Our Charities & Not-For-Profits team is well placed to deliver effective and appropriate legal support to charities and Not-For-Profits clients – our service history in this area dates back to 1859.

As a firm, we are at the forefront of legal and related issues pertinent to Not-For-Profits, churches, educational institutions and other community groups.  Our clients in the Not-For-Profit sector range from Government agencies to large national charities and from church institutions to local Not-For-Profit organisations run by individuals.

Please meet our experts:

Joanne Grant

Joanne is a Partner practising in the Charities and Not-For-Profits sector as well as the Property and Education practice groups. Joanne has acted for churches, universities and other educational establishments, aged care facilities and charities with a particular focus on advising charities and not-for-profits about their commercial and property transactions. Joanne has handled a range of property transactions from the acquisition and disposal of commercial and residential property, property development, commercial leasing, and due diligence for such transactions.  She also has experience in a broad range of commercial legal work including the acquisition and disposal of businesses.


Belinda Marsh

Belinda is a Partner who works predominantly in the Not-For-Profit sector.  She has successfully managed the conveyance of numerous properties for charitable organisations as well as for private clients.  She specialises in the conveyance of both residential and commercial properties. Belinda is also experienced in intellectual property law matters and advises in relation to legislative changes and requirements that affect different types of charities and Not-For-Profit organisations.



Bill d’Apice

Bill is a principal legal advisor to the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, various Catholic Archdioceses and Dioceses and many religious congregations. He advises many other charities and Not-For-Profit organisations. He is immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Catholic Church Insurances Ltd and serves on a number of boards of public companies, private companies and charities which allows him to bring practical experience to his advice. He is also a co-author of the Church Administration Handbook. Bill’s principal areas of legal practice are property law, commercial law and the law relating to charities and other Not-For-Profit groups. Bill also acts for many retirement villages and aged accommodation facilities and provides general advice to charities and Not-For-Profit organisations.  He has expertise in all aspects of commercial law with particular emphasis on corporate structuring, corporate governance and directors’ duties. Bill has been recognised in Chambers and Partners’ Asia Pacific 2021 edition as a ranked lawyer in the area of Charities, for the fourth consecutive year.


Jennifer Paterson

Jennifer is a Special Counsel with over 15 years of expertise in commercial law, including advising businesses from start-up to dissolution and ensuring they have in place the appropriate documentation to minimise risk in their dealings with third parties, such as services agreements, product supply and distribution agreements, website terms and conditions and privacy policies, as well as transactional agreements relating to the sale and purchase of businesses and properties.

Jennifer now has a particular focus on the Charities and Not-For-Profit sector where she assists clients with their interactions with governmental authorities such as the ATO and the ACNC and ensuring regulatory compliance.


Les Gray 

Les is a Senior Associate advising and acting primarily for charitable and not-for-profit organisations, religious institutions and universities on all aspects of property law, including sales and acquisitions of commercial and residential property, commercial leasing, development projects and joint venture arrangements, agreements for lease and due diligence projects.



Zoe Wu

Zoe is a commercial and corporate Associate in the Charities & Not-For-Profit team. She advises on a range of structuring and restructuring, regulatory compliance and taxation issues for charitable and Not-For-Profit organisations.  Zoe also has extensive experience in employment law disputes and commercial contracts such as software development and licensing contracts, IT outsourcing and procurement agreements as well as trade mark registration and enforcement.