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Charity Governance Advice for Charities and Trustees

Effective charities depend upon good governance and good governance is as essential to the success of the charity sector as it is to corporate UK.

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Charity Trustees

Trustees are an essential part of the governance structure of every charity and every charity that is thriving owes a significant part of its success to them. The trustees themselves often receive little in the way of appreciation or thanks yet as voluntary, unpaid, non-executives they must, at risk of personal liability in default, ensure they carry out the charity's objects and do not act in excess of their powers. Many trustees must also engage with the delicate but vital balance between their strategic role as trustees and the executive responsibilities of those they employ to ensure that their charities grow and operate effectively.

Experienced Charity Governance Lawyers

We understand charity governance from the perspective of both trustees and senior management. We understand the challenges that our clients face in ensuring that they take the right decisions at the right time based upon the right evidence. We are trusted legal advisers and friends to many trustees who we have helped through challenging times and who use us as a sounding board. And many members of our team are themselves trustees and understand the trustee's perspective on their charities' problems and opportunities. We believe that this makes them better lawyers and better advisers to the charities we work with.

Governance Training and Support

We believe that a well informed and well trained trustee body is the starting point for good governance. We can support good governance in your charity through our email bulletin, Charity Law Brief (subscribe) and with bespoke training for your trustee body and senior management team to keep you up to date with the latest law and best practice.

We also provide support via our leading publication "Charity Governance" (published by Jordans) and our contributions to Jordans' Charities Administration Service.

Crisis Management

In times of crisis and opportunity, trustees have a vital part to play in working with senior management and also in dealing with professional advisers, the media, staff, beneficiaries and other stakeholders. We know that you may need practical advice, often out of normal office hours, to have confidence to act in the best interests of your charity. We also have good working relationships with key people at the Charity Commission (we are an "approved intermediary") which helps us find practical and cost efficient solutions (although we are equally experienced at challenging the Commission's decisions where necessary or desirable).

For charity governance advice from experienced lawyers, please contact Con Alexander on 0117 314 5214.

The quality of service is strong, but always balanced with a practical viewpoint. Advice is therefore not excessively legalistic and can be implemented more easily than would be possible with a more technical approach.

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Meet the team

Our charity lawyers have a broad variety of legal expertise and offer a full legal service to the charity sector.

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Con Alexander - Partner at VWV

Charity Law


Emma-Jane Dalley - Partner at VWV

Charity Law


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Barney Northover - Independent Schools Partner & Education Lawyer at VWV

Independent Schools

Charity Law


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Trustee Exchange 2018
We are pleased to be sponsoring the Trustee Exchange, sharing charity governance issues at this essential one-day conference for chairs, chief executives and trustees.
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