Charities & Social Enterprises
Many of our charity solicitors sit on the boards of large regional charities or have been retained on the management committees of local sports or arts organisations, giving them first-hand experience of the types of issues you may face, including funding for social enterprises, and charity law.
We are also acutely aware of the financial and legal constraints under which you operate, as well as the commercial challenges you face in the highly challenging not-for-profit marketplace. That is why we’ve invested heavily in our team to ensure you can call on a wide range of expertise.
As a result, you won’t pay for advisors to spend time acquainting themselves with the relevant areas of the law; we already have an in-depth knowledge of current regulation and maintain close working relationships with the Charity Commission, regulators, and key government departments.
We also appreciate that charity work goes beyond conventional working hours and pride ourselves on being accessible and approachable at all times.
In short, we’re able to offer you competitive fee levels without sacrificing the quality of either the service or the expertise you receive.
Find out more about the help we can give those setting up charities or social enterprises by calling our York, Sheffield or Leeds offices today by using our enquiry form on this page.
Arts & Heritage
Cultural activities may not immediately spring to mind when considering the need for legal advice, but there are a wide range of legal issues confronting the arts and heritage sector.
- The establishment and operation of charitable arts and heritage organisations
- Advising trustees on their duties and obligations
- Sponsorship agreements
- Advising on copyright issues
- Advising on lottery applications and funding
- Planning advice in respect of listed buildings
- The transfer of heritage property to charitable trusts
- Raising finance for arts projects.
We have a wide range of experience in assisting arts and heritage organisations and many of our lawyers are involved at board level with arts organisations, giving you access to both practical and legal experience.
We always aim to provide you with clear and concise legal advice, to enable you to continue with the promotion and furtherance of your cultural activities.
If you’re an organisation that delivers a public benefit, you have the option of registering as a charity, and you can be structured in a number of ways.
For example you can be structured as a company limited by guarantee, a charitable trust or (subject to an anticipated change in the law) as a charitable incorporated organisation. Alternatively, it may be more appropriate to register as a community interest company (a CIC).
We can provide advice on the formation of such organisations and help you determine which structure is best suited to your individual needs. In addition, we can provide practical advice and guidance on the duties and liabilities of the organisation’s trustees or directors.
Whatever your structure, there are constant challenges emanating from ever increasing amounts of regulation and guidance. Increasingly, many charities adopt commercial activities as part of their fundraising remit. We have experience in providing legal advice in all areas including:
- Mergers and restructuring
- Constitutional reviews and reorganisations
- Directors’ duties and personal liability
- Donations and legacies
- E-commerce and online giving
- Trading activities
- Joint ventures/sponsorships
- Political activities, campaigning and advertising
- The provision of services to local authorities and government organisations
- Tax planning, financing and VAT
- Property transactions
- Employment matters
- Charity contracts
- Charity Commission inquiries.
- Family businesses and the benefits of setting up a charity
We act for a large number of charities and CICs of all shapes and sizes, from national and international organisations to start-ups. They choose us because we offer a combination of expertise, commercial nous, experience and the sense that we are alongside them in spirit, sharing their aims and hopes.
We understand that the reputation of your organisation is of vital importance to its existence and its success, which is why we strive to provide you with pragmatic and cost-effective advice to aid your development and growth.