Charities Consultant, Wills, Estate & Tax Planning

Jayne Adams

Jayne has specialised in advising charities and not for profit organisations of all varieties for over 20 years. She helps clients to design the optimum outcome in any scenario and advises on how that may be achieved in a legally compliant and effective manner. Her advice is comprehensive, clear and commercially-minded and she always has command of the big picture, the fine detail and the nuances of personality and context.

With a particular interest in good governance, Jayne’s knowledge and experience are greatly enhanced by the practical understanding and empathy she has gained from extensive involvement at board level, as well as in-house experience.

Jayne trained and worked at Bircham Dyson Bell for many years and now provides her services on a consultancy basis.

Jayne Adams

Specialisms & expertise

  • Restructuring, incorporation and mergers
  • Interpretation and revision of constitutions
  • Governance matters (including governance disputes)
  • Formation and dissolution of charities and not for profits
  • Investigations and regulatory requirements
  • Fundraising, grants and legacy matters
  • Policies, agreements and contracts
  • Cross border concerns
  • Serious incident management and reporting.

Examples of work

£25 million merger of two education charities

Restructuring a multi-million pound group of organisations

Advising a charity with multiple branches

Governance and restructuring advice for a performing arts charity

Incorporation of substantial service-providing charities

Governance and constitutional review and multi-jurisdictional registration


Merger of an alumnae association

£28 million merger of two medical research charities

Advising on charity restructuring

Types of client

  • Arts, culture and heritage, including grant-makers, service-providers and museums
  • Educational
  • Independent schools
  • Children
  • Medical research
  • Social care
  • Military
  • Almshouses
  • Benevolent funds
  • Archives
  • Faith charities with UK and international projects
  • Livery company charities
  • Community organisations
  • Sports
  • Animals
  • Environmental.

Achievements & other appointments

Since 2015, Jayne has served as Chair of the Governing Body of Walthamstow Hall (an independent day school for girls aged 2 – 18). She is an experienced charity trustee, having previously served on the boards of an international arts charity and a London youth club.

Jayne also serves on the Advisory Board of Financial Fraud Awareness Campaign CIC. She is a member of the Charity Law Association.

Other work includes drafting charity law precedents and accompanying technical guidance notes for the leading provider of legal knowhow and preparing and presenting professional development webinars on charity law topics.


Jayne holds a joint honours degree in French and Italian from the University of Durham. She completed her academic legal studies at the College of Law, Guildford and qualified as a solicitor in 2003.