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.


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
  • 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.

"She answers queries with minimal delay and everything is explained clearly."

Chambers and Partners 2021

"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 and Partners 2020

"Very practical approach; she is brilliant at explaining things and demystifying processes."

Chambers & Partners 2019

"Many thanks for putting me in touch with Emma and her team. I would like to take the opportunity to say how wonderful they were at sorting things out for us - particularly Samantha Pritchard, who worked tirelessly and was extremely patient with me and my daft questions! Samantha made a difficult task much easier and was very helpful, friendly and approachable. I am very grateful to Emma and Samantha and will certainly be back in touch should we require anything further. I would be happy to recommend your excellent firm to anyone else too." 

Rebecca, Secretary, British Association of Oral Surgeons

"Thank you so much for coming and leading our Trustee Training session yesterday evening. I thought the content was perfect and the way you structured the session balancing presentation with group discussions worked very well and engaged everyone. Your presentation style was perfect for the size of the group and you handled the questions well and kept us on track! We’ve sent out an online feedback survey to the attendees and I will share the results with you next week - but everyone I spoke with at the end was very pleased with how it had gone and all of them were going away with things to follow up and questions to ask - which is what we wanted! So thank you and well done again."

Robin Webb, Chief Executive, St Luke’s Hospice