Intrepid lawyers at Stone King paddle for charity

Stone King’s Cambridge and Bath offices paddled to the beat of a drum at two Dragon Boat Race fundraising events in September.

Dressed as Kings, the Stone King Dragons in Cambridge mustered nine crew members and teamed up with four rowers from Allia to complete the squad for the 15th annual race on the River Cam.

The same weekend, 12 paddlers from the national law firm’s Bath office took to the River Avon. Whilst both teams did not make it past the heat stages, what the teams lacked in speed they made up for in enthusiasm.

Charity Training - The Essential Trustee and Governance in Practice with PwC - Bristol - 07.11.2019

This introduction session is to equip all charity senior management and trustees – new and experienced alike – with the knowledge they need to carry out their roles efficiently. Covering key Charity Commission guidance and the underlying charity law duties, the aim is to help you implement best practice, prevent and deal with problems when they arise and recognise when further input is needed.

The session is built around the Charity Commission’s core guidance, including “The Essential Trustee”, “It’s Your Decision” “Recognising and Managing Conflicts of Interest”, and the new Governance Codes of Practice endorsed by the Commission. Topics include:

  • the importance of good management information and how to manage in times of financial stress
  • key duties and liabilities of charity trustees and recent regulatory case reports relevant to your role as a charity trustee.

All sessions are interactive and provide the opportunity for you to put your questions to expert advisors.

Date & Location

Thursday 7 November 

2 Glass Wharf,


4.00pm - Registration
4.30pm - Start 
6.00pm - Finish


Members of the Charity & Social Enterprise Team.


This event is free of charge.


Any cancellation received with less than 2 working days’ notice will not be entitled to a refund. Your booking can be transferred into a name of a substitute delegate at any time - please contact Events or call 0800 111 4336 with the details.

Stone King completes interim management of Essex Islamic Academy

The Charity Commission has published its inquiry report into the Essex Islamic Academy, also known as Ripple Road Mosque, of which national law firm Stone King’s partner Jonathan Burchfield has been the Interim Manager.

The Charity Commission found that the charity’s trustees had failed to properly manage and administer the charity and its resources or act in accordance with the charity’s safeguarding policies, resulting in it being abused to facilitate terrorism offences.

Stone King's Annual Legacy Conference 2019

​Join us for our annual Legacy Conference, in which our Charity Legacy Team will review some of the current challenges that are arising in respect to the legal areas around legacies.

Further information on topics and speakers will be confirmed shortly.

Date and Location

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Farmers and Fletchers in the City
3 Cloth Street


9.30am - 4.30pm

Followed by drinks and canapés reception.


To be confirmed shortly.


£90 inc. VAT

Organisation discount price of £55 (inc. VAT) per delegate when 3 or more delegates from the same organisation book at the same time. Please contact for your discount code.

Any cancellation received with less than 2 working days’ notice will not be entitled to a refund. Your booking can be transferred into a name of a substitute delegate at any time - please contact Events or call 0800 111 4336 with the details.

Stone King’s community commitment inspires it to hold litter picks

Stone King has taken a lead in organising a number of litter picks as part of its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The litter picking events will see three of its offices in Bath, Cambridge and Leeds taking to the streets on Wednesday, September 25, and spending an hour sprucing the areas up.

Other businesses are also planning to get involved, with Stone King’s Birmingham and London offices planning other environmentally-friendly initiatives.

Stone King’s Managing Partner Steven Greenwood said:

Charity & Social Enterprise Sector Debate 2019 - London

The Motion:

"To be, or not to be, that is the question"

This oft-quoted line from Hamlet opens Prince Hamlet’s soliloquy in which he bemoans the pain and unfairness of life, but acknowledges that the alternative might be far worse.  So what does this have to do with charities and social enterprises?

The traditional model of charity is built on the principle of philanthropy; individuals donate what they can to be used by charities in a prudent manner to achieve charitable impact.  The business model is intentionally designed to operate in a prudent fashion, not taking risks, whilst being run as close to a deficit as is possible.  Charities are expected to be and behave as charities.  But what is the alternative?

In recent years in all areas of society we have seen technology and social development drive change at an unparalleled rate.  The business model upon which much of the private sector is based has changed; whereas consumers once valued ownership (for example, cars, CDs, records) now they value access on a subscription model (for example, car clubs, streaming services). Many “traditional” for profit businesses now aim to make a positive impact, rather than simply focussing on growth and enhanced shareholder value. Changes in technology and society have enabled this to happen, creating a spectrum of social enterprises that are able to have a social purpose, while also creating wealth. 

In a speech soon after her appointment, Baroness Stowell, Chair of the Charity Commission, said “People can find other ways to do good that do not depend on registered charities”.  She concluded: “We cannot assume that the concept of the registered charity remains the primary vehicle through which people express their charitable instincts into the future”.    

So, “To be, or not to be (a registered charity), that is the question”.

Stone King has put together a panel of leading experts from across the third sector to debate whether the future of the sector should remain dependant on a model of philanthropy to deliver positive purpose as opposed to leading the change for social enterprises that deliver impact whilst generating wealth for those who lead them.  The debate will include an opportunity to put questions on this theme to the panel and will be followed by networking drinks.

Our Speakers


Baroness Pitkeathley
President of NCVO



Jonathan Bland
Managing Director at Social Business International


To be:

Jonathan Burchfield - Charity Partner, Stone King
Rosie Chapman - Chair of the Charity Governance Code Steering Group
Kathy Evans - Chief Executive, Children England


Not to be:

Julian Blake - Social Enterprise Partner, Stone King
Chris Wright - Chief Executive, Catch22
Vicky Browning - Chief Executive, ACEVO

Date & Location

Wednesday 16 October 2019

One Birdcage Walk,


3.30pm - Arrival and registration

4.00pm - Debate begins

6.00pm - Closing comments, followed by drinks and canapés 

8.00pm - End of event


Places at this event will be charged at £50.

Clients of Stone King are invited to attend for free by emailing Please include in your email any dietary requirements of which we may need to be aware.


Any cancellation received with less than 2 working days’ notice will not be entitled to a refund. Your booking can be transferred into a name of a substitute delegate at any time - please contact Events or call 0800 111 4336 with the details.


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