Not for profit and charities

Charities have come into much sharper legal focus due to significant changes in legislation and the increasing role they are playing in the delivery of public services. Ensuring good governance and legal adherence in the charity’s operations is of key concern to trustees.

Our specialist team advises national, regional and local charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, membership organisations, community groups, schools and colleges, churches, welfare and professional associations.

We understand that each organisation has a unique culture and individual challenges. We provide specialist advice which delivers your strategic objectives.

What we do...

We advise across all areas of charity law including charity formation, amalgamation, dissolution and restructuring (using existing legal powers or by a Charity Commission Scheme), governance (advising on good practice and problem solving, charitable donations and grants), how they should be applied or administered, the scope of any conditions or restrictions and whether the proposed use is charitable and maximising charitable tax reliefs. 

Charity law expertise

We work in conjunction with over 400 lawyers – from commercial and employment to property, tax and litigation; our lawyers provide a one-stop solution for all your legal needs.

Full-service team

We are experienced in establishing and advising charities associated with large companies and organisations in the private sector for their corporate charitable fundraising, staff fundraising and grant making.

Private sector

Our team regularly advise public bodies who interact with charities and so need to understand how they operate, the regulatory regime they are subject to and the scope of their powers and functions. We also advise charities associated with the public sector, where they are formed to take over service provision from Local Authorities, NHS Trusts and NPDBs.

Public sector

We work in partnership with our specialist education team to advise schools and educational charities on the creation, running, reorganisation and winding up issues with a client base of over 1000 organisations.

Schools and educational charities

We advise faith charities on the creation of new charities and advise on responsibilities for existing trustees, alms-house charities on modernisation of governance arrangements, expansion, acquisition and disposal of properties as well as working with established national charities regarding their ongoing operational issues.

Specialist charities

We advise across all areas of charity law including charity formation, amalgamation, dissolution and restructuring (using existing legal powers or by a Charity Commission Scheme), governance (advising on good practice and problem solving, charitable donations and grants), how they should be applied or administered, the scope of any conditions or restrictions and whether the proposed use is charitable and maximising charitable tax reliefs. 

Charity law expertise

We work in conjunction with over 400 lawyers – from commercial and employment to property, tax and litigation; our lawyers provide a one-stop solution for all your legal needs.

Full-service team

We are experienced in establishing and advising charities associated with large companies and organisations in the private sector for their corporate charitable fundraising, staff fundraising and grant making.

Private sector

Our team regularly advise public bodies who interact with charities and so need to understand how they operate, the regulatory regime they are subject to and the scope of their powers and functions. We also advise charities associated with the public sector, where they are formed to take over service provision from Local Authorities, NHS Trusts and NPDBs.

Public sector

We work in partnership with our specialist education team to advise schools and educational charities on the creation, running, reorganisation and winding up issues with a client base of over 1000 organisations.

Schools and educational charities

We advise faith charities on the creation of new charities and advise on responsibilities for existing trustees, alms-house charities on modernisation of governance arrangements, expansion, acquisition and disposal of properties as well as working with established national charities regarding their ongoing operational issues.

Specialist charities

Featured experience

Non-departmental public body

Advising an NDPB on its conversion from a government-owned body to a national charity. 

Non-departmental public body

Advised a non-departmental public body in relation to their conversion to charitable status. We advised on the selection of a preferred option for governance, charitable, employment, property and funding issues and then implemented these. 

Longstanding alms-house charity

Advising a longstanding alms-house charity on ongoing governance issues including the adoption of CIO status. In particular, we advised in relation to a complex proposed property acquisition and development of a property owned by a party connected to two of the trustees which required the involvement of the Charity Commission.

International company

Advised the directors of an international company on the establishment of a new corporate charity and its registration with the Charity Commission. The governance of the charity was a delicate balancing act between providing the company with sufficient input to the charity to maintain a high level of confidence in its operation whilst maintaining the charitable independence required by the Charity Commission. 

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