Charity solicitors for the voluntary sector.

Charities need specialist legal advice and support to help them achieve their aims. We work with non-profit organisations of all kinds to anticipate risks, overcome challenges and navigate the complex legal landscape they operate in.

The activities these organisations perform help enrich and support the lives of thousands of people in our local communities, so our approach is always the same. We are honest, pragmatic partners to the charity sector, helping to bring clarity and strategic thinking to a complex area of law.

Overview

The charity sector faces many unique challenges, including varying levels of government support and funding and the need to innovate and find new ways to do its work. A large part of this is the need to try and future-proof organisations through diversification of funding and fundraising activities as well as embracing digital and online solutions. However, these adaptations bring not just new opportunities but new challenges too. The reputational damage that can result from a data breach can be catastrophic for an organisation that relies on public trust and goodwill. We help the charities we work with overcome these challenges by always providing a solid bedrock of expert advice and specialist legal knowledge.

Our multi-disciplinary approach to team building means our charity clients can benefit from every part of Blaser Mills Law. Our broad range of specialist skills allows us to offer straight-forward legal advice on all aspects of charity and commercial law, including drafting contracts, advising on grants, providing guidance on employment law, providing commercial property and real estate services and supporting organisations’ corporate governance. We have also successfully represented charities in litigation and dispute proceedings, and are ready to do so for you if needed.

An excellent team, with an outstanding client list. Blaser Mills has a very good track record in the area.

THE LEGAL 500

Understanding the Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has a number of core activities, principally around the registration of charities, providing guidance, reviewing charity annual returns and investigating any alleged wrongdoing. It is a hugely important presence in the charity sector and we help many of our other clients with their compliance activities. Our charity law team of specialist lawyers can guide you through the application, orders or schemes process, as well as assisting you in preparing for a review visit. If you should receive any formal advice from the commission, our team will be able to cut through any complexity and provide you with a clear breakdown and framework for action.

Supporting your corporate governance

Trustees have a vital role in the day to day operation of charities, but they have a number of legal responsibilities they must uphold. They represent one important area of corporate governance that charities need to review regularly. We carry out structure and governance reviews for our clients, helping them to identify any changes that need to be made to important documentation, policies and procedures. Our charity solicitors can work with your board of trustees, providing them with regular updates on changes to the law surrounding non-profit organisations and their roles.

We are long-term partners to our clients, helping them to not just overcome their immediate challenges but create the best chance for prolonged success. You can rely on us to help with the full range of corporate governance support, from reviewing and drafting policies and procedures to advising on structural change and investment policies.

We can help you

Our charity solicitors have an in-depth knowledge of the unique challenges that non-profit organisations face, as well as how our specialist knowledge and experience can help. Whether you are a trustee of a charity or a member of senior management, we can provide the legal services you need to work with total confidence. Contact a member of our team today by calling us on +44 (0) 203 814 2020, sending an email to enquiries@blasermills.co.uk or filling in our contact form.