At IBB Solicitors, we work extensively with the charity sector, providing expert legal advice to ensure you comply with the law, to let you focus on your charitable mission.
An expert team
Our dedicated charities legal team is led by senior charity law practitioners, who have a wealth of experience in acting for charities of all shapes and sizes.
This highly experienced unit is supported by a cross-departmental team of partners and solicitors covering a range of areas including real estate, finance, construction, employment, dispute resolution, child protection, fraud, intellectual property, estate management and trusts and taxation.
We can help you with:
- Collaborative working
- Data protection
- Dispute resolution and mediation
- Employment law
- Establishing new charities and social enterprises and arranging registration with the Charity Commission, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and HMRC
- Fundraising issues and relationships with corporate sponsors
- Grant contracts, service delivery contracts and SLAs
- Insolvency issues
- Membership Issues
- Charity mergers
- Outsourcing and shared services arrangements
- Charity property – acquisitions, disposals, leases and mortgages of charity property and property development including construction
- Regulation and compliance
- Special trusts, permanent endowment and alteration of trusts including applying to the Charity Commission for Orders and Schemes
- Trading and establishing trading subsidiaries
- Training for charity trustees
- Trustee advice
Personal service and value for money
Our relationship with each charity client is managed by one of the core team, so you always have a primary contact and know who you will be dealing with. We also understand that charities are under constant pressure to demonstrate that they are delivering value for money. We work with you to achieve this while ensuring that you continue to safeguard your interests and your reputation.
Our team of charity lawyers act for a diverse range of charity and not-for-profit clients across the whole of the third sector. Our clients include household names as well as local community organisations and religious bodies. Our clients come in all shapes and sizes, but they are all affected in the same way by charity law. Our charity experts aim to become trusted advisors to our clients providing advice that not only complies with charity law, but is tailored to your organisation’s particular circumstances. All of our clients are important to us but we cannot name them all and, in many cases, the work we do for our clients is confidential.
However our range of clients include:
- Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent
- Congregation of the Holy Spirit and Immaculate Heart of Mary
- Daughters of Jesus
- Institute of Our Lady of Mercy
- Help Musicians UK
- Royal College of Pathologists
- Teenage Cancer Trust
- Union of the Sisters of Mercy of Great Britain
Our charity law experts have worked with our clients on many interesting and varied projects. To demonstrate our capabilities as a charity law firm, we have set out below a few examples of recent charity law projects that our charity solicitors have worked on. There is however no substitute for a personal reference and, if you would like to know more about the experience of working with the charity lawyers at IBB, please ask us to put you in touch with one or more our clients for a reference and we will arrange this.
Recent projects include:
- Advising a Royal College on a governance review of its Royal Charter, By-Laws and Ordinances which involved liaising with the Privy Council and the relevant Government department to approve the changes. In addition, we were involved in redrafting their Conduct Regulations and have advised on a number of disciplinary investigations carried out under the new Regulations.
- Advising a large Religious body on changing its Statutes in order to bring them into compliance with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010.
- Assisting a large Religious charity to minimise the impact of an adverse health and safety regulatory incident; providing training and workshops to the Trustees and senior staff on how to handle investigations in the future; and subsequently advising on the potential options for restructuring the charity’s group of care homes to maximise the benefit for the Religious, whilst preserving a lasting legacy and reducing the potential exposure from litigation risks to other parts of the charity.
- Advising a renewable energy related charity on raising funding from commercial participators to be recycled as loans to community projects and also assisting with obtaining investment funding of £1 million from Big Society Capital for use as capital for the loan funding.
- Advising a charity which exists to support the work of a Roman Catholic Congregation on the potential issues for the charity that may arise in the event that the Congregation ceases to exists. This involved a detailed consideration of the interplay between Canon law and civil/charity law to see which takes precedence in determining who will control the assets when the Congregation ceases to exist.
- Advising a charity seeking to merge with another charity that suffered from a large final salary pension deficit, investigating and advising on the possibility for the charity to purchase the assets of the other charity through an administration pre-pack sale.
- Advising on (what we believe to be) the first ever conversion to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) of a charity administered for a Roman Catholic religious order. This involved working with the Charity Commission to approve a suitable constitution that recognised the needs and obligations of the Religious structure whilst at the same time complying with the modern requirements for establishment of a charity.
- Advising a large international charity on its continued involvement in substantive litigation relating to its interest in an associated charity set up in India to further its work in that territory.
- Advising a charity on the redevelopment of surplus property and the construction of a block of apartments for sale, including consideration of the related tax issues.