Charities law is complex and encompasses many other legal areas. Since the Charities Act 2006 it has become more important than ever to obtain sound legal advice. We have the expertise and experience to guide charitable organisations through the broad range of legal, regulatory and practical issues affecting charities and ‘not for profit’ organisations. Our Charities Team works across a range of disciplines, including Commercial & Corporate, Employment, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Property, Private Client, Tax and Turnaround to provide full service advice tailored to meet the needs of the particular client and circumstances. As well as our experience with two landmark Millennium projects, we act for a range of international, national and private charities and charitable trusts, including project-based organisations, leading independent schools, medical and publishing charities and Livery companies.
Whether yours is an existing charitable organisation, or you are starting out, we can advise on the most efficient structures and methods of administration regardless of the size of the charity. The powers given to charity trustees can be onerous and in certain circumstances failure to act within these powers may give rise to personal liabilities. If the charity is incorporated the trustees may also have responsibilities as company directors. It is crucial that trustees consider their personal position in relation to the charity. Together with our Corporate & Commercial and Private Client colleagues we can advise trustees on how best to minimise any exposure to risk and to ensure use of their powers in an effective and legal manner.
We believe it is vital to recognise that transactions associated with charitable organisations are not seen as purely commercial transactions. An enhanced level of regulatory knowledge is always required and we ensure that the most appropriate team required is made available for any such transaction. We can offer advice and representation on all aspects of operating in the charities sector, from initial registration and constitutional or structural issues through to commercial issues, including joint ventures and mergers, intellectual property, Charity Land, fundraising, employment, taxation and dealing with the Charity Commission. We also advise on all aspects of dispute resolution, from including property related disputes, contractual disputes and other such enquiries and debt collection matters.