Overview

Our team of charity lawyers understand the challenges for third sector organisations in balancing legal, regulatory and commercial issues. We advise on all aspects of charity law and regulation, including establishing and registering charities, fundraising and incorporation. We also deliver ongoing counsel to trustees on constitutional and governance matters.

Our model is collaborative: in addition to our in-depth knowledge of charity law, we draw on the expertise of specialists from across our firm to deliver a service tailored to the specific needs of our clients.

We act for a number of local and national charities from small grant-making trusts and local community organisations to large universities and other high-profile charities.

Our charity lawyers have a strong and long-standing reputation for advising trustees and directors on the nature and extent of their duties and liabilities. Where needed, we can provide bespoke training and guidance on all areas of charity law.

Areas of focus

Our charity law expertise includes the following:

  • Identifying and creating the best legal structure to meet a charity's specific requirements.
  • Advice on compliance and the relationship with the Charity Commission and Companies House.
  • Advice on structuring trading activities.
  • Charity governance.
  • Incorporation.
  • Disputes.
  • Trading.
  • Tax issues.
  • Philanthropy.
Experience

Advising a Royal Charter organisation on its charitable status.

Advise a charitable trust on dealing with potential and actual conflicts of issue.

Advising an educational charity on the use of its property.

Advising on structuring a new charity focusing on liability, compliance and decision making.

Advising a charitable sports club on the interplay between its charitable objects and its trading subsidiary.

Trademark advice to a national charity.

Advising a charity on the disposal of potential development land at "best value".

Establishing a charity for the preservation of a historic houses and its contents.

Meet the team
Tom Hewitt

Tom Hewitt Partner

  • Private Wealth
  • Head of Estates and Land
  • Head of Food and Farming
Jim Aveline

Jim Aveline Partner

  • Private Client Services
  • Family Offices and Family Businesses
  • Food and Farming
Camilla Usher-Clark

Camilla Usher-Clark Partner

  • Corporate
  • Energy, Power and Utilities
  • Co-operatives