Meet our team / Phil Watts

Phil Watts

Senior associate

Senior associate in the governance, funding and corporate team

My role

I advise charity and education clients on a wide range of governance and commercial matters.

My experience

I have over 25 years’ experience advising charity clients of all shapes and sizes on matters such as establishment, governance, funding, reorganisation, group structures, mergers, acquisitions, trading and dealing with the Charity Commission. In the last fifteen years, I have also specialised in governance arrangements for trust schools and academies and have been involved in establishing and providing ongoing advice to well over 250 academies and multi-academy trusts.

My specialisms

  • Charity law and governance
  • Academies – establishment and governance


My latest articles

Charities monthly round-up August 2023
Charities monthly round-up August 2023

July was a month of research, with the Charity Commission (the Commission) publishing three(!) major pieces of analysis: its research on public trust in charities; its research on trustees’ opinions; […]

Charities monthly round-up January 2023
Charities monthly round-up January 2023

Welcome to our charities monthly round-up for January 2023. This month we share with you key ‘finance-focused’ updates.

Academy Trust Handbook 2022
Academy Trust Handbook 2022

It will be no surprise that the changes in this year’s edition of the Academy Trust Handbook are minimal and far fewer than has been the case in recent years.

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