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Neasa Coen

Legal Director
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Neasa focuses her practice on the charitable sector and advises grant makers, operating charities, public sector bodies, commercial clients and philanthropists on risk management, governance, regulation, commercial projects and sustainable finance.

Neasa is a trusted and commercially astute adviser to boards and trustees, providing nuanced advice and supporting them to navigate change and deal with complex risk and regulatory-related problems.  She has deep expertise in advising grant-makers and philanthropists on governance, regulation and risk management, in social investment and sustainable finance, and in acting for corporates and corporate foundations on their dealings with the not-for-profit sector. She is also experienced in advising on faith-based and interfaith charitable work.

Neasa is interested in emerging issues as they affect the charitable and not-for-profit sectors, including in relation to technology, sustainable finance, and taxation.

Neasa speaks regularly at conferences on charity law and practice. Recent subjects include sustainable finance, cryptocurrency donations, governance issues for the faith-based sector, cross-border giving, and the use of donor-advised funds.

Neasa sits as a Fee-paid Employment Tribunal Judge.

Neasa studied Modern Languages at the University of Oxford and completed postgraduate studies at University College Dublin and SOAS.

Qualified in September 2002, and joined Payne Hicks Beach in 2024.

Recommended by Chambers and Legal 500 since 2008.