Charities & not-for-profit

We advise national and regional charities and not-for-profit organisations on the full range of charity law, governance and regulatory issues alongside day-to-day operational matters: employment, litigation, property and corporate.  

Our charities & not-for-profit expertise

Set up, incorporation and structure

We advise on all aspects of:

  • setting up charitable organisations
  • formation and administration of charitable trusts 

Regulation and governance

We advise charities on all aspects of charity law and regulation including:

  • constitutional and governance issues
  • trustee duties and powers  

Strategy, mergers and restructuring

We advise on:

  • charity mergers, joint ventures and restructuring
  • dissolution of charitable organisations 

Fundraising and legacy management

We advise charities on all aspects of generating and protecting charity income including:

  • fundraising and investment 
  • terms and conditions of grant giving 
  • charitable pledges, donation agreements and legacy disputes

Trading and retail operations

Given our location - we are based out-of-town/ City - we are able to provide charity retailers with cost competitive legal fees often on a fixed fee basis. We recognise that charity retailers do not want to spend money on solicitors' fees but they need to protect their organisation by doing things in the right way. Our approach is to provide charity retailers with straightforward, commercial advice which helps them to focus on their core objective of raising funds whilst staying on the right side of the law.

We advise charities on all types of commercial activities including:
  • ecommerce
  • retail
  • the use of trading subsidiaries 
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Employees and volunteers

We advise charities on all aspects of managing their employees and the volunteers who work for them, understanding their role and responsibilities as an employer including:

  • recruitment and retention of employees
  • remuneration and contracts
  • disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • employment tribunals and advocacy
  • the employment aspects of charity restructures and mergers
  • data protection

Charity property

Charities can often how a wide and varied property portfolio including leasehold and freehold properties.  We advise charities on how to manage this property portfolio in the most efficient manner including:

  • sale of charity land
  • purchase of freehold or leasehold property
  • lease renewals

Social housing providers

We are top ranked by the independent legal directories (Legal 500 and Chambers UK) for the depth of our expertise in advising not-for-profit organisations within the social housing sector.

Take a look at our social housing expertise to find out how we can help.

Knowledge & insight

Legal Articles

Employment law roundup March 2016

A roundup of the latest employment law developments including a budget announcement about NI payments on termination, mandatory gender pay disclosures and annual compensation limits.

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Employment law roundup February 2016

A roundup of the latest employment law developments including sentencing guidelines for health & safety breaches, an update on collective redundancy consultations and transgender equality.

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