Alice Murphy


Alice is a Partner on our Corporate team, specialising in Charities & Not-for-Profit. Alice advises well-known international charities, Ireland’s principal national charities, and many local organisations including not-for-profit bodies on all their legal and governance requirements.

Alice’s market leading practice includes working across the broad charity sector where she advises major housing charities, Ireland’s leading healthcare providers and many education bodies from primary to third level. She also advises the majority of Ireland’s many Religious Orders and Congregations, as well as for the Roman Catholic Hierarchy and its Dioceses, other denominations, and other faiths.

Alice specialises in helping charities navigate the legal and regulatory framework successfully, so that they can focus on their mission and service delivery to beneficiaries. She provides strategic advice to charities and not-for-profits, to enable them to plan future service delivery, expansions and restructures, depending on the needs of their sector. 

Alice guides charities through complex governance issues and works with boards of directors to achieve best practice in corporate governance in a charity specific context. She is regarded as a leading practitioner in her field and prides herself on helping her clients to deliver their charitable services in an efficient and effective way.


  • Compliance with governing instruments and with the Charities Act
  • Interactions with the Charities Regulatory Authority and the Revenue Commissioners
  • Advice to religious organisations
  • Charitable trusts
  • Corporate governance advice and training (including board policies and procedures)
  • Best practice and legal requirements re fundraising
  • Mergers and restructures

Recent Work

  • Advises charities on restructuring, either by disposing of a portion of their activities to a third party, transferring into a new governing form or merging their operations with those of another charity.
  • Advises organisations on best practice in corporate governance, board structures, governance training and the drafting of governance codes. She regularly advises charities and other not-for-profit organisations on company law matters and on charity regulation.
  • Advised a significant charity client in the voluntary sector on a reorganisation of its corporate structure which includes acquisition of control and partial control in several other charities.

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

  • Alice regularly provides training to boards of directors and trustees of Irish charities on Charity Law, the Companies Act 2014 and compliance with regulatory obligations.
  • Alice is a guest Lecturer on the Bachelor of Commerce Degree in UCD, where she lectures on Social Entrepreneurship.
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Areas of Expertise

Charity Law & Not-for-Profit Company Law Corporate Governance & Compliance Corporate Law Healthcare Providers Mergers & Acquisitions Brexit

Professional Memberships

The Law Society of Ireland

European Social Enterprise Law Association

Ireland France Chamber of Commerce


Law Society of Ireland (Solicitor),

College of Europe, Bruges, LL.M

University College Cork, BCL (Law and French)

University of Rennes II, Higher Diploma in French