Charities & not-for-profit
We have expertise in all the issues charities face. We assess your specific needs and bring together lawyers from across the firm to overcome the particular challenges you face.
This will be a custom team. Whether you need specialists in mergers, governance, employment, disputes or property, we have the talent and expertise in-house to assist you.
We offer charities legal advice on registration and deregistration, refinancing, mergers, maintaining charitable status, problems with employees, and dealing with charity commission investigations. Our team are also experienced at dealing with accountants, land agents, wealth managers and other advisors.
As we represent numerous charitable foundations as well as charities with a national profile, we thoroughly understand the needs of not-for-profit organisations. Many of our team also do volunteer work, so we can see issues from both sides of the desk.
We will be there to support you, give clear advice, and answer any questions you have in a prompt, professional manner. We offer charities legal services that make life simpler, thus enabling you to concentrate on what you do best: providing key services and amenities
- Advising on charity deregistration of Sovereign Harbour Trust involving creation of a subsidiary Community Interest Company and successful negotiations with the Charity Commission and the CIC regulator.
- Advising Moravian Church Schools on the effect of the public benefit test on their charitable status and the changes needed to be implemented to comply with the new guidelines.
- Acting for Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust on a company reorganisation, involving two charities being wound up and the trading subsidiary of one being transferred to the main charity.
- Representing two charities which both faced Charity Commission investigations resulting from complaints from third parties.
- Acting for a university in a complex and time intensive £22 million PFI deal relating to the construction of over 500 flats for student accommodation on the university campus involving a wide range of issues including facilities management, construction, property and commercial.
- Establishing and registering a disaster relief charity within 4 days.
- Acting for a charity providing housing, support and care for the elderly on a circa £7,500,000 refinancing, secured by way of a legal charge, debenture and charge over deposit.
- Providing advice to the trustees of a registered charity, Larkfield Hall Limited (operating under the name Pepenbury) on its merger with Hill Park Autistic Trust (HPAT). The merger required specific charity law advice on the transfer of substantial legacies, together with property advice on the transfer of both freehold and leasehold properties used for the care and support activities of HPAT, together with post-completion advice regarding the winding up of HPAT and the change of name and objects of Pepenbury.
- Advising several private schools about how to deal with complex sickness and underperformance issues relating to teaching staff.
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"Highly professional, diligent and knowledgeable"
"Commitment to the charities sector"
"Peter Scott analyses all sides of complex problems and provides very practical and commercial advice"
‘The team have a good understanding of charity law and compliance issues.’
'A responsive practice with a good understanding of the nature of charity clients and their needs.’
'The team is first rate for its their responsiveness and understanding of the clients' business and gives practical advice and guidance.'