The voluntary sector is undergoing fundamental change. As well as dealing with the rapidly evolving legislative and regulatory environment, many charities are operating with constrained resources, both financial and human.
The increased pressure to be more commercial means dealing with the challenges of funding and fundraising, trading, governance, staffing and property, and other issues such as data protection and pension provision. At the same time, charities need to remain transparent while protecting their reputations. Consequently, it is important to work with a legal team that has real expertise across a wide range of disciplines – not just charity law.
At Charles Russell Speechlys we have one of the largest charity and not-for-profit practices in the country. The group spans the entire firm, sharing expertise, knowledge and resources to provide our clients with the support and advice they need to help them respond to the challenges they face. With strength in depth, we bring expertise from the firm’s very broad general practice, both in the UK and internationally.
We act for a diverse range of charities and not-for-profit organisations. Our clients include household names, national and international charities, family charitable trusts, foundations, schools and professional and governing bodies. We advise them on a variety of issues from charity law, constitution and restructuring (including Royal Charters), Commercial (including developing joint ventures and partnerships, commercial contracts, franchising, sponsorship, fundraising, IT, outsourcing & procurement), Intellectual Property, taxation and trading, Employment (including advising on employee rights, volunteers, pensions and immigration), Property, Planning and Construction, trust law, philanthropy, estate and legacy issues, reputation and, of course, their obligations with regard to the Charity Commission.
We have particular knowledge of and involvement in the arts, environment, healthcare, museums and heritage, higher education, military, philanthropy, religious organisations, schools and sport. We have been consistently ranked as one of the top legal advisers to charities by Charity Finance Magazine and the Chambers and Legal 500 directories.