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Fiona Wharton


Telephone: 0191 814 1343

Office: Newcastle

Department: Charities & Social Economy

Position: Partner

Areas of practice:

Fiona qualified as a solicitor in 2000. Fiona heads up the charities and social economy practice in Wrigleys' Newcastle office. Fiona advises charities and social enterprises on all aspects of charity and company law and governance, commercial arrangements, mergers and collaborative working, trading and fundraising. 

Areas of specialism include:

  • Public sector organisations, corporate bodies and individuals on their relationships with or involvement in charities.
  • Social housing clients and other exempt charities such as universities and academies on charity and governance issues.


"Fiona Wharton has many years of real world and practical charity legal advice under her belt. She has helped many charities (including my charity clients) and is a sector expert." (Legal 500)

"I value Fiona’s practical experience, as she guides clients through the complex legal situation in a easily understandable way." (Legal 500)


Professional memberships:

Fiona is a trustee of VONNE (Voluntary Organisations Network North East) and a former trustee of Changing Lives.


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