I specialise in charity law, and it’s an area I’ve always found incredibly fulfilling. Every day, I provide my clients with the support and understanding they need to stay inside the statutory and regulatory framework. Whether I’m working with schools and academies, housing associations or animal charities, I relish the opportunity to help those who are passionate about helping others.
As well as working within the sector on a professional basis, I also act as trustee for a number of charities. This gives me a unique vantage point, as I know how charities work and am able to see any issues from the point of view of the trustees, while also coming up with practical solutions as their legal advisor.
Make sure you’re up to date with the guidance produced by the Charity Commission.
Ensure your trustees are properly trained and fully understand their duties and responsibilities.
If you don’t know or aren’t sure about something – ask an expert.
How do I set up a charity?
The first thing to do is look at the guidance published by the Charity Commission on setting up a charity. You need to understand what your charity can and can’t do, what form it can take and what information you need to be able to register it.
What sort of organisation should it be?
It depends very much on how big the charity will be and what it will do. There are different options available for incorporated and unincorporated charities, and if you’re not sure which legal structure best suits your organisation it’s important to seek the advice of an expert.
How do I find trustees and what do they need to know?
Depending on the type of charity, you can approach business organisations or professional firms, or you can advertise for trustees to apply. The Charity Commission publishes guidance on becoming a trustee for anyone considering taking on this role.