Corporate Partner

Our charities practice is headed by Angela Bowman, recognised as a leading expert in the charity sector, with particular expertise in the field of contested legacy work. Angela has acted for a large number of national charities for the past 20 years. She has a diploma in contentious trust and probate litigation and was named ‘Contentious Solicitor of the Year’ in the first year of the ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists) awards.

Shoosmiths LLP has worked with charities, both national and local, since the firm was first established more than 165 years ago.  We recognize that getting the right legal advice is essential for a charity to thrive, whatever its charitable objectives.  Our friendly and approachable charities team provides concise and cost effective advice in respect of the full remit of issues encountered by charities; with specialist expertise in the fields of legacy administration, contested legacies, property, intellectual property, employment and pensions work for charities.

We provide a wide range of training to charity legacy managers, legacy officers, chief executives, finance officers and trustees. Where appropriate we work with other professionals, including accountants, probate registrars, surveyors and the Charity Commission, to provide bespoke training for charities.

If you would like to know more about how our team of specialist lawyers can assist with your charity’s legacy or other legal requirements, please visit the dedicated Charities section of our website, here.

Angela Bowman will be very happy to provide a steer in respect of any issues your charity may be facing and to discuss how our charities team can help in resolving matters.  Angela will also be happy to provide costs estimates in connection with legacy cases.

She can be contacted on 03700 86 8244 or by email at