With the charity sector playing an increasingly central role in our society, individuals, businesses, third sector and public bodies are establishing new charities to take advantage of new opportunities to provide public services, address social need where existing provision is lacking or to restructure or formalise existing operations.
At the same time, the combined pressures of an increasingly complex legal and regulatory framework governing charities and shortages of public funding for the third sector make the landscape in which new charities operate ever more challenging.
You need to get the best start when it comes to setting up a charity. You need expert legal advice which considers the wider context you will operate in following charity registration, which is able to pre-empt issues you might face further down the line and which puts you on the right path to running a successful organisation.
Our charities legal team has a lot of experience in setting up new charities across the whole spectrum of sub-sectors and in a range of legal forms. We can guide you through the start-up process from helping you to analyse whether a charity is right for you, through deciding on the most suitable legal structure and establishing the charity, to completion of the registrations with the Charity Commission and with HMRC.
Our aim is to deliver you with a fully-functioning charity with a constitution tailored for your proposed activities and governance arrangements, but which is flexible enough to allow these to develop over time. You will wish to avoid taking further legal advice in your charity's early years and we aim to identify any potential legal and governance issues you might face and cater for these at the outset. We also have a number of templates and off-the-shelf advice notes to help get you started and we offer additional support services such as our bespoke company secretarial service for charities.
A charity start-up is a collaborative process and we will always work with you to identify areas of the process you could do yourself in order to keep legal costs to a minimum. Because of the number of charities we have successfully registered, we also understand the Charity Commission's approach to registrations, which helps us to ensure the process goes as smoothly (and cost-effectively) as possible for you.
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.