We define philanthropy as the giving of resources in an engaged and strategic way for maximum impact and in a tax efficient manner. It can include the giving of money, assets, time, talent, voice and one’s social capital. We believe in the power of philanthropy as a great social connector and the source of many great opportunities.

City Philanthropy

A Wealth of Opportunity

A tribute to Stephen Lloyd

Aug 22nd 2014

Many will have heard the sad news that Stephen Lloyd, one of the UK’s leading charity lawyers, died last week following a boating accident in Wales.

Amidst a growing number of tributes being paid from people within the charity sector and beyond, we at City Philanthropy would like to pay our own to Stephen, who was a driving force in philanthropy in London.


One of our central aims at City Philanthropy is to help secure London as a global centre for philanthropy. This vision was in large part inspired by Stephen’s work and ideas on the subject, summed up nicely in his contribution to Philanthropy UK Quarterly back in 2012.


In 'Capital idea: London as a global centre for philanthropy', he wrote: “London has a global reputation for its financial centre and is one of the great cities of the world. It is also a centre for philanthropy, both homegrown and from overseas donors who establish foundations here, and US, Canadian and European charities who establish subsidiaries."

Stephen was a great advocate for philanthropy in London, and provided a very well-informed voice on what the city has to offer philanthropists and new forms of social investment available to them. He was also an authority on how legal regulations and tax systems are structured around charitable giving, and can be best ulitised by those looking to donate.

Stephen was head of charity and social enterprise at the charity law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite, before becoming a senior partner in 1984. In a statment the firm said: “It is with shock and deep sadness that we report the death of Stephen Lloyd, our colleague, friend and inspirational former senior partner, who gave so much to the charity and social enterprise sector ... Our thoughts are with Lorna and their four sons.”

Stephen was ranked by the legal directories Chambers UK and the Legal 500 as a leader in the field of charity law. He was listed in Who's Who 2014, the essential directory of the noteworthy and influential people in every area of public life.

We will miss Stephen, and strive to continue his work in promoting effective philanthropy in London and beyond.


People wishing to offer their thoughts and condolences to Stephan's family are welcome to send them (care of Martin Bunch) to 2-6 Cannon Street, London EC4M 6YH or to condolences@bwbllp.com.

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