"The process of registering a charity can be time consuming and difficult. We have experience in registering charities with the Charity Commission and advising on the most appropriate charity structure. "
Charity Solicitors and Advisors
Our charity solicitors provide comprehensive advice to new or existing charities
For many individuals looking to make a positive impact on the lives of others, setting up a charitable organisation is the first step to making a real difference. With the associated tax breaks and public recognition, there is a clear advantage in taking the decision to set up as a charity. Although the process of registering a charity can be time-consuming and difficult, we can assist with our solicitors’ experience in registering charities with the Charity Commission and advising on the most appropriate charity structure.
What to consider in registering a charity
When setting up a charity, the first thing to decide upon are the charity’s objectives. The objectives should be clear and concise so that they can be understood by others and must be worded so that they are entirely charitable. The number one reason for the rejection of charity registration applications is that the objectives have not been worded correctly. Our charity solicitors are able to word the objectives for you after consideration of the type of work you wish to undertake and any future plans you may have.
You also need to consider a charity name that is not too similar to other charities or companies. Any evidence of work already undertaken, such as a website or brochure material, together with donation and grant policy paperwork (if any), will assist in supporting an application to the Charity Commission.
Choosing Charity Trustees
The trustees undertake a vital role and are responsible in law for ensuring that charities are run correctly and in accordance with the charity’s objectives. Furthermore, the trustees are responsible for the managing the financial affairs of the charity, including how money is spent, preparing annual reports and ensuring the charity is governed in accordance with the law and the charity’s constitution. You should consider the expertise and knowledge of individuals when considering appointing trustees as well as their experience and commitment to the role.
What we do as charity solicitors and advisors
We offer a comprehensive charity service, and can assist with any of the following:
1. Registering charities. This means:
– Initially we discuss what your charity does and take details of trustees and other key charity information such as where you will be working. We also advise on the most appropriate charitable structure.
– We then prepare the draft application, together with the charity’s Constitution.
– After review of the paperwork, we can meet to discuss the application and answer any questions you may have.
– Upon approval of the application, Constitution and related documents, we submit the application on your behalf to the Charity Commission.
– Currently, the Charity Commission is taking approximately two months to review applications.
– Upon review of the application, the charity will either be registered or the Charity Commission will request additional information or clarification which we will then discuss with you and draft a response.
– Registration of the charity is anticipated within three to six months from the initial instructions.
2. Responding on your behalf to enquiries raised by the Charity Commission or HMRC.
3. Registering a charity for Gift Aid.
4. Advising trustees on their legal responsibilities.
Why choose us as charity solicitors and advisors?
Our solicitors have successfully set up a number of charities in the past and are able to provide comprehensive advice on the registration process along with advice on how to manage existing charities.
For a free consultation, call 0121 603 0077.