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Charities

We understand the need to balance the increasing pressure of regulation with the everyday challenges of providing a public service, and we recognise the need to provide clients running not-for-profit organisations with a balanced combination of specialist charity law advice, and sector-informed general advice relating to everyday business issues.

 

Our charity clients range from start-ups to well-known national and international organisations. In addition to helping establish, structure and administer charities, we assist charity clients with:
 

  • Charity Commission inquiries
  • charity mergers and takeovers
  • constitutional reviews and reorganisation
  • fundraising
  • investment
  • tax planning, financing and VAT
  • trustees’ powers and responsibilities
  • advice on charitable status
  • charity registration
  • joint ventures between charities and corporate partners
  • charitable trading activities
  • directors' duties and personal liability
  • e-commerce and online donations
  • constitutional reviews and reorganisations
  • legacy issues, and will and trust disputes
     

Our work includes:

  • acting for a UK charitable trust that funds worldwide research projects (including a study involving eight centres throughout Europe) into the causes of cerebral palsy and other neurodevelopmental disorders
     
  • acting for a UK charitable trust that works with local and national government and non-governmental organisations to protect vulnerable ecosystems in the Coral Triangle in Indonesia
     
  • acting for various UK charitable trusts engaged in making donations to charitable causes
     
  • setting up a charitable trust that aimed to convert contaminated land into a country park open to the public

 

 

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