Helping charities and social ventures achieve their full potential

Charities are under increasing financial, regulatory and media pressure. More than ever, you need sound advice on how to manage risks and protect your reputation.

We specialise in advising charities whose main value lies in their intellectual property. We are best known for our work with charities operating in scientific research and healthcare, work with professional societies; and in higher education.

Typically, we work with trustees and executives, in their management decisions and strategic planning. This frequently extends to complex advice on governance and constitutional issues for charities and in respect of their relationships with other stakeholders.

‘Hot topics’ include data protection and the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018, serious incident reporting, fundraiser agreements, and trustee disqualification and conduct.

As a full-service and multi-disciplinary charities team, we are also here to support you with addressing these kinds of issues as well as all the day-to-day operational issues that charities face. Our clients include charities and social ventures, professional societies, funders, philanthropists and social investors seeking advice in areas such as mergers, commercial activity, property transactions and employee and volunteer management. We also draw on our extensive international network for advice about compliance in other countries.

Drawing on the combined expertise of our dedicated charity team and the charity specialists in our other practice areas in the firm, we can suggest practical options and solutions for all your strategic operations. For many of our charity clients, we’ve become effectively an in-house resource, on hand to steer them safely through complex and challenging matters.

You can call on our expert advice for all the key issues that affect you, including:

  • Governance and constitutional issues
  • Mergers and restructuring
  • Employment, HR and volunteer management (including trustee issues)
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Privacy and data protection issues
  • Complaints and dispute resolution
  • Commercial contracts.
  • Property matters.
  • Protecting your Intellectual Property and brand.

Talk to us, whether you’re just setting up, looking to expand, merging or launching a major project. We’ll make sure we understand your situation, explain the implications, provide straight-talking, focused and commercially sound advice and act quickly and effectively.

For more information on the General Data Protection Regulation click here, or tune into our HR ListenIn podcast GDPR for HR practitioners.


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