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Kenji Batchelor - Charity Law Solicitor in Bristol - VWV Law Firm

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Education Law Partner in Bristol

How Can Kenji Help You?

Kenji specialises in advising independent schools and special schools and colleges on a wide range of charity law, governance, corporate, commercial and strategic issues and has particular expertise helping schools consider strategic projects such as mergers, acquisitions, joint-ventures and collaborations.

Meeting Your Needs

Kenji has over 14 years of experience on the boards of different education organisations and charities and has also been seconded in-house to an international conservation charity. He therefore understands first-hand the pressures governors and trustees find themselves under as well as the importance of the commercial context into which legal advice needs to be given.

Working with schools through major strategic projects means Kenji gets to know his clients well, and he is recommended for his calm, light and practical approach.

What Others Say 

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all your colleagues at VWV for a trojan effort on our behalf to get this over the line. Your advice has been so readily given with a seemingly limitless level of patience and courtesy which made this marathon endeavour a much calmer and more enjoyable process for me and I am sure the rest of the board too." - School Governor

"Many, many, thanks for the huge contribution you have made. You have always remained cool, calm and collected. Never once have you raised your voice or shown any element of intransigence. I am in admiration of your knowledge, discretion and patience." - School Governor, Strategic Project

''It is a real credit to you and the team for getting us to the end of what was a very (very!) long and complex process, maintaining exactly the right level of support, advice and guidance to allow the Board to make the best possible decisions throughout. We certainly could not of got to a successful conclusion without your very wise counsel.'' - School client 2022

''Very responsive and approachable, plus good value for money, I would certainly recommend you again.'' - Private client 2022

"He is very knowledgeable and explains things in a very clear way for clients." - Chambers & Partners 2021

"Having Kenji seconded to WWF was invaluable. Kenji was personable and a good communicator, he was  quick to understand the needs of the organisation and use his legal skills to help further the work of WWF. Kenji quickly recognised the importance of being more than just a lawyer to the organisation by placing his  advice in a business context." 
General Counsel of WWF UK

"Kenji is professional, approachable and a detailed Senior Associate‚Ķ Kenji has been extremely informative, knowledgeable and quick to  respond in these legal matters. He is a charming person to work with and has great integrity and  composure." 
Head of Estates, children's hospice

'Sources say Kenji Batchelor is "an accomplished lawyer who gives proactive advice to clients." He regularly advises national and international charities on a range of matters, including fund-raising, charity formations and data protection compliance.'
Chambers Legal Directory

''I believe that with your help we have negotiated the best possible outcome for our school. Thank you all at VWV for making this possible.''

What You Might Like to Know

Born in West Africa, raised in Asia and educated at a British boarding school, Kenji can embrace, bow or shake hands at will, but not all at the same time.

Outside the law, Kenji enjoys spending time with his young family.

He is a member of the Charity Law Association and Lawyers' Christian Fellowship.