Legal services for charities and not-for-profit organisations
Our specialist team provides charities and not-for-profit organisations with tailored advice relating to all aspects of their activities, structure, and governance. In addition to providing commercially-orientated and practical advice to charities in respect of trading and/or charitable activities, we also advise in relation to compliance with charity law, structure and governance matters, and trustee and/or director duties.
We look closely at the processes you utilise to manage your organisation (including day-to-day operational issues), to ensure they are fit for purpose and tailored to your objectives and practices. This includes examining the relationships that you have with customers, suppliers, funders, and other third parties to try to ensure these are set up and managed in a way that reflects your organisation and best serves your interests.
We also work with our clients to effectively implement changes to organisational practices/documents throughout the organisation, with bespoke training and workshops.
We assist our clients in the following areas:
- Charities and not-for-profit organisations: getting the right structure and governance (including corporate governance review); safeguarding and compliance; commercial contracts and tendering; relationships with suppliers; funding; regulatory;
- Charity trustees and/or directors: trustee/director duties and liabilities (including templates, training and workshops); ensuring charitable structures are fit for purpose;
- Charitable trading activity: establishing and running a trading subsidiary; managing relationships (including organisational process review); contracts and cashflow management; compliance with legal requirements;
- “Spinning-out” from the public sector: negotiating the right arrangements and funding with the local authority; putting transitional arrangements in place; establishing the right new structure; commercial contracts; transfer of people and property; health & safety and legal compliance; governance templates and training;
- Corporate governance review: ensuring the right structure is in place and fit for purpose; review of governance regime; compliance review; providing recommendations and templates to implement agreed changes.