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Charities play a pivotal role supporting those most in need. To do their valuable work they must navigate constantly evolving regulatory regimes, contend with the repercussions of ongoing political change, including Brexit, manage funding pressures and (increasingly) learn to deal with a more hostile environment in the media. We can help them find their way through this challenging landscape and support them through their keenest difficulties and greatest opportunities.
We have been one of the foremost advisers to the charity sector for many years, and our clients include internationally renowned organisations. With longstanding relationships across the sector, we have a deep understanding of the demands upon large, sophisticated charities. Our team includes some of the UK’s leading experts on charity law, with experience supporting national and international organisations through major growth and complex change as well as in their innovative and crucial charitable work, day by day.
Charities trust us to advise on every aspect of their operations from challenging regulatory and compliance issues, through complex questions around charitable structures, trading, fundraising, financial difficulties and insolvency, legacy disputes, serious incident reports, tax and social investment, to major governance reviews - sometimes under close public and regulatory scrutiny. Working with reputation management, corporate, commercial property and other specialists from across the firm, we support charities with with crisis management, disputes, major infrastructure projects and mergers and restructuring. With expertise that spans areas including intellectual property and brand licensing we also regularly advise charities on how they can protect and commercially exploit their brands. Increasingly charitable organisations also look to us for guidance on how they should protect the personal data they hold and their obligations under new law in this area. Where our clients’ operations extend into other jurisdictions, we work with a trusted network of lawyers around the world.
The issue of safeguarding is of course of paramount importance to many charities, and our team supports organisations on all their needs in this sphere, including implementing the correct policies and procedures, managing audits and reviews and in their dealings with the Charity Commission and other regulators.