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Partner, Head of Charities
0131 656 5746
Caledonian Exchange 19A Canning Street Edinburgh EH3 8HE
Law Society of Scotland accredited specialist in Charity Law
Alastair is a Partner and leads Lindsays’ Charity and Social Enterprise team, and is accredited as a specialist in Charity Law by the Law Society of Scotland. He has been advising charity and not-for-profit clients for more than 20 years, focusing on the governance aspects of charity law including corporate governance, constitutional issues and charity reorganisations.
Alastair is in demand throughout Scotland as a speaker on governance issues to charity trustees and at charity AGMs and conferences for clients such as Citizens Advice Scotland, Scottish Youth Hostels Association, SCVO, SAMH, EVOC and the Carnegie UK Trust. Alastair contributes articles on charity law issues to a variety of publications, including the Scotsman newspaper, Governance magazine and the charity newsletter of a national accountancy firm.
Alastair also has considerable experience in preparing partnership and LLP agreements, dissolutions and partnership disputes (including agreements for legal, medical and veterinary practices).
- Preparing Private Act of the Scottish Parliament, to update the constitution of long standing charity client William Simpson’s Home.
- Advising the Border Union Agricultural Society on a major governance review which was overwhelming and approved by the members of the Society.
- Alastair Keatinge is the author of the Governance chapter in the new book, 'A Practical Guide to Charity Law in Scotland'.
- Advising on the use and implementation of corporate vehicles for incorporations, joint ventures, mergers, trading arrangements and the use of trading subsidiary companies for organisations in the not-for-profit sector.
- Advising English charities and their solicitors on Scottish charity law.
- Trustee of The Marchig Trust, Epic Assist Charity, Help Animals International and WS Dependants'
"Head of the firm's charities practice, Alastair Keatinge is applauded by clients for his 'extremely high level of knowledge of charity law' and 'his understanding of the challenges charities face in trying to achieve their objects'."Chambers UK: A Client's guide to the UK legal profession
News & Insights
From the team
news 8 February 2017
Announcing our partnership with Social Investment Scotland
We are delighted to support Social Investment Scotland in delivering their Investment Readiness workshops
Clubs and charities must understand bigger picture in handling abuse claims
Brent Haywood warns that attempts to deal with claims quickly – however well-intentioned – can lead to serious legal or reputational consequences
Football abuse crisis offers learning points for entire third sector
The ramifications of media stories about abuse in youth football go far beyond the beautiful game. Sports clubs and other not-for-profit organisations...
insights 25 November 2016
Charities may be unaware of the risks they face for gaps in property compliance
Many charities are unaware of their obligations in relation to property they own or use and as a result, are risking their financial health and reputa...