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Solving Disputes & Regulatory Inquiries

Charity & Not-for-Profit

Charities are highly regulated and as such there are many issues that charities and not-for-profits can experience, from general regulatory reviews, to serious incidents which need reporting, as well as legacy challenges.

The best course of action in any event is to seek legal advice early on to protect and defend the reputation of the charity. At Girlings, we offer clear, specialist and expert advice to help your organisation to resolve disputes swiftly and effectively, allowing your organisation to continue delivering its services.

Solving disputes

Disputes within a charity, which have not been actioned appropriately, can lead to a breakdown in the effective governance and day to day management of a charity. This in turn leads to a charity that is unable to effectively carry out its duties and reduced charitable income and funding. Such disputes, including trustee disputes, safeguarding and employment should be approached in a proactive and forward thinking manner, supported by the advice provided by our specialist team.

Charity Commission inquiries & investigations

Charities operate in a highly regulated world. Not only are you subject to the Charity Commission, but often to other regulatory bodies such as OFSTED, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), or the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH). From time to time you may find yourself under investigation because of a general sector review, because concerns have been raised by a member of the public, because you are behind on your statutory reporting, or because you have had to report a serious incident. You may even find yourself subject to a formal Statutory Enquiry. These types of inquiries need to be treated seriously and can have significant negative consequences for individuals and your organisation.

Responding well to reviews of this type is critical to your continued ability to deliver your services to the public. We will help you marshal your information, understand the key concerns of the relevant regulator, identify and implement changes where necessary, and also respond robustly to allegations.

For further advice, please contact Andrew Watson or a member of our Charities and Not-for-Profit team based in Canterbury, Ashford and Herne Bay.

Our Experts

Caroline Armitage

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

Andrew Watson

Partner
Dispute Resolution, Contested Wills & Estates

Jeremy Burke

Head of Department
Commercial Property

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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