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

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Schools' obligations to disabled pupils

Supreme Common Sense – Interpreting Reverter under the Schools Sites Act 1841.

Solicitors and barristers frequently have the dilemma of having to interpret statute or case law and advise their clients on possible outcomes depending on whether

Pencil iconBy Katie Dawson on 27th April 2021

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 and Charity related matters

Mergers

This is the second in a series of articles addressing the pressures on charities to find alternative sources of funding as the impact of the

Pencil iconBy Katie Dawson on 31st March 2021

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 and Charity related matters

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the “Act”) – UPDATE

As I mentioned in my article in July 2020, the Act introduced two new insolvency provisions: a Moratorium (see now Part A1 Insolvency Act 1986 as amended)

Pencil iconBy Katie Dawson on 26th March 2021

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 and Charity related matters

Kids Company – “Too little too late?”

The judgment in the case against the trustees and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Kids Company by the Official Receiver (OR) alleging that they

Pencil iconBy Katie Dawson on 22nd February 2021

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 and Charity related matters

Options for charities facing restricted finances – sale of land

In the first of a series of articles addressing the pressures on charities to find alternative sources of funding as the impact of COVID-19 bites,

Pencil iconBy Katie Dawson on 10th February 2021

Schools' obligations to disabled pupils

Academy Trusts and Related Party Transactions

Academies should take action in in order to comply with the new regulations set by the Education and Skills Funding Agency as part of the

Pencil iconBy Mark Honeywell on 5th April 2019

Schools' obligations to disabled pupils

Deficits distract academies from education

We have pleasure in detailing below, an article on the issues raised by academies in Yorkshire and Derby which warns financial uncertainty, by guest author

Pencil iconBy Lupton Fawcett on 5th April 2019

Schools' obligations to disabled pupils

The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) – An Overview

CIF is capital funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and is available to all Academies and Sixth Form Colleges.

Pencil iconBy Mark Honeywell on 23rd February 2018

Schools' obligations to disabled pupils

Do You Owe a Fiduciary Duty as a Member of an Academy Trust?

Those who owe a fiduciary duty are bound by strict rules and may face personal liability for a breach of that duty. It is therefore

Pencil iconBy Mark Honeywell on 24th August 2017

New Charity Governance Code: published 13 July 2017

Do You Owe a Fiduciary Duty as a Member of a Charitable Company?

Those who owe a fiduciary duty are bound by strict rules and may face personal liability for a breach of that duty.

Pencil iconBy Mark Honeywell on 23rd August 2017

New Charity Governance Code: published 13 July 2017

New Charity Governance Code: published 13 July 2017

Following the collapse of Kids Company and recent criticisms by the Charity Commission in relation to the running of a number of high-profile charities, now

Pencil iconBy Mark Honeywell on 21st July 2017

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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