Samantha specialises in charity law and governance and its impact on other areas of law.  She advises an extensive range of charities, social enterprises and education providers.  In addition she advises those looking to engage with the not-for-profit sector including philanthropists, local and central government, and commercial entities. 

Her clients include nationally recognised charities, membership organisations, independent schools, academies, universities, colleges, professional bodies and social housing providers.

Samantha is able to provide strategic advice on mergers, joint ventures, partnerships and collaborations, governance advice on appropriate board and membership structures, regulatory advice including obtaining regulatory consents, orders and schemes from the Charity Commission, and advice on funding, fundraising, trading and contractual relationships between charities and the public and private sectors.

She provides down-to-earth advice in an approachable manner, putting in place arrangements that help her clients to focus on achieving their charitable objectives without being distracted by cumbersome and complex working practices.

Samantha regularly speaks at charity conferences, seminars and workshops and at bespoke training sessions for trustees.

She has spoken on a range of topics including trustee duties and issues with trading. Her experience as a trustee of a number of charities has given her in-depth understanding of the issues that trustees and governors face in reality. Samantha is also a member of the Charity Law Association.

Experience
Examples of experience include advising:
  • A homelessness charity on its merger with a smaller charity that would enable it to broaden its geographical remit and breadth of services
  • On the merger and incorporation of two military charities with permanent endowment assets and complex trust structures
  • A further education college's Board on its legal duties and responsibilities as Clerk to the Corporation
  • An addiction charity on its sub-contracting arrangements to deliver a Big lottery funded programme
  • A museum on its acquisition of a painting saved for the Nation during a temporary export bar.

"Samantha Pritchard supports charities involved in complex governance and regulatory projects. Clients are quick to note the pragmatism and clarity she offers. One highlights a "very practical approach; she is brilliant at explaining things and demystifying processes."

Chambers & Partners 2019

"Samantha Pritchard deals with challenging and difficult situations with ease. She has developed a novel governance model that is practical and reflects instructions exactly." 

Legal 500 2020

"Managing associate Samantha Pritchard offers experience advising national charities, local authorities and higher education clients on a range of charity law matters. Clients report: "She is clearly well versed in charity law and can explain difficult legal concepts with patience and clarity. She is also able to understand the context in which the client has to operate and can adapt her advice and approach accordingly." 

Chambers & Partners 2020