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Neasa Coen

Counsel, Charities

Neasa is Counsel in our Charities and Philanthropy team, which is part of the firm's wider Private Wealth practice. She focuses her practice on the charitable sector and advises grant makers, operating charities, organisations in the public sector, commercial clients and philanthropists on charity law and practice.

She has particular experience in advising grant-makers and philanthropists, on charity law and governance, in social investment and venture philanthropy, and in acting for corporates and corporate foundations on their dealings with charities, including commercial participation and sponsorship. She also advises on technology (including cryptocurrencies and blockchain), and is interested in faith-based and interfaith charitable work, particularly in the Jewish and Catholic charitable sectors.

Neasa speaks regularly at conferences on charity law and practice and she has presented at events hosted by Philanthropy Impact, Prism the Gift Fund, Charity Finance Group and Gibraltar Philanthropy Forum. Recent topics include cryptocurrency donations, governance issues for the faith-based sector, cross-border giving, the Common Reporting Standard, political campaigning and the use of donor advised funds.

She joined Forsters in July 2019 having previously worked at Withers and BCLP.

Neasa sits as a part-time Employment Tribunal judge.

Sustainability in the charitable sector – is social investment the answer?

The issue of sustainability for the charitable sector takes many guises, including in the way in which charities invest funds, but also in the activities which charities undertake and, by implication, fund. Sustainability as a theme can be observed through a number of different lenses and I deal below with the investment of funds and charitable activities in this context.

Charities for Sustainability

Art in the time of Coronavirus: Support for Charitable Arts Organisations

Charitable arts organisations have been hugely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. All of the large museums and galleries have had to cancel exhibitions and events, with enormous revenue consequences.

Charitable Arts Organisations in the Coronavirus Pandemic

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