About Mark

Mark is a partner and head of the charities and education teams at Lupton Fawcett.

Mark is an experienced charity law solicitor and advises a broad range of charity clients from across the sector on the full spectrum of charity law matters including dealing with the Charity Commission as a regulator, providing governance and constitutional advice, new charity registrations, restructures including incorporations, mergers, and the establishment of group structures and trading subsidiaries. As part of the Ecclesiastical Law Department, Mark has particular expertise in advising faith-based charities.

As an education lawyer, Mark specialises in advising independent schools and academies.  Mark has advised over 200 schools on conversion to academy status, advised on the establishment of over 30 new academy trusts and regularly advises on academy trust mergers, rebrokerages, making significant changes to academies, adopting new articles of association and funding agreements and academy/charity governance.  Mark specialises in advising Church of England schools counting Diocesan Boards of Education, school site trustees and educational foundations amongst his clients.  Mark advises independent schools on charity law and governance matters and for 7 years acted as the clerk of a further education college.

Mark is a member of the Charity Law Association and the Ecclesiastical Law Society and is recognised as a “Next Generation Partner” by Legal 500 for his charities work in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Professional Societies

  • Law Society
  • Charity Law Association
  • Ecclesiastical Law Society

Specialisms

When not at work

Away from work, Mark is a keen, if unsuccessful, cricketer and whenever time allows enjoys nothing better than a day at Headingley.

Mark is passionate about history; he reads widely on the subject and enjoys dragging his family around historic buildings and archaeological sites. Mark also spends a lot of time in the garden growing fruit and vegetables with varying success.

Sectors that Mark is involved in:

Education, Charities and Social Enterprises, Academy Conversions and Projects, Independent Schools

Contact Staff Member

Mark Honeywell integrates himself well into the client’s team and his expertise and personable nature ensures he provides a personal service. Having a local person who understands the contact of situations makes all the difference.

Legal 500 2019

"Mark Honeywell provides expert advice around Charity Commission issues and makes his advice absolutely bespoke and appropriate to our charity".

Legal 500 2019

“Lupton Fawcett is committed to the charities and not-for-profit sector & I'm proud to have been given the role of heading up a team dedicated to providing practical advice and the highest level of service to our clients.”

Mark Honeywell, Lupton Fawcett Partner

2006

Graduated with a PhD in Medieval Studies, University of York

Graduated with an LLB from the College of Law

Qualified as a solicitor, Bond Dickinson LLP

Senior Solicitor, Lupton Fawcett LLP

Partner, Head of Charities and Education, Lupton Fawcett LLP

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