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Rachel Tonkin - Senior Associate & Charity Lawyer in Bristol - VWV Solicitors


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Charity Partner in Bristol

How Can Rachel Help You?

Rachel advises charities in relation to all aspects of charity law and regulation, governance, constitutional review, mergers and other strategic projects. Having acted on a number of charity start-up projects, Rachel is also well placed to help you with the creation of new charitable and not-for-profit companies and trusts or with the incorporation of your existing charity.

Coronavirus and Brexit pose many financial challenges to universities. Rachel can confidently support you through these challenges and guide you through any strategic decisions you make.

Meeting Your Needs

Rachel acts for a wide range of charities, with a particular focus on the education sector (including universities, educational charities and independent schools), and the museums and arts sectors.

Her strong academic background and past experience as a tax and trusts lawyer makes Rachel ideally placed to help you with the most complex and technical and trust law issues encountered by charities, including endowments and restricted assets, tax efficient structures, funding arrangement and historic constitutions.

Rachel also has a particular interest in advising local authorities in relation to public service delivery by charities and in relation to assets held by public bodies on charitable trusts. She has advised on a number of projects involving the transfer of public property and services into new charitable trusts and companies. 

What Others Say

'very pleased with Rachel Tonkin - the complete package!'  Charity trustee

'Thank you so very much for all your work on this project and for guiding us so smoothly to registration.  It has been a real pleasure working with you and I am hugely grateful for your support'   Development Director

'Rachel – our absolute pleasure working with you – not there yet, we know that, but just wanted to pause for breath and recognise the work you have done for us!'  Chair of Trustees

What You Might Like to Know

Rachel is a member of the Charity Law Association and sat on the CLA's working party in relation to 'total return' investment by charities. She assists Philanthropy Impact with its Bristol programme of events and she recently sat on the advisory board for a group looking to create a 'people's supermarket' in Bristol.

Rachel has been profiled as a ‘rising star’ amongst professional advisers to charities in a Charity Finance’s feature (‘25 under 35’).

Rachel is contributing to the second edition of Charity Governance by Con Alexander and Jos Moule and oversees the publication of the firm's own newsletter for our charity clients, Charities Law Brief.