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Charity Not for Profit

Charity & Not-for-Profit

Expertise

Our Charity team provides legal advice to charities, social enterprises and not for profit organisations working in the voluntary and third sector.

The team includes legal experts in Charity & Commercial Law, Employment Advice, Commercial Property, Disputes and Legacies.

With extensive experience of applying our specialist knowledge in the unique environment of the not for profit sector, our advice is always focussed on helping clients deliver the best possible support for beneficiaries and service users. We have experience in a wide range of different charitable sectors including the care sector, health, fitness, faith charities, museums and galleries, cultural and music charities.

The legal experts in our charity team have an excellent track record of helping charities and third sector bodies achieve their philanthropic goals.

Governance & commercial advice

Running a charity or not-for-profit can be complex, and difficult to navigate. With clear, quality and pragmatic advice our charity experts in Commercial Law can guide you through the processes, from setting up a charity, restructuring and incorporating, writing up merger agreements and advising on governance reviews.

Property for charities

When it comes to premises, leases and property assets that are being ‘dealt’ with by charities it is important to look for legal advice to enquire that you comply with the provisions of the Charities Act 2011. Our Commercial Property experts can support and guide your organisation through compliance and even advise on Property left as gifts.

Solving disputes & regulatory inquiries

Disputes can have a detrimental effect on charities and not-for-profit organisations, particularly when they are so heavily scrutinised in the public eye and monitored by governing bodies such as the Charity Commission, and other regulatory bodies such as OFSTED, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), or the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH). Our charity experts in Solving disputes and regulatory inquiries can advise on best practice and processes to ensure the efficiency and continuation of your organisation.

Employees, volunteers & trustees

Charities often experience the same employment issues as other business, but with volunteers comes a different set of challenges. Our charity experts in Employment Law can advise on a range of HR services, providing advice on contracts, disciplinaries and statutory rights and well as giving clear and cost effective legal advice on the scenarios encountered with volunteers and Trustees.

Legacies

Gifts to charities can come in a variety of forms, from cash to property, and to residual estates. Our Legacy experts can advise on the most practical way for your supporter to leave gifts in the most tax efficient way, what information must be included in their Wills and can support your organisation in the event that a legacy is challenged by a family member or beneficiary.

Our Approach

The third sector is diverse, offering many different activities to a wide variety of service users and beneficiaries. As such the legal needs of an organisation can be complex. It is our business to understand your business needs, building close and longstanding relationships and to deliver practical and responsive solutions.

We have a reputation for excellent client service and our friendly, pragmatic approach. We recognise the pressures and challenges faced by our third sector clients and always provide transparent, flexible and fair pricing for the work we do with no hidden costs.

If you need advice relating to your charity, social enterprise or not-for-profit organisation, please contact one of our experts to assist you in Ashford, Canterbury and Herne Bay.

Our Experts

Caroline Armitage

Consultant Solicitor
Corporate, Banking & Finance, Commercial Law and Charities & Not for Profit

Jeremy Burke

Head of Department
Commercial Property

Andrew Watson

Partner
Dispute Resolution, Contested Wills & Estates

David Morgan

Senior Associate Solicitor
Employment law

Lesley Rushton

Head of Department
Wills, Tax & Estate Administration and Court of Protection

Charlotte Nock

Partner
Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

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