Charity Law & Not-for-Profit Legal Advice

Running a charity can be very rewarding, but it also involves a lot of legal and practical challenges that must be dealt with in the right way to ensure your charity ran operate effectively.

The team at Chattertons has a strong track record of advising and guiding charities, non-profits and other third sector organisations through the various issues they face on a daily basis. Chattertons Partner Catriona Wheeler has particular experience in this area, including acting as a charity trustee herself.

Providing clear, practical advice grounded in a real world understanding of the sector, we can help make sure your charity is able to run smoothly, allowing you to focus on the valuable work your organisation carries out.

As well as our expertise in the area of charity law and charity governance, we can also draw on the wider knowledge and skills across our firm for matters including employment, dispute resolution and property law.

Speak to our charity law & not-for-profit solicitors

For expert assistance with any aspect of charity law or legal advice for a not-for-profit organisation, please contact Chattertons Partner and Notary Public Catriona Wheeler.

To ask a question or request a call back at a time that suits you, please use our simple enquiry form and a member of our team will get back to you quickly.

How our charity law & not-for-profit solicitors can help you

Charity formations

We can assist with the formation of a charity, including advice on whether setting up a charity or community interest company (CIC) is the best option. We can also advise on the best type of charity structure for your goals, such as a charitable trust or charitable incorporated organisation (CIO). Once you have decided how to proceed, we can help you with registering your charity or company.

Charity Law

Our charity law solicitors can advise on various legal matters charities must deal with, including trustee duties, correct use of funds, protection of charitable assets and responding to Charity Commission inquiries.

 

Charity governance

Proper governance is essential for a charity and our team can help to achieve this by providing practical advice for trustees on matters including processes and procedures, as well as general advice on achieving and maintaining best practices.

Commercial law advice for charities & not-for-profit organisations

Our charity lawyers can assist with matters such as negotiating, drafting and reviewing all manner of contracts and agreements, as well as advice in relation to issues such as public procurement and state aid.

Working with other charities and organisations

Where you are working alongside other charities or organisations, we can advise you on the steps you need to take, including creating formal joint working documentation where required.

Employment law for charities and non-profits

Like all employers, charities and not-for-profit organisations must adhere to UK employment law when it comes to their staff. Our Employment Team can advise on matters including contracts of employment, employment disputes and redundancies.

Find out more about how we can help with employment law.

Property law for charities and non-profits

Charities and non-for-profits often have to deal with a wide range of property matters and our Property Team will be happy to help with such issues. We can advise on buying or selling a property, leases, property development and other related matters.

Find out more about how we can help with property law.

Charity & not-for-profit mergers

Where two or more charities or not-for-profit organisations decide to merge, there are a whole range of issues that must be considered to ensure a successful merger. Our Corporate Team can guide you through the entire merger process, helping you to create a strong combined organisation.

Closing a charity

Where the time has come for a charity to shut down, there are various legal steps you must go through. Our charity law solicitors can advise on the charity dissolution process, ensuring you meet all of your legal obligations.

Dispute resolution for charities

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for charities to find themselves involved in legal disputes. Our Dispute Resolution Team can advise on a wide range of contested matters, including contract disputes, employment disputes and disputes over legacies left in a supporter’s Will.

Find out more about how we can help with dispute resolution.

Our charity law fees

We understand the importance of cost when running a charity, so make sure to keep our fees clear and fair. You will always receive a realistic estimate of costs upfront with no hidden charges to worry about.

In some cases, we are able to provide either fixed fees or flexible funding options to suit your circumstances.

If you have any immediate questions about our fees, please do not hesitate to ask us.

To find out more about our fees, please take a look at our pricing.

Why Chattertons is the right choice for charity law advice

Chattertons Partner Catriona Wheeler has significant expertise advising charities on a wide range of legal issues and is a member of the Charity Law Association. Catriona is a charity trustee herself, giving her first-hand experience of the challenges charities face.

As well as our specialist knowledge of charity law, we also offer useful expertise in a range of areas relevant to charities and other third sector organisations, including employment, dispute resolution and property law.

As a firm, we are ranked by leading client guide the Legal 500 in areas including Commercial Litigation, Immigration and Employment. This provides independent recognition of the high standards of our firm’s legal practice.

Explore our other relevant services

To find out more about the various services we provide for charities, non-profits and other third sector organisations, please visit one of the following pages:

Contact our charity law solicitors today

For expert assistance with any aspect of charity law, please contact Chattertons Partner and Notary Public Catriona Wheeler.

To ask a question or request a call back at a time that suits you, please use our simple enquiry form and a member of our team will get back to you quickly.