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Experience and Expertise
Francesca frequently acts for charities and other bodies involved in specific activities such as education and housing provision, and for individuals and charities proposing or affected by charitable gifts, especially where the rules on tax relief are engaged. She is therefore familiar with the relevant law in these areas and can often adopt or adapt a solution which she has considered or found to be workable in a previous case.
Her experience of acting for or in relation to schools extends from maintained schools to independent schools and from colleges to universities as well as to student unions and other charities associated with schools, colleges or universities. A recent educational institution client commends Francesca for her “huge expertise” and comments that her “written advice is wonderfully clear, also she is incredibly responsive”.
Cases and Work of Note
- R (Independent Schools Council v Charity Commission (NCVO intervening) (2011) – Representing NCVO in the leading case on the public benefit requirement for independent school charities: the Charity Commission’s guidance and the trustees’ duties as regards those who cannot afford school fees.
- R (Parent Governors of Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School) v Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, CA (2011) – Representing the Archbishop in a dispute over the interpretation of Regulations about the qualifications of Foundation Governors of a voluntary aided school: meaning of ‘eligible’.
- Henrietta Barnett School Governors v Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust (1995) – Acting as Junior Counsel for the governors of a voluntary aided school where the landlord had given the school 6 months’ notice to vacate: was there a trust for use of the premises as a school and, if not, what was reasonable notice?
- Gunning v Buckfast Abbey Trustees Registered (1994) – Representing parents of pupils at an independent charitable school where the trustees had decided on short notice to close the school: whether parents were ‘persons interested in the charity’.
Francesca has been an adviser to the National Association of Almshouses since 1989 and a trustee of the Association of Charitable Foundations, the Bishopsgate Foundation, Charity Forum, St Peter’s Home & Sisterhood (Woking) for 14 years, Dulwich College for 5 years and Elizabeth Finn Care, whose Homes subsidiary she also chaired for three years for 18 years.
Francesa is recommended by the directories as a leading barrister for Traditional Chancery and Education and as a Star Individual for Charity law. Editorial has included the following comments:
- the charity law doyenne
- the excellent and accessible Francesca Quint is a charities expert of national repute
- her experience has gained her enormous insight and guarantees she is the first port of call on issues involving the Commission
- the toast of instructing solicitors
- excellent and accessible
- has knowledge and experience in spades
- responsive, succinct and persuasive.