Our Charity sector expertise

Our success is built on a strong understanding of the constraints within which charities have to operate, and of the challenges they face whether regulatory, financial, reputational or elsewhere.

Our cross-disciplinary charity team advises clients on a full range of contentious and non-contentious matters including employment, trust issues and property transactions, including all aspects of commercial conveyancing, dispute resolution and finance.

We are able to assist with:

  • Registration of new charities
  • Tax
  • Gift Aid
  • Advising on trustees’ duties and responsibilities
  • Mergers and dissolutions
  • Employment Tribunal claims
  • Restructuring and redundancies
  • Property portfolio management
  • Tenancy Agreements
  • Development and real estate planning

We also help charities remain compliant with increasingly complex regulation, including:

  • Charities Act
  • GDPR and Data Protection Act
  • Equality Act
  • Bribery Act
  • Companies Act

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Our expertise in the Charity sector

Our expertise in the Charity sector

Expertise you can trust

Employment Tribunal

Successfully defending a national charity in two full tribunal hearings and providing TUPE advice relating to the organisation’s contracting with the NHS and local authority commissioners.

Services agreement

Advising a regional homelessness charity in relation to services agreements and on a contract for provision of counselling services to schools.

Planning advice

Providing planning advice to an animal charity on regularising current use of some of its sites and buildings.

Lease advice

Ensuring a charity’s standard lease was both simple, given the nature of the lettings it would be used for, and fit for securing its purpose, including business rates mitigation.

Unfair dismissal claim

Advising a Sussex based hospice in relation to an unfair dismissal claim arising from allegations of poor patient care.

Visa application

Supporting a national drugs and rehabilitation charity in establishing with the Home Office that a “Health and Care” visa (and associated benefits) would extend to its activities in addition to NHS service providers.

Extensive property holdings

Acting for a Diocese in relation to its extensive property holdings, including drawing up conditional contracts for development sites, some of which have a provision for payment of overage.

International charity employment

Supporting an international charity in relation to restructuring exercises and reviewing a substantial amount of employment documentation, including local and global policies.

IT services contract

Negotiating and finalising an IT managed services contract for a charitable body, including advice on data protection issues.

Royalty payments

Advising a charitable trust on intellectual property ownership and royalty payments, for the purposes of distribution of royalty income to nominated charities from the trust.

Legal500 2024 Leading Individual Award
Tim Ashdown
Chambers & Partners UK 2024 Frank Bouette
Frank Bouette
Legal500 2024 Recommended Lawyer Award
Adam Williams
Legal500 2024 Leading Individual Award
Emily Wood
Legal500 2024 Recommended Lawyer Award
Peter Rainier
Legal500 2024 Recommended Lawyer Award
Gemma Clark

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