Charities and Third Sector
We can provide comprehensive legal services to charities and third sector organisations and support the entire lifecycle of a charity including charity formation, reorganisation and wind up, administration and governance as well as property and employment law services. We have specialist expertise advising cross border charities and can support you in navigating the differences between jurisdictions. We also have specific expertise in community asset transfers and the particular challenges they present.
Our experienced team can support you with all of the legal aspects involved in the creation of a new charity. We can provide guidance on the form of the charity, its constitution and any appropriate tax relief. Importantly we can liaise with the Office of the Scottish Charity Register (OSCR) in relation to the application as understand what they will require as part of the process.
Please click here to view a case study on our work establishing a new charity, Rainbow Boxes, in response to the COVID pandemic.
Gaining charitable status is the beginning of the process, not the end and we can advise on governance and provide a regular health check to identify whether any areas of the charity’s governance should be improved.
Issues around conflicts of interest and private benefit are of particular concern to the Regulator and we have a wealth of experience in how to handle these in a way that is pragmatic and acceptable to them.
Our team regularly advises charities on reorganisation matters and can offer support where a adjustments to or a variation of the constitution is needed or if there is a requirement for property or other assets to be transferred to another charity. We can also advise on the amalgamation with another charity including the employment, property and brand and IP considerations.
News and insights
Advised on the creation of a new charity supporting patients and their families in the wake of Covid-19
Charities whose original aim has been satisfied or perhaps no longer able to provide the service - is now the right time to consider winding up your charity.
We recognise that many charities face the same issues as commercial entities and we seek to address this by involving experts who have particular experience in the charity sector. Get in touch with one of our team to find out how we can help you.All team
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They are quick to respond and reply, very approachable and willing to go the extra mile for charities and voluntary organisations in Scotland.
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