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Planning for Afforestation

Planning for Afforestation

Safe as Houses

With strong commercial reasons for doing so, many land and property owners have diversified into holiday letting to benefit from this captive market. 

Employment Law – three things to note

Employment Law - three things to note

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.

Charity formation

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.


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Our Charities and Third Sector team brings together specialist expertise from the following teams:

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News and insights

When is it the right time to wind up a charity?

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.

Cross Border Charities

Charity law is not consistent throughout the United Kingdom and there are different regulating bodies and legislation governing the various jurisdictions.

Gillespie Macandrew supports Figures of Speech event as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022

Leading Scottish law firm, Gillespie Macandrew announces its support for a literary event celebrating friendship as part of Scotland’s Year of Stories.

Charities: Top 5 tips for your articles

Our top 5 tips on what a charity should be considering for its articles.

Key contacts

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.

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Contact the Charities team

Please provide a few details about your enquiry in this form and someone in our charities team will get back to you as soon as they can.

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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