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We understand the challenges faced by charities, social enterprises and other not-for-profit organisations working in the voluntary and third sector.

Caroline Armitage, an experienced trustee and solicitor with extensive knowledge of charitable governance leads our Not-for-Profit legal services.We can co-ordinate a custom team of specialist legal advisors from across the Firm to address the particular challenges your organisation may face.  

In addition Caroline Armitage, Jeremy Burke and Andrew Watson are members of the  Charity Law Association.  Many of our legal advisors are also trustees and officers themselves or have acted in this capacity previously.

Legal advice for charities and not-for profits

We deliver cost effective legal solutions for our clients and our advice is always focussed on helping you deliver the best possible support for your service users. We also offer transparent,  flexible and favourable fee structures.   

The legal needs of charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises other not-for-profits can be complex and varied. We offer a wide range of legal advice which includes:





For advice in this area please contact Caroline Armitage

We can help you with a wide range of matters including:

  • Finding and adopting the best legal structure to achieve your goals - such as an unincorporated charity to a CIO, CIC or a company limited by guarantee
  • Governance, and relationships between trustees, management, funders/donors and other stakeholders
  • Effective Board management 
  • Balancing your charitable objectives with the need to operate a sustainable charity with impact 
  • Managing relationships with the Charity Commission and Companies House
  • Responding to Charity Commission investigations
  • Mergers, takeovers, amalgamations and joint ventures
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Advising on trading activities and appropriate structures to allow the charity to trade
  • Grant and funding agreements 
  • Fundraising legally and ethically
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Framework Agreements
  • Service and Supply Agreements





For advice in this area please contact Jeremy Burke, Head of Commercial & Residential Property

We can help you with a wide range of matters including:

  • Complying with the regulatory requirements of SS117 – 120 Charities Act 2011
  • Gifts of property
  • Property sales & purchases
  • Leases







For advice in this area please contact David Morgan, Employment Law

We can help you with a wide range of matters including:

  • TUPE
  • Employment tribunal claims
  • Advice on Employees and Volunteers
  • Training for Employees,and Trustees
  • Practical advice on helping your charity operate efficiently and effectively
  • GDPR and e-privacy


For advice in this area please contact Andrew Watson, Contested Probate

We can help you with a wide range of matters including:

  • Charity Property disputes
  • Dispute resolution and litigation for Charities
  • Trustee disputes
  • Legacy challenges


For advice in this area please contact Caroline Armitage

We can help you with a wide range of matters including:

  • Charity and charitable company formations
  • Trading subsidiaries


For advice in this area please contact Lesley Rushton, Head of Private Client

We can help you with a wide range of matters including:

  • Probate and legacy arrangements
  • Legacy challenges

Experienced Not for Profit Law Advisors

We build close and longstanding relationships with our clients who include charity and not-for-profit organisations of all sizes.  We also work with schools, universities, further education establishments social housing providers and organisations in the health and social care sector.

Our clients include:

Examples of recent transactions we have completed for our clients in the voluntary and third sector include:

  • Representing a local charity which faced Charity Commission investigations resulting from complaints from third parties.
  • Transferring an 80 year old Charity from being a Trust to a co mpany, including transfer of substantial propert and investment assets.
  • Amending constitutional documents for a charity with a large membership
  • Merger of two charities by creating a charity group
  • Merger of two charities by Vesting Deed and entry on register of merger

Work With Us

For further details of our services for the third sector, contact Caroline Armitage.  We look forward to hearing from you.


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