Charities and Third Sector

Our Charity Law team works with charity organisations to navigate the unique legal and regulatory requirements of the sector.

Our Charity Law team regularly act for charities, not-for-profits, social enterprises, and other public-benefit organisations. We pride ourselves on understanding the third sector and the particular context in which our clients operate. We understand the highly regulated nature of the sector and are alive to the legal issues affecting charities.

The multi-disciplinary Charity Law team at Carson McDowell advises charities on a broad range of matters relating to charity law but also is engaged on a much broader scale by these clients. We work closely with our charity clients who approach us not only for charity law, governance and regulatory input but also in relation to any and all matters upon which the organisation may require legal advice from time to time including (but not limited to) employment, real estate, sensitive litigation, finance and commercial contracts.

Our charity solicitors act for charities across a number of sectors, including many well-known household names. We have particularly developed an aptitude for representing charity clients who operate in the Education sector.

In addition to the clients we advise, Partners and Solicitors in the firm serve on a variety of trustee boards and committees, bringing their wealth of experience to the charity sector.

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What we do

Formation of Charitable and Not-for-Profit Entities
Registration with the Charity Commission Northern Ireland and Registering Charities
Advice on Compliance with Companies Act 2006, Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008
Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008; and Duties, liabilities and responsibilities of Directors/Trustees including compliance with the requirements of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
Board Training
Transfers of Charitable Asset
Winding up
Organisational Restructures
Funding Agreements, Contracts and Grants
Advice on Charitable Legacies
Real Estate law Issues – Leases, Purchases and Development
Employment Law Issues - Contracts, Policies, Conduct, and TUPE Advice
Information Management – Data Protection and Freedom of Information Issues
Dispute Resolution

Our dedicated Charity Law team is here to advise you.

If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, please get in touch today.