Charity law

We help charities navigate the unique legal and regulatory requirements of the sector, and balance these with their commercial objectives. 

Charities face a unique range of legal, regulatory and commercial challenges. We have helped hundreds of them deal with these issues and realise significant opportunities in the sector. We do this by: 

  • Finding and adopting the best legal structure to achieve your goals.
  • Setting up governance and relationships between trustees, management, funders/donors and other stakeholders.
  • Balancing the need to operate a sustainable charity with working towards achieving your charity’s objectives.
  • Managing relationships with the Charity Commission, Companies House and other key regulators for the sector.
  • Using our charity, private client and tax expertise to advise on philanthropy and venture philanthropy.

Our lawyers

We have a team of charity law and governance specialists, who work closely with experts in our other charity sector disciplines – ranging from regulation and HR to innovative fundraising.

Our experience

We support charities through every stage of their journey:

  • Establishment - Registration, governance, and finding the right structure.
  • People - HR policies, recruitment, pensions, conduct and disciplinary issues.
  • Estates - Leases, purchases and development work.
  • Intellectual property and data - Including compliance, disputes and commercialising your assets.
  • Regulation - Managing regulator relationships.
  • Growth - Trading, alternative fundraising, philanthropy and international ventures.

Our clients

  • Education/research - Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Wellcome Trust
  • Community/regional charities - Hundreds of smaller charities and non-profits
  • Health - BMA, St Andrew’s Healthcare
  • Livery companies - Including 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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