We advise clients on commercial issues and agreements, tax implications for charities and charitable giving, fundraising and investment, employment law, intellectual property issues and resolving complex disputes. We also advise charity trustees on their obligations and responsibilities. Special rules apply when a charity wishes to buy, sell or mortgage land and, working with our property team, we can advise on all stages of such transactions.
Whether yours is an existing charitable organisation and you need advice in dealing with the Charity Commission or whether you are starting out and need guidance through the most efficient structures and methods of administration, we can assist. We also advise on governance for charities and the mergers, amalgamations and incorporation of charitable entities.
We act for a significant number of charities, including those in the animal, medical, religious and educational sectors. We also advise a broad range of individuals on the tax implications of charitable giving and set up and run many family charities.
We sometimes act for charities where an estate (with charitable beneficiaries) is disputed and a particular specialism is the area of disputed estates containing high value artwork.
Druces’ charities practice has been recognised in the Legal 500 2021, as it notes. ‘Druces has a strong team of partners dealing with charities. Whether a large or small charity you will get a caring and personal service’.
The ‘diplomatic and persuasive’ Richard Monkcom is ‘is the technician who knows charity law inside out and is often used as a reference point for difficult legal or technical matters’.
The ‘excellent’ Helen Freely is ‘efficient, easy to approach and work with, and highly skilled’.
Head of Corporate Restructuring, Caroline Cropley regularly advises charities on various corporate issues.”
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