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Charities

At Weightmans, our extensive knowledge of the voluntary sector gives us a sharp insight into the issues you face.

It means we have the experience and the expertise to provide pioneering legal solutions to help you address these issues head on.

Drawing on specialist expertise from across our firm, we're able to offer a full range of legal services tailored specifically for Charitable Organisations.

And with a strong history of providing the highest level of legal support to the private and wider public sectors, our clients also benefit from the very latest commercial thinking.

Our charity experience is wide ranging – we advise organisations across the whole range of charitable activities including higher education, schools, social care, housing, the NHS, children, arts and leisure, cultural activities, community energy saving, regeneration and museums and collections.

The services we offer cover all aspects of charitable corporate advice and governance, including constitutional issues such as the drafting of constitutional documents including those for corporate charities such as CIOs, Companies Limited by Guarantee and Industrial and Provident Societies, and charitable trusts and associations, as well as standing orders, financial regulations and advising on policies and procedures for such organisations.  We also advise on compliance with regulatory issues including freedom of information and data protection and all issues relating to board members/directors roles and responsibilities including the employment of staff and dealing with charity assets and risk management.

Our main areas of expertise include:

  • Charity formation and registration
  • Advising on charitable objects and powers
  • Regulatory guidance
  • Liaison with the Charity Commission and HMRC
  • Duties and responsibilities of Trustees
  • Mergers and transfers of engagements
  • Trading issues
  • Employment and pensions
  • Borrowing by charities
  • Exempt charities
  • Advice on the use of subsidiaries and gift aid
  • Guidance on the use of professional fundraisers