Jayne Adams

Advising charities, not for profits and individuals since 2003, Jayne helps clients by solving problems, unravelling mysteries and guiding them confidently through the legislative landscape and the geography of good governance.

What we say about Jayne

Jayne advises charities and not for profits of all types, forms, structures and sizes, as well as private individuals. Her extensive expertise includes governance and constitutional matters, restructuring, collaborative working and mergers, advising on the interpretation and implications of new legislation and guidance, trustee duties, contracts and agreements, management and administration, serious incident management and reporting, regulatory requirements, company secretarial matters, UK cross border concerns, permanent endowment and specie property, Gift Aid, legacies (contentious or otherwise) and donations, grant conditions, corporate sponsorship, Big Lottery Fund applications, Charity Commission investigations and the formation and dissolution of organisations.

Jayne’s knowledge and experience are greatly enhanced by her practical understanding and empathy gained from her considerable involvement at board level, including as Chairman of a charity, as well as her in-house experience. She appreciates the pressures faced by clients and works with them pro-actively to help them achieve their aims.

Jayne’s practice also includes advising on probate, tracing missing beneficiaries and assets, and the formation and management of syndicates owing valuable musical instruments. 


Jayne trained and qualified at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP, where she continued to practice for the majority of her career. She completed her academic studies in law at the College of Law, Guildford, having previously gained a joint honours degree in French and Italian from the University of Durham.

Career highlights include advising on the £28m merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breast Cancer Campaign Scotland with Breakthrough Breast Cancer, investigating on behalf of a substantial grant-making charity fundamental constitutional and governance matters in a sensitive and contentious setting plus devising solutions including re-structuring and the implementation of new policies and procedures, and interpreting trusts on which numerous parcels of land belonging to an educational charity are held, including permanent endowment and specie land issues and negotiation with the Charity Commission.

Jayne’s practice covers a diverse range of charity matters and recent work includes advising on multi-jurisdictional regulatory and compliance concerns and a contested legacy involving an ambiguously worded transferable nil rate band.

Jayne was appointed Chairman of the Governing Body of Walthamstow Hall (an independent girls’ school in Sevenoaks) in January 2015, having served as Vice Chairman since 2013 and as a Governor since 2009.