Partner, Bates Wells & Braithwaite
Rosamund McCarthy is a partner at Bates, Wells and Braithwaite where she specalises in charity law. Her areas of expertise include governance reviews, trading subsidiaries, fundraising agreements and sponsorships, cause-related marketing, face-to-face, lotteries and mergers.
She is also a regular lecturer and trainer on governance, fundraising, philanthropy and funding for the Directory of Social Change, OnBoard and Jordans. She was the founder and first chair of Poet in the City, and has also worked in a professional capacity as member or trustee of a variety of other organisations and councils, including the Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum, NCVO advisory committees on terrorism and campaigning, the steering committee of National Poetry Day, the Small Charities Coalition, Acevo Women’s Interest Group and Free Word.
McCarthy co-authored the Fundraiser’s Guide to the Law and contributed to Jordans' Charities Administration Manual.
She is engaged to NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington.
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The Charity Commission should take a lead on establishing investigative journalism as a charitable activity, says Rosamund McCarthy.
Several respondents to the live blog attached to the Charity Commission’s new draft public benefit guidance have condemned it for being too confusing and tricky to navigate.
More than half of the public think there are too many charities and want the sector to be rationalised, research carried out for the Charities Act review has shown.
We all know that ‘charity’ comes from the word ‘caritas’, and that caritas means love, but it seems there are some in the sector who have taken this quite literally.
Charities should not be included in the proposed register of lobbyists, says Rosamund McCarthy, a partner at Bates Wells & Braithwaite.
Egos, bad planning and tension around competition are stopping effective collaboration in the charity sector, according to a panel of charity experts who discussed the issue at a Knowledge Peers event last night.