Charity Law Advice to Charities

Our commitment to social and community welfare means that we have great experience dealing with all matters related to Charity law. We have acted for many charities over the years, advising charity trustees as to the requirements of the Charity Commission and as to a wide range of charity management issues:

  • Choice of charity governing document i.e. by private trust or incorporation, or unincorporated association, or by Charitable Incorporated Organisation (known as CIO), or Community Interest Companies (known as CIC).
  • Registration of trusts with the Charity Commission.
  • Management issues for charity trustees.
  • The legal responsibilities of charity trustees.
  • Dealing with the many varied requirements of the Charities Acts to property title issues on acquisition or disposal of land by charities, including whether to vest property in the Official Custodian of Charities to facilitate future dealings.
  • Mergers of Charities.
  • Which transactions need Charity Commission consent.
  • Charities and trading – what incidental trading is permissible.
  • What activities are legally charitable - as you cannot mix charitable and non charitable activities without risking loss of charitable status and all the privileges that go with that.
  • Alteration of the trusts of a charity.
  • Overseas operations of charities.
  • Cy-Pres schemes.


For Initial Free Advice Call Geoff Kew on 0118 955 9604


The Charities Act 2006 has recently come into force. This greatly widens the legal definitions of charitable activity and what constitutes charitable purposes, and alters future registration requirements.

We also have experience in dealing with Anglican ecclesiastical property law acting for parochial church councils where the property needs to be vested in the diocesan authority as custodian trustee. We have also set up property acquisitions and disposals across a wide range of denominations.

We offer free initial advice, limited to the first 30-60 minutes, regardless of whether or not you later wish to instruct us to act for you.


Contact Details:

Contact Geoff Kew in our
Trusts and Charity Department on:
Direct Line: 0118 955 9604

or complete the Trusts and Charity Enquiry Form.

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