Our members’ extensive expertise in the fields of charity law and associated disciplines enables us to offer a comprehensive service to the Third Sector.
Our members are familiar with the range of issues that affect voluntary and not-for-profit organisations. We provide advice on the formation, reconstruction and winding up of charitable trusts, companies limited by guarantee, CIOs, industrial and provident societies, community interest companies, unincorporated associations and other structures. We also have wide experience of dealing with governance issues, mergers, demutualisation, interaction with regulators (including issues on registration and formal inquiries), internal disputes, and disputes with third parties.
We advise on existing or proposed relationships with commercial organisations, e.g. for fundraising purposes, and on the use of non-charitable subsidiary companies. We also have expertise in the acquisition and disposal of charity property of all kinds and charitable provisions in Wills or discretionary trusts.
The majority of our instructions on Third Sector matters come from external or in-house solicitors. We are also instructed by members of certain professional bodies under the Bar’s Licenced Access scheme. Some of our members also accept instructions, in suitable cases, from organisations and individuals directly, without the interposition of a solicitor, under the Bar’s Public Access scheme.
For more information about the Bar’s Licenced Access and Public Access schemes, please click on the link to the left. For more information about our members’ Third Sector expertise, please contact a member of our clerking team.