
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    “Stone King's overriding value is the care and the support of their clients. They are fully aware of our needs and ensure that they maintain excellent service.”

    Client feedback in Chambers 2017

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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."

    Client feedback in Chambers 2016

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    Recent testimonials

    "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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    Recent testimonials

    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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    Recent testimonials

    "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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