Private Lives - “I didn’t know you did that...” - charity law


04 September 2020

We have a specialist dedicated Charities and Social Enterprise Team with extensive experience advising a wide range of charities and other third sector organisations on a day-to-day basis.

Our team is multi-disciplinary, advising charity clients on matters relating to all aspects of their constitutional, governance and operational needs. We also regularly advise individuals and businesses looking to set up charities or partner with them on commercial ventures.

Charities are subject to a detailed and complex legal and regulatory framework and are often in the spotlight, due to the significant public interest in how they operate. The regulatory landscape is also relatively fast-paced and the Charity Commission is a proactive regulator.

As specialists in charity law and regulation, our team can support you with any project involving a charity, to ensure that you do not inadvertently fall foul of any legal or regulatory requirements.

How can we help you?

If you are considering setting up a charity (whether in connection with tax planning, preparing your Will, as a corporate foundation connected with your family business or otherwise) we can provide you with advice on your options and advice on the charity formation process.

If you volunteer as a charity trustee and your charity is looking for legal advice, please get in touch, as we offer comprehensive advice on matters affecting charities, including mergers and restructuring, fundraising, trading, regulatory investigations, serious incident reporting, trustee duties, disputes, governance, charity shops, disposal of charity land, contentious legacies and more.

If you own a business and are thinking about partnering with a charity on a promotional venture, there are some important charity law requirements to consider, so please get in touch to discuss your plans with us at an early stage.

If you would like to make a lifetime gift or grant to a charity and would like some advice on preparing a suitable Deed of Gift or Grant Agreement, we can advise you on your options, draft the documentation and liaise with the charity on your behalf.

This article is from the Summer / Autumn 2020 issue of Private Lives, our newsletter covering the key legal and tax issues that individuals face. To download the latest issue, please visit the newsletter section of our website. Law covered as at August 2020.

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The content of this article is for general information only. It is not, and should not be taken as, legal advice. If you require any further information in relation to this article please contact the author in the first instance. Law covered as at September 2020.

Author

Liz Brownsell

Senior Associate, Co-Head of Charities and Social Enterprise

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