Charity Services

The charity sector is highly regulated, navigating it requires a blend of compassion and compliance. Our services are here to empower charities and not-for-profit organisations amidst a complex legal landscape.

Charities have a profound impact on our lives and communities, making significant changes locally, across the UK, and globally.

Regulation is key

Similar to commercial businesses, charities face intense competition. Our Charity Governance Services advise different sectors such as education, health and faith; striving to fulfil their needs in the best possible way.

Robust governance is vital for a charity to achieve its mission. It ensures that your charity complies with regulations, manages its resources effectively, and engages with its stakeholders and beneficiaries effectively. Ultimately, good governance supports a culture of accountability, transparency and integrity, which fortifies a charity’s reputation – an element pivotal to success.

Setting up a charity with legal support

Despite challenges we continue to help with the creation of new charities, with a reliance on public support and funding, there is a greater sense of moral and social responsibility awareness meaning Charity Structure and Charity Governance plays and important role.

How much does it cost to set up a Charity?

Registration of charities with the Charities Commision or other relevant regulatory bodies is a complex process and takes time, however, we can assist you with an initial review of what route you should take and what considerations you should be taking.

What legal support do you provide for setting up a Charity?

Whatever your aims, values, ambitions and size, we can assist you step by step in the set up or help during the future life of your charity:

  1. Guiding you to getting the right structure
  2. Helping you to evaluate the eligibility criteria
  3. Assisting you in the preparation and validation of the supporting paperwork
  4. Creating the governing document
  5. Assisting you in the finding and recruitment of suitable Trustees
  6. Registering the charity with the Charity Commission
What does Charity Compliance / Charity Governance Involve?

Governance and Secretarial – This will be at the heart of reputational compliance providing a robust governance framework, management of risk and impactful resource management.

This involves supporting trustees in understanding their roles, responsibilities and duties.

The wider aspect of good governance is also ensuring that the registers of the charity are well maintained and the relevant filings are made within the applicable timescales.  This requires accuracy and timeliness of record keeping.

Good minute taking coupled with high quality documentation of decisions will demonstrate the strength of good governance.

We are also able to provide tailored training sessions for trustees to ensure that they remain up to date with legal requirements applicable to them and to the charity.

We pride ourselves in navigating you through the strategic challenges you face in the running of meetings ensuring the Charity’s objectives are met.

Employment – Staff and volunteers are some of your key assets, the external face of the charity, which is why we will support you with developing your policies on human resources, recruitment, pensions, conduct and disciplinary issues.

Commercial – We can assist with all aspects of contracts and agreements or new vendor or outsourcing arrangements.

Property– Similarly, depending on each specific situation there may be instances where land or property transfers are required, or terms of use need to be negotiated. Our property team will be able to guide you through those negotiations and ensure that appropriate documentation is in place.

Regulation – As you grow, we can help you manage relationships with the regulators.

Growth – Depending on how quickly you envisage this happening, we can engage with you in your fundraising effort.

Contact us now to discuss how we can support you and your charity.

I want to start a charity - what do i need to consider?

How to structure a charity will depend on your aims, we can help you decide what structure is right for you.

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    Appointing a Charity Trustee

    Firstly, charities will need to know what legal structure it has. The process for appointing a new trustee will, in part, depend on the legal structure of the charity.

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