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Jayne Adams

Jayne Adams
Consultant Charities & Not for Profits Solicitor

A specialist charities and not for profits lawyer since 2003, Jayne demystifies the legal and regulatory labyrinth and pinpoints the centre of the governance maze. Her knowledge and expertise are twinned with a genuine interest in and sincere appreciation for her clients’ important work, and she is committed to helping clients thrive. She devises clear, comprehensive and commercially-minded yet sensitive solutions to situations clients encounter. Her advice focuses on identifying the appropriate route forwards, driven by what is in the best interests of the organisation and its beneficiaries. 

Jayne advises charities and not for profits of all types, forms, structures and sizes. Her wide-ranging expertise includes governance and constitutional matters, restructuring, collaborative working and mergers, board composition and management structures, advising on the interpretation and implications of new legislation and guidance, trustee duties, contracts and agreements, serious incident management and reporting, regulatory requirements, company secretarial matters, British Isles cross border concerns, permanent endowment and specie property, Gift Aid, legacies (contentious or otherwise) and donations, fundraising matters, grant conditions, corporate sponsorship, regulatory enquiries and investigations and the formation and dissolution of organisations. 

Jayne’s extensive knowledge, practical experience and empathetic understanding are significantly enhanced by her service as a Chair, board member and trustee, as well as through the provision of in-house consultancy. In these capacities, she demonstrates and is deeply involved in governance expertise, strategic direction, policies, reviewing, monitoring and challenging performance, risk management and, of course, the input of legal knowledge. Jayne is currently Chair of the Governing Body of Walthamstow Hall, an independent school in Sevenoaks, Kent. 

Not usually at a loss for words, Jayne enjoys providing bespoke training sessions for charity trustees and regularly lectures and writes about her specialist areas. She also contributes precedent documents and guidance notes to Practical Law Company (a leading provider of legal resources and know-how for lawyers) and delivers training through MBL Seminars (which provide learning and professional development for professional service firms). 

Away from her desk, Jayne is devoted equally to period detective fiction and her mini trampoline. Never knowingly underdressed, she has a fascination for the history of dress and a love of vintage fashion. She is a great fan of ballet, theatre, music and art, as well as a good long country walk - especially in her native Scotland and ideally with a castle en route.

Practice areas

Charity Law

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