Charities and social enterprises solicitors
Anyone who has anything to do with running a charity quickly finds they have a separate and independent body of law with which they must comply and which affects nearly every transaction that they undertake.
The sector is overwhelmed by demands: regulation, changing legislation, fulfilling their charitable objectives, expectations of trustees, their employees, supporters and service users and all whilst conducting their charitable work under the watchful eye of the media and the general public.
What is charity law?
Charity law refers to the legal framework that governs the establishment, operation, and regulation of charitable organisations. It covers issues such as tax exemptions, fundraising regulations, governance, and accountability. The purpose of charity law is to ensure that charities operate in a transparent and accountable manner, and that they fulfil their charitable purposes.
How Moore Barlow can help
Lawyers in our firm act as trustees and governors. This hands on experience of the sector is at the heart of the practical advice on offer. We have a long established reputation within the charity and social enterprise sector, with expertise in all aspects of charity law and in offering specialist advice. We act for a wide variety of charitable trusts, associations and companies, ranging from local to international.
The firm’s experience of dealing with applications and negotiations with the Charity Commission is reflected in their appointment to the panel of Interim Managers.
What legal services do we offer for charities?
We work with charities throughout their lifetime. Our areas of expertise include:
- Setting up and running charities
- Structuring your charity
- Managing your charitable work
- Intellectual property and branding
- Growing your charity
- Fundraising & income generation
- Advice to charity trustees & governance
- Charity properties
- Closing or merging a charity
- Litigation & dispute resolution for charities
- Interim managers
- Faith based organisations
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Moore Barlow provides a comprehensive range of advice for national and international charities. The team largely handles governance, transactional, and structural matters, including areas such as fundraising, mergers, regulatory, property, registration, and employment. Moore Barlow also has expertise in youth charities alongside regularly dealing with the Charity Commission. Another facet to the firm’s practice is handling cross-border charity mandates.
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The charities team work hard to get to know their clients and to give a personal service that recognises our own specific needs. We are confident that they will give us accurate, timely and helpful advice in times of crisis as well as more routine needs.
The team has considerable expertise in advising charities, in particular in educational sector. They are unusual in being able to advise on the intersection between charity governance and other issues including employment and safeguarding and so we are confident that they understand the context in which we are operating.
These guys are fun to work with. They give excellent, clear, thorough advice. Just who you need in a crisis (which, let’s face it, is mostly when you call a lawyer). They guide you rather than just present the options. Highly responsive and professional. Seems a good balance of big enough to have specialist capability, small enough to offer personal and really good service.
The charities team are outstanding. There can’t be many law firms where clients actually enjoy having to get in touch. They are responsive, personable and incredibly knowledgeable. Not only do they grasp the issues quickly, but they are solutions focussed. You don’t come away with a range of options which you are left to chose between, but you are expertly guided through those decisions, and end with a clear sense how to progress the problem.
We have been delighted with the service we have received from the charities team at Moore Barlow. The team have supported us on a range of matters, including establishing a trading a subsidiary, support with collaboration agreements, governance advice, and copyright advice. They have an excellent approach to customer service combined with really strong expertise in the charity sector.
We used Moore Barlow for a charitable organisation’s restructure during the midst of the pandemic and were delighted by their responsiveness then and their familiarity with the legal and financial territory. Their team work was great – we got continuity and level of staff seniority appropriate to each stage of the process.