Bates Wells stays top of the charity league

BATES Wells & Braithwaite retains its title as the country's leading charity firm, according to the 1996 Henderson Top 2,000 Charities guide, with Farrer & Co coming in at second place.

Following its merger with Turner Kenneth & Brown, Nabarro Nathanson enters the table for the first time in third place with 27 charity clients.

Bates Wells, which is based in London, has 40 charity clients. Senior partner Andrew Phillips said: “We are delighted about being named number one firm but realise there is a good deal of chance about where one ends up in these leagues.

“We have always had a commitment to the voluntary sector.”

For the third year running, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution is top of the legacy league table, receiving £38.4 in legacy income.

Of the 50 charities listed, 44 per cent fall into just three categories: animals, cancer and children. The highest voluntary income goes to Church Commissioners and the highest investment income to the Wellcome Trust.

Hendersons confirms that despite fears that the general public might be suffering from charity fatigue, voluntary income continues to grow in the UK charity sector. Among the top 2,000 charities, voluntary income this year totalled £2,684 million.