Simon Bladen

Partner, Sheffield

Simon is the partner responsible for looking after the firm’s legal and charitable clients in particular, although he also holds a general practice portfolio. He trained and qualified at Hawsons before becoming a manager and subsequently a partner at the firm. He has a wealth of experience within the legal and charitable sectors and is also a non-executive director for the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

Despite the fact Simon supports Tottenham Hotspur he is actually a keen footballer and, when he’s not playing, he enjoys keeping fit in the gym. He has a son and a young daughter who both keep him occupied most evenings.

Simon Bladen

Partner, Sheffield

0114 266 7141

[email protected]

Simon’s recent articles

All change for the SRA Accounts Rules – detailed guidance

Over the course of the last 18 months, since the SRA announced that a three-stage process regarding the proposed new changes to the SRA Accounts Rules would be phased in, the Accounts Rules have been subject to some major changes. We have kept you up-to-date with...

How to maximise the generous tax reliefs for charities

There can be generous tax reliefs for charities, but only if the charity is correctly set up and run. HMRC have recently updated their guidance on the tax treatment of charities so it’s timely to review the current tax position. Qualifying conditions To be a charity...

Deregulation of the legal sector…where next for solicitors?

Further deregulation of the legal sector is on the horizon. The legal sector in the UK is currently finely balanced; the SRA Accounts Rules are undergoing unprecedented and radical change, the age profile of the sector is rising, there are mounting regulatory burdens...

Charity SORP – FRSSE SORP v FRS 102 SORP – what’s changed?

What's changed with the latest charity SORP? This is designed to act as a brief synopsis of the changes arising from the implementation of the two new versions of the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP). These are designated as the Charities SORP (FRS...

Charity 2016 Budget review and analysis for trustees

Welcome to our charity 2016 Budget review Following a year in which the Chancellor had a pre-election Budget in March, a surprise summer Budget in July and an Autumn Statement in November, on 16 March the Chancellor delivered his first Budget of 2016. In this...

Charity fundraising guidance revised as public trust at 8-year low

On the back of concerns over charitable fundraising, the Charity Commission is currently consulting on its revised draft charity fundraising guidance. The commission is seeking views on its revised guidance for CC20 - "charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties" -...

Managing succession in the legal sector

Law firms, just like any other business, must make preparations and plan ahead for succession. Thorough and proactive succession planning is critical to ensuring the long-term sustainability of any law firm. Succession planning - particularly with the age profile of...

Gift aid payments from trading arms to the parent charity

There is a lot happening with Gift Aid at the moment and it is important that charities keep on top of the issue. If you haven’t already, please sign-up to receive our charity e-news and we will keep you updated with any ongoing developments. Update to CC35: Trading...

Approval of changes to the SRA Accounts Rules granted

You may remember some of our previous articles regarding the changes to the SRA Accounts Rules following the announcement in May 2014 that the regulatory body were reviewing the requirement for all firms of solicitors who hold client money to submit an annual...

Charity Autumn Statement 2015 review

On 25 November, the Chancellor delivered his latest Autumn Statement. In a year which has already seen two Budgets and a General Election, and the possible anticipated focus on gift aid, it is with some trepidation that charities awaited this year's Autumn Statement....

Non-financial trustees lessons from Kids Company

The high-profile closure of Kids Company has seen the charity and the government come under intense scrutiny regarding funding, governance and financial management. Following its closure on 5 August 2015 there have been some serious allegations concerning the running...

How can (and should) charities embrace the digital era?

Is it time for charities embrace the digital era? Should charities embrace the digital era? Whether you are a new charity or have been around for many years, there are many instances where technology can help your charity enhance performance and grow, whether it’s...

The role of a trustee – guidance and advice

What is the role of a trustee? One of the biggest challenges for charities and trustees, which we only briefly mentioned in our 2015/16 challenges outlook, is determining where trustee involvement should begin and end. This is particularly important for small and...

The importance of crisis planning for law firms

Whether you are an independent law firm with predominately local clients or a multiple office law firm with a national/international focus, it is vital you have a plan for when crisis strikes. All law firms are vulnerable to crisis, whether it be internal (e.g. a...

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