Emma leads the charities team having joined the firm in 2007 from a leading London charity practice.  The team spends 100% of its time supporting charities and not for profit organisations.

She specialises in governance and constitutional issues for charities and advises trustees and directors on their legal duties and responsibilities, ensuring compliance with the law and regulation.

Main areas of work include the establishment of new charities, incorporations and governance reviews, restructuring, mergers, collaborations and partnerships, trading, fundraising and tax, commercial contracts affecting charities and compliance issues, including Charity Commission regulatory action. Emma is also on the panel of Charity Commission approved Interim Managers.

Emma is down to earth and straightforward in her approach, believing clients in this sector benefit from practical advice which is tailored to achieve their aims; supporting clients to deliver their objectives for the benefit of the communities they serve.

Emma is immersed in the sector through her work with umbrella bodies, she is a trustee and regular contributor to legal journals and publications and is also a member of the Charity Law Association.


Examples of experience include:
  • Acting as Clerk to the Governors of Gateshead College, advising on due process and procedure, ensuring compliance with the law and regulation
  • Advice to NCFE on charity law and constitutional issues, and providing support on a range of contractual matters
  • Advising Merchants' Academy Trust and Colstons Girls School Trust (both sponsored by Society of Merchant Venturers and University of Bristol) on their merger.

“Her responses are immediate."

“Great understanding of the sector as a whole which adds value to her work."


Part of a “first class team” with Emma Moody being valued for her “relevant sector knowledge”

Legal 500