How long have you worked in Edwards & Co?

I joined the firm as a partner in 2011. Previously I was a partner in a large corporate firm in Belfast for 13 years and worked there for 23 years. I qualified in 1990.

Do you specialise in any particular area?

I specialise in charity law, company law and commercial law.

Most of my clients are charities or voluntary and community organisations and other not for profits and local businesses.
Many charities are companies limited by guarantee so my specialism in company law and legal aspects of corporate governance are valuable to them. I deal with the Charity Commission for

Northern Ireland on a daily basis and I have a large number of clients in the sector in Northern Ireland and beyond. I have particular expertise in charity mergers and I have completed many significant mergers in Northern Ireland.

My work for the community and voluntary sector also involves advising on community interest companies (CIC), industrial and provident societies, credit unions, co-operatives and other community benefit companies and for social enterprises. I deliver board training and seminars.

I advise SMEs especially family and small business clients on commercial law and company law such as M&A work, share and business sales and acquisitions and shareholders agreements. I am recognised by Chambers UK as a leading lawyer in corporate/M&A in Northern Ireland.
What do you like about what you do?

I love what I do. I really enjoy working with the charity and not for profit sectors and with SMEs in Northern Ireland. I like the journey through a transaction to completion and I aim to leave charity boards and business clients better informed about their legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities. I enjoy meeting our clients and the boards and I feel like part of their team. I also enjoy working alongside other professional advisors whilst we work through a transaction and I have formed a number of strong friendships through business connections. I love hearing about innovative ideas and working with true entrepreneurs whether in the third sector or business sector in Northern Ireland. They are inspiring.
What is the best case you have ever worked on?

The transaction that always comes to mind is the merger which formed Age NI. This was a merger of Age Concern Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland operations of Help the Aged. It was a multi-jurisdictional transaction across the United Kingdom and involved working with a number of other law firms and co-ordinating with a number of regulators. The people involved in the various charities were fantastic to work with and it ended up forming a case study for the guidance on mergers in the charity sector in Northern Ireland and is still used in this way almost 10 years later. I really enjoyed working on it especially finding ways around the hurdles which arose as we worked our way through the process over a number of months. It was both a professionally and personally enriching experience.

EdwardsChambers UK Quotes

“Jennifer Ebbage is a renowned charities lawyer experienced in cross-border matters. Clients state she is "excellent" and that she provides "first-class advice and service with a very personable approach."

"Jennifer Ebbage of Edwards & Co advises shareholders and companies on mergers, business sales and MBOs, with particular experience working with charities. Sources view her as "very clear and supportive in her advice."