Charity litigation & dispute resolution
Legal experts specialising in charity litigation and dispute resolution
An internal dispute may arise involving the charity’s trustees or members. Alternatively, a dispute may arise externally between the charity and a third party, supporter or beneficiary. If a dispute is not resolved, it can lead to a breakdown in the governance and day-to-day management of the charity.
Acting to resolve disputes is therefore part of a trustee’s duty. We understand that charities have to make decisions about legal action based on the finances involved and the risk of bad publicity as well as the merits of the case.
What is charity dispute litigation?
Charity dispute litigation refers to legal proceedings that arise when there is a disagreement or conflict between individuals or organisations involved in charitable activities. These disputes may involve issues such as mismanagement of funds, breach of trust, or violation of charitable laws and regulations.
What dispute resolution legal services do we offer charities?
- Employment issues
- Trustee disputes
- Property disputes
- Protection of your brand
- Enforcement of legacies
- Disputes in relation to legacies to charity for example; due execution, Inheritance Act claims, rectification
- Disputes in relation to Will Trusts
- Advice in relation to the Charity Commission’s powers
- Mediation services
- Judicial review of decisions of public and quasi-public bodies
- Contract disputes and debt recovery
For more information, get in touch with our expert team. We have offices in London, Richmond, Southampton, Lymington, Woking and Guildford.
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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.