Charities

“They have always been efficient. Work has been completed on time and in a cost-effective manner”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016
Our nationally recognised charity lawyers provide expert advice to over 500 charities, not-for-profit and social enterprise organisations in England and Wales.  The firm provides a fully comprehensive service on every aspect of their legal requirements.

Main areas of practice

Charities not-for-profit and social enterprise organisations are central to one of the firm's four principal areas of focus.  We are one of the UK’s top providers of legal services to charities. Our specialist solicitors advise clients of all sizes, needs and cultures.

Our highly regarded charity experts provide a  first rate service to charities and voluntary sector charitable companies limited by guarantee,  charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), community interest companies (CICs), Royal Charter bodies, social enterprises and industrial and provident societies (IPSs), associations and trusts and their trustees on the following:

  • Governance
  • Start-ups
  • Operational advice
  • Income generation and legacies
  • Employees and volunteers
  • Charity shops
  • Compliance
  • Mergers and restructuring, collaboration and partnering
  • Social enterprise

Clients

Our clients are diverse, from large charities with national and international influence, to locally focused or special purpose charities. Examples include:

St John Ambulances World Vision
RNLI Royal Naval Benevolent Trust 
Tenovus  Royal National Institute of Blind People
Wessex Children's Hospice
RSPCA
Catch 22 The Mary Rose Trust
The National Trust Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

Significant experience

Some of the many ways that we have helped charities include:

  • Advising a charity on a government tender for the outsourcing of services on structure, risk, public procurement, employment and pensions implications.
  • Advising in relation to funding for the ongoing construction and development of the new landmark Mary Rose Museum.
  • Advising on the creation of a new charitable body established by Royal Charter.
  • Advising a charitable organisation in relation to a serious incident involving allegations of abuse of beneficiaries, disability and Charity Commission and other compliance issues.
  • Advising an overseas development charity on teaming and partnering arrangements for contract bidding and delivery purposes and on policies and procedures to be adopted in relation to overseas working in difficult and dysfunctional regimes.
  • Advising on the acquisition of a number of charitable registered care homes and the restructuring of the parent charity following merger.
  • Advising our client's social enterprise business during an innovative expansion; advising on the terms of a significant equity investment in a subsidiary to enable expansion of business that supports beneficiaries through apprenticeships.
  • Advising a charity on the contested recovery of a sum from a deceased legator's estate.

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Related Knowledge & Resources

The Significance of the CIFF Ruling: Do Members Owe Fiduciary Duties to Charitable Companies?

News

The Court of Appeal has confirmed a first instance decision of the High Court that a member of a charitable company owed fiduciary duties to that charity.

Charities newsletter - July 2018

News

Our Charities team here at Blake Morgan publishes e-bulletins to keep you up-to-date with breaking news and topical issues affecting the sector. We also offer regular charity trustee induction and refresher training sessions.

Charities newsletter - May 2018

News

Our Charities team here at Blake Morgan publishes e-bulletins to keep you up-to-date with breaking news and topical issues affecting the sector. We also offer regular charity trustee induction and refresher training sessions.

Taking Care in Governance Decisions: The Charity Commission's Warning to the RSPCA

The Charity Commission issued an Official Warning to the RSPCA on 22 August 2018, which criticised the organisation's recent decision to agree a substantial financial settlement with its former Acting Chief Executive upon his resignation in May this year.

Safeguarding and the Protection of Others: What Should Charities Do?

Safeguarding hit the headlines again last week, as the International Development Committee published a report focusing on exploitation and abuse in the aid sector.

The Bible Society's Data Breach: What Can We Learn?

Find out what we can learn from the data breach at the Bible Society and how to take the appropriate action.

Making Charity property transactions simpler - hope on the horizon?

The Law Commission has issued a report on Technical Issues in Charity Law and has made a series of fairly radical recommendations to make the acquisition and disposal of property by a Charity simpler. Our expert explains.

Do sleep-in shifts qualify for the minimum wage?

In HR Magazine, Holly Cudbill, considers the vexed question of whether employees who undertake sleep-in shifts are entitled to the national minimum wage (NMW) throughout the entire time they are asleep, or only when they are awake to carry out duties.

HMRC: Changes to Gift Aid declarations

As of 20 January 2016, HMRC have updated the guidance on making Gift Aid declarations for one-off donations, multiple donations and sponsored events.

Failing school revived

Members of our Restructuring and Insolvency, Charities and Education, Built Environment and Property Litigation recently acted on a sale to rescue a well-established independent school from the brink of closure.

Charity for people with learning disabilities

We have provided in-depth assistance to a national provider of learning, support and care for children and adults with learning disabilities.