Legal Advice For Charities
Supporting Charities, Trustees of Charities and other non-profit organisations.
There is a long tradition in this country of individuals and businesses donating time, expertise or funds to charities or being involved with charities in other ways whether as volunteers or as trustees.
This can take the form of involvement with small local charities or parts of much larger charitable organisations which may be national or international in scope. Charities can be involved in a wide range of activities be they from assisting young people, old people, animals, the environment, those less fortunate than most, being some of the classes of charitable endeavour.
However, there has been a significant change in the last few decades as to how charities operate and they have had to become very much better organised and in some cases very much larger, more complex organisations than was the case previously. Many of these organisations in fact have trading arms and the interplay between trading activities and charitable status can be a difficult area.
The legal and taxation regulations governing the formation, merger and closure of charities is complex and specialised and to that must now be added the various charitable companies and other community-based structures that are now available for use. Charities and other non-profit organisations may have not only charitable legal issues but also employment law issues through having employees and indeed volunteers, legal issues surrounding the ownership and sale of land and the utilisation of intellectual property.
At Buss Murton Law LLP we have a number of lawyers, whether they be from a company commercial/employment background or from a private client background who have considerable knowledge and expertise in these areas and can assist you whether you are a charity or a charitable trustee.