Reema is an associate in the Charity & Social Enterprise team. She acts for charities, CICs and social enterprises, ranging from start-ups to historic and international charities.
She is experienced in charity registrations, contentious and non-contentious governance and constitutional issues, arrangements between charities and commercial partners, structural re-organisations, trading issues as well as mergers and collaborative working.
Recent work includes:
advising DEFRA in the creation of the Canal & River Trust, the successor charity in England and Wales to the British Waterways Board;
supporting the Fundraising Standards Board in its first investigation into the face-to-face fundraising activity of a non-member organisation;
acting on the incorporation of a 400 year old unincorporated College; and
advising on the technical powers available to streamline the administration of several subsidiary funds of a significant grant-making charity, under the Charities Act 2011.
Reema is developing a specialism in charities which have a particular emphasis on providing services to women and girls; recently helping a women’s education charity to satisfy the Commission’s concerns about compliance with Equality law, for example. She also acted for a new grant-making charity, which supports women’s health and domestic violence organisations, on its commercial participation arrangements with a national grocery chain. In her spare time, Reema is a trustee of a charity that supports women who have experienced domestic violence.
Reema trained and practised for a number of years at a magic circle firm, before specialising in charity law. Her corporate and banking experience provides a commercial underpinning to her understanding of the sector. She has contributed articles to the charity press, including the Solicitors Journal and the Guardian Online.
Reema is a member of the Charity Law Association and recently participated in a working party, which provided feedback on Charity Commission guidance.
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