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Charities

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

  • Transparent Costs
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Direct Access To Your Legal Team

Charity sector experts.

The Team at Wilson Browne have for many years acted as clerks and Trustees for a number of charities and voluntary organisations some of which manage multi-million-pound funds.

We provide a cost-effective and efficient service to advise and support on a range of issues, so you can concentrate on achieving the charity’s aims. We will help if you:

  • need to form a new charity
  • need help or advice running your charity
  • are a trustee or manager and need advice
  • wish to incorporate your charity to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • are looking for a professional to act as Clerk or Trustee

Our experienced team and specialists can advise on a number of legal questions in relation to the formation of charities as well as drafting and amending governing documents (legal documents that represent the way in which your charity will operate, and should contain information regarding the purpose of the charity and how it goes about achieving its purposes.)

We also advise on the interpretation of governing documents if necessary.

Our experts can assist with updating the Charity Commission’s register and Land registry in accordance with mandatory requirements, as well as the sale and acquisition of charity assets and property.

We offer a bespoke service to act as clerk to your charity which can include the day to day running of the charity, including:

  • organising, attending and minuting trustee meetings
  • managing the charity accounts, invoices and grant applications
  • governance compliance.

In many circumstances we can offer a fixed fee for this service agreed with the trustees at the beginning of the financial year to assist with your annual budgeting and can invoice on regular intervals to assist with cashflow – we are always upfront and transparent regarding costs.

We have experience with running almshouses; direct employment of staff; running charity events and offering training.

Away from the business of running a charity, there are many other issues that affect all businesses whether for profit, or not for profit.

Our Commercial Property team can assist with any property matters your charity might have, including sales and purchases, and grants and acquisitions of leases of premises.

When it comes to people and personnel, our Employment Team can assist with TUPE transfers, contracts of employment and ongoing advice, employers responsibilities, redundancies and GDPR regulations

Inevitably, disputes can arise – Our litigation team can assist with contract and commercial disputes, legacy disputes and employment disputes.

Our private client team (Wills & Trusts),  can prepare trust documentation, administer trusts and advise on the interpretation of Will trusts.

Where vulnerable people are converned, or those lacking ‘capacity’, our specialist care funding and Court of Protection team have extensive experience in working with vulnerable clients and offer a wealth of knowledge (including training), whilst being able to assist your service users directly with advice if required.

We can also provide legal advice on governance and aspects such as any policies required eg risk management or complaints policies.

Our Charity team work closely with Accountants and financial advisers, ensuring you have the right advice and supplying all the relevant information to enable the necessary accounts to be prepared.

To find out more, call us for a no-obligation discussion.