Charities and social enterprise

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Our charity lawyers are all about helping you thrive in a changing world. From employment and IP issues to innovative fundraising, acquisitions and internationalisation, we help charities achieve their goals.

How can charities and social enterprise flourish at a time of economic uncertainty? Hire and retain the right people? Adopt digital processes and technological innovation? The challenges facing the sector are complex and interrelated but with their extensive experience, our lawyers will help set you up for success.

We focus on helping in three ways:

  1. Manage the everyday challenges - Workforce. Contracts. Accountability. Intellectual property. Estates.
  2. Support through the one-off major events - Mergers. International ventures. Innovative fundraising projects.
  3. Make the important decisions - Be your critical friend. A second pair of eyes, guiding your decision-making.

Our lawyers

Over 120 of our lawyers work for our charity and social enterprise clients, including specialist teams in charity law, philanthropy and contested legacies, and alternative fundraising.  

Our experience

We support charities through every stage of their journey and have worked in each of these areas with charities and social enterprise: 

Establishment - We can help with registration, governance and finding the right structure when you first set up.
People - We will support you with developing your HR policies, recruitment, pensions, conduct and disciplinary issues.
Estates - Leases, purchases and development work are all areas where we have helped charities that are growing or starting out.  
Intellectual property and data - Our work in this area includes compliance, disputes and commercialising your assets.
Regulation - As your operations grow, we will help you manage relationships with the many regulators.
Growth - When you are trading, looking for alternative fundraising, developing philanthropy efforts and setting up international ventures, we can support you with your ambitious plans. 

Our clients

  • Education/research – Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Wellcome Trust
  • Community/regional charities – Hundreds of smaller charities and nonprofits
  • Health – BMA, St Andrew’s Healthcare
  • Livery companies – Several of the Great Twelve
  • Religious charities – Church Commissioners, Diocese of Ely, the Methodist Church
  • Sport – The FA, League Football Education, Mountain Training Trust

Legal resources you may find useful

Our blog, Charity Legal Update keeps the industry up to date on the latest developments.

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