Blandy & Blandy LLP Solicitors
Nick Burrows

Nick Burrows

Partner, Charity & Commercial Law

Location: Reading
Qualified as a solicitor: 1985

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Nick Burrows is a partner in our Corporate & Commercial team and head of the firm's Charities & Education team.

Nick advises charities, schools and third sector organisations on matters including formation, constitutional matters, incorporation, and trustees' duties. He also advises on joint ventures, collaborations, consortia and mergers, together with contractual negotiations with funders and others, public procurement, fundraising and intellectual property matters, such as trade marks and copyright.

In addition, Nick acts for a broad range of businesses, advising on commercial contracts, including for example franchising and distribution agreements, e-commerce and IT contracts and outsourcing arrangements; intellectual property and data protection.

With expertise in partnership law and on conversion to, or incorporation of, Limited Liability Partnerships, Nick also advises professional practices.

He is recommended in The Legal 500 and has previously featured as a nationally recognised expert in Chambers UK. Nick is a member of the Charity Law Association, a trustee of several local charities and speaks regularly at a wide range of events on charity, education and third sector matters.

Examples of recent work

  • Acting for an air ambulance charity in the negotiation of major contracts with a large scale NHS Foundation Hospital and with a NHS Foundation Ambulance Trust in relation to the provision of the charity’s emergency services.
  • Advising a charity on its obligations under the Charities Act in relation to the lending of money on a joint venture development project.
  • Dealing with the sale of all of the assets and liabilities of an independent school run by a charitable company to a commercial purchaser, including obtaining consent of the Charity Commission to a change of objects and advising on all compliance issues.
  • Acting for several village halls, sports clubs and playing field associations on the incorporation of their charities to provide protection for trustees and modernisation of their constitutions.
  • Acting for a not for profit company in the negotiation and finalisation of a complex outsourced software services and hosting contract, including provisions relating to bug fixing and future software development.
  • Drafting a communications infrastructure development agreement for an integrated communications provider.
  • Protecting the wealth of individuals by advising on the set up of family investment companies under which assets may be protected from Inheritance Tax.

Areas of Expertise

  • Charity law
  • Commercial contracts & agreements
  • Data protection 
  • Education
  • E-commerce and online trading
  • Franchising, agency and distribution agreements
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Intellectual property
  • Partnership and LLP law
  • Technology law
  • Third sector organisations

Professional Memberships:

Member, Charity Law Association
Member, The Law Society
Member, Institute of Directors

Education:
College of Law (Guildford)
University of Reading, LLB

Accreditations & Awards:
Recommended, The Legal 500

What our clients say...

“Practice head Nick Burrows is an extremely experienced practitioner.”

The Legal 500

“Absolutely fantastic.”

Chambers UK

“Nick Burrows is noted for his sage advice.”

The Legal 500

“We have always received a professional and focused advice across a wide range of legal matters.”

David Ellis, Finance Director, Ben - Motor & Allied Trades Benevolent Fund

“The team at Blandy & Blandy guided the trustees of Daisy’s Dream expertly through the transition to becoming a CIO. They provided practical advice and support throughout the entire process and we would have no hesitation in recommending them to other charities considering engaging with the team.”

Gill Stevens, Director, Daisy's Dream

“We have used Blandy and Blandy for over 15 years and have been very happy with the support received, in particular the quality of advice we receive and the relationship we have built over the years.”

Katharine Horler OBE, Chief Executive, Adviza

“Nick's attention to detail is superb, and he wins the trust and respect of all his clients and peers. I would recommend him to anyone, and trust him with anything.”

Client

“Nick inspires confidence and is thorough in all that is asked of him. I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone in need for legal support in this field.”

Client

“Nick is approachable, knowledgeable and a good communicator who is able to explain complex issues clearly.”

Client

“I have an excellent working relationship with Nick. My requests are always dealt with thoroughly and in a timely manner and I trust and value their opinions. ”

Client

“I consider Blandy & Blandy to be an important partner in my work and knowing that I can speak to Nick about all commercial matters provides me with great reassurance.”

Client

“I have worked with Nick Burrows for approximately 20 years. He has done some excellent work for me and I recommend his expertise without qualification.”

Client

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