Charity firm opens in Cambridge

Charity specialist Stone King has opened an office in Cambridge to focus on providing advice to Cambridge colleges, schools and East Anglia charities.

Senior Partner and head of the firm’s Charity & Education Team, Michael King said: “We recognise that the Cambridge Colleges will eventually have to register as charities with the Charity Commission, and that with the advent of the Charities Act 2006, charities generally will need advice on charity law and practice. We have the specialist skills and the enthusiasm to make a difference”.

Stone King has existing charity and education clients including Arts Council England, Battersea Dogs and Cats Homes, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and Sherborne and Downside schools. The firm also has bases in London and Bath.

As reported on (1 March 2007), City firm Charles Russell also opened an office in Cambridge this month, making it the first City firm to have office in both Cambridge and Oxford.

Charles Russell’s intentions to launch in Cambridge were revealed in The Lawyer (20 November, 2006) with the triple hire of Hewitsons employment partners Tim Tyndall, Nick Sawyer and Hilary Aldred.

As well as advising on corporate matters, Charles Russell’s Cambridge base is also developing a not-for-profit practice, putting it in direct competition with Stone King.

Charles Russell’s Cambridge office came just 18 months after the firm opened the doors to its Oxford office, and gives the firm it’s fifth UK base after those in London, Guildford and Cheltenham.