Charities and philanthropy

The team acts for a large number of charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations of all types, including service providers, grant-making foundations, philanthropists, campaigning organisations, higher education institutions, schools and sports clubs.

Charities behave both like businesses and like individuals, and advice to charities and their trustees needs to reflect this unique mixture. Many charities' requirements are similar to those of other businesses (for example employment issues, buying or leasing property, entering into contracts, protecting intellectual property and trademarks) but throughout their activities the added burden of charity law must be considered. Charities also have unique requirements, particularly in the areas of governance, fundraising and taxation. Our client base ranges widely across the voluntary sector and includes grant-making, education, the arts, recreation and sports, animal welfare, environment and medical.

How we can help you

We provide a full range of charity related legal services including:

  • Establishing and registering new organisations including charitable trusts, charitable companies and charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs)
  • Fundraising and tax
  • Preparing funding agreements
  • Governance and constitutional issues, including the responsibilities of charity trustees
  • Compliance, accounting and regulatory work
  • Trading subsidiaries
  • Corporate sponsorship of charity events
  • Restructuring including incorporations, mergers and group re-organisations

We also provide advice on commercial contracts, employment, real estate, intellectual property, immigration and dispute resolution for charities.

Find out more about how we can work with you to achieve your goals:


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