Alan Banes is a lawyer concentrating on charity law with over 40 years' experience acting on commercial property, private client, and corporate issues. 

Acting for charities, Alan advises on the range of charity related issues, including, the establishment of charities, mergers, governance, and management of risk. He was the honorary legal adviser to the Multiple Sclerosis Society for a number of years. 

Alan draws on the experience he's gained from various trusteeships where he sits on the board of The Old Vic Theatre Trust 2000, The Criterion Theatre Trust, Films Without Borders, and The Karen Morris Memorial Trust.

Previously the Head of Corporate at Howard Kennedy, Alan has been involved in a number of corporate transactions for clients, from raising new funds to acquisitions to the sales of private family companies including advising the principal owner on finding ways to settle conflicting concerns ( frequently about employees, family and the likely future direction of business).

Alan is actively involved with the firm's Pro Bono programme particularly working with LawWorks. 

Recent work
  • Advising on a merger of two charities with a membership in excess of 5,000.
  • Advising on the establishment of a separate charity by an NGO to work overseas.
  • Advising members of a charity on procedures for challenging Board decisions and calling a general meeting.
  • Advising a charity established in 19th century on arrangements with related charities outside the UK resulting in provision of new constitution and incorporation.
  • Meeting and advising charity trustees on governance issues, preparation of written policies and relationship between chair, trustees and senior management.
  • Advising on formation of new charities and structures.
Did you know
Alan walked the Coast to Coast footpath from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay (not to be confused with the route from New York to San Francisco).


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