Our charity law solicitors are a team of multi-disciplined legal experts committed to providing cost-effective and pragmatic support.
With specific regulations in the charity sector it’s crucial that charities and not-for-profit organisations have access to reliable, expert legal advice to navigate complex legislation and maintain a compliant, effective operation at all times.
Why choose us?
Our charity solicitors have considerable knowledge in all aspects of regulation and administration and understand the demands facing both individuals and groups in the sector.
The range of expertise we are able to offer comes from our experience of working with a diverse client base. Our charity solicitors support a wide variety of charity and not-for-profit clients including religious organisations; education establishments; almshouses; the retired armed forces and general charities in areas supporting educational special needs, animals and key demographic groups. We provide legal support to small start-up charities; large, national charities and all those inbetween.
Our efficiency, pragmatism and years of experience mean we will be able to deliver on your challenges and put your organisation’s needs first.
Although we are competitive on price, our clients have told us that they stay with us for the quality of our legal advice, our commercial approach and the speed of our response.
How we can help
We offer the full spectrum of advice across all the major practice specialisms. This includes advice on setting up a charity and appointing trustees, legal guidance on all property aspects, employment and safeguarding, funding and legacies, mergers, and joint ventures.
We can support you with organisational reviews to ensure that your charitable organisation is structured and working optimally to helping you negotiate mergers and collaborative working arrangements with partners.
In addition, we can also offer in-house accountancy, company secretarial and trust administration services.
Charity volunteer work
We practise what we preach through our volunteering and pro bono work with local and national charities.
Many of our charity solicitors have positions outside of work as trustees, and support organisations including:
- Age UK
- Blackthorn Trust
- Borde Hill Garden
- Dandelion Trust
- Dementia Friends
- Five Acre Wood School
- Kent Farmers Benevolent Fund
- West Kent Mind
We continue to support several charities on a pro bono basis in managing their trust accounts in collecting and distributing legacies, holding board meetings and managing their corporate governance.
Through the Brachers Charitable Trust we also support the valuable work of numerous not-for-profit organisations across Kent, as well as further afield. You can find out more about our support of charities in our corporate social responsibility information.
Meet our clients
Hear from our client the East Malling Trust, a Kent-based scientific research charity, about why they work with us.
Setting up a charity or social enterprise
If you are considering setting up a charity, we can provide expert legal advice to guide you through your entire start-up to ensure you choose the right structure to suit your requirements.
We can provide guidance on:
- The most appropriate form for your organisation
- Charitable status
- Drafting your governance document
- Registering with the Charity Commission and/or other relevant regulators
- Incorporation (if required)
- Advice on governance issues
- Cross-border issues and assistance with registration in Scotland and Northern Ireland, where necessary
Charity mergers and collaborative arrangements
Any form of joint working arrangement requires careful planning and knowledge of all the facts.
Charity partnerships made in haste or without the appropriate advice are less likely to succeed in the long term.
We can help you by:
- Advising on the suitability of your potential partner, including the compatibility of charitable objects
- Providing guidance on the most appropriate form of collaborative arrangement or merger
- Negotiating on your behalf
- Carrying out proportionate due diligence
- Preparing necessary documents including transfer agreements
- Attending joint-board merger meetings to give on-site advice
- Advising on property transfers
Funding arrangements are key to the success of your charity.
We have expertise across a broad range of funding and financing matters and enjoy strong relationships with the major high street banks.
We can help you with advice on:
- Bank finance (both secured and unsecured)
- Third party contributions
- Gift Aid
Restructuring your charity
Our team can advise you on how to structure your organisation for effective delivery.
We will take into account the effectiveness of your current structure, the need for change because of legal requirements, and risk management.
We can support you by:
Charity volunteers and their rights
Although charity volunteers are vital to the not-for-profit sector, they can often pose particular problems for organisations in terms of governance and HR.
We can support you by:
- Drafting appropriate volunteer agreements
- Advising on health and safety issues for your charity’s volunteers
- Advising on CRB checks and the Independent Safeguarding Authority scheme
- Providing guidance on employment status
Charity organisational reviews
If you are worried that your organisation is not running effectively, our charity solicitors can carry out a review on any aspect of your governing document, governance structures and/or contractual and HR arrangements.
We will then be able to suggest practical changes to help you get things back on track.
A typical constitutional review for a charity would include:
- Reviewing charitable objects and activities
- Reviewing administrative provision
- Ensuring compliance with current law
- For unincorporated charities, advising on whether incorporation might be appropriate
- Completing projects to make changes, including liaising with the Charity Commission where necessary
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