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Meet our team / Sarah Tomlinson

Sarah Tomlinson

Associate

Associate in the governance, funding and corporate team

My role

My role includes advising local, national and international charities on all aspects of charity law, with a particular focus on governance, structural and contractual matters, including charity formation and regulation, trading and subsidiaries, as well as funding and grant agreements, collaborations, group structures, charity mergers and re-organisations. I also liaise with the Charity Commission on behalf of clients on regulatory and compliance issues.

My experience

I have been at Anthony Collins Solicitors for over 10 years, working in the charities team, supporting clients on a range of concerns and issues. I have a good understanding of how the Charity Commission works and what clients need to do to stay compliant. I also support my colleagues and clients in other sectors, advising on governance arrangements for trust schools and academies.

My specialisms

  • Charity law
  • Governance
  • Structural and contractual issues

Blog


My latest articles

Charities monthly round-up June 2022
Charities monthly round-up June 2022

The days may be longer but this month’s newsletter is short and sweet! We highlight proposed changes to the Annual Return process, a useful resources hub from the Charity Finance Group and provide an update on a case continuing through the courts on the issue of mandatory rates relief for charities.

Charities monthly round-up October 2021
Charities monthly round-up October 2021

Recent changes to government Covid-19 guidance in England and Wales has led to some key developments for the voluntary sector, particularly as charities look towards the winter months.

Everything’s changing in charity law: Part five
Everything’s changing in charity law: Part five

The government did not accept two of the Law Commission’s recommendations - as they saw them as important safeguards in protecting charities interests in property.

Charities monthly round-up 29
Charities monthly round-up 29

The Covid-19 crisis has demonstrated that social capital is the glue that binds communities together.

Charities fortnightly round-up 21
Charities fortnightly round-up 21

The Prime Minister announced on Tuesday 22 September a new range of restrictions to protect us from the Covid crisis, some of which will apply to charities.

Charities weekly round-up 15
Charities weekly round-up 15

Catch up with all the latest charity updates in this week’s news round-up.

Charities weekly round-up 8
Charities weekly round-up 8

To help our charity clients look to the future, we summarise key guidance and updates over the last week.

Charities weekly round-up – 4
Charities weekly round-up – 4

As the weeks go on, we are finding new ways to keep connected and celebrate holidays and festivals together. Charities are leading the way with some great fundraising ideas.

A guide for charities to the Persons of Significant Control (‘PSC’) Register

What is a PSC Register? The PSC register is a new statutory register that most UK companies and LLPs (including charitable companies) will be required to keep from 6th April […]

Are you doubly dependent on your Local Authority?

So what do you do when you are dependent on your local authority for both your revenue funding to carry out your activities and your occupation of the premises from […]