Charities and not-for-profit

Our highly experienced group advises charities and other non-profit-making organisations on all legal and regulatory aspects applicable to them.

Overview

Our Charity and not-for-profit (NFP) team is made up of a specialist team of multi-disciplinary lawyers and has an established track record of advising clients in the NFP sector across a variety of organisations; from charities to sports clubs, tenants associations, parish councils and schools. Our clients include both UK and international NFPs and we cover a wide range of legal areas such as incorporation and mergers, structuring, governance and constitution, and pension and property matters. We also advise on the practical day to day requirements associated with managing an NFP including data protection, tax, employment, litigation (including contested legacies), advertising, and contracts.

We are able to offer our clients a more holistic legal service than many of our contemporaries outside of London because, as well as appreciating the need to employ a different approach when advising in the NFP sector, we also cover a far wider category of legal specialisms. This means that we do not have to seek external advice or assistance in order to provide a comprehensive, well-rounded set of recommendations while retaining exceptional value for money.

Many of our charity team members are actively involved with local NFPs, some taking on director or trustee positions, or even getting involved with clients on a more personal basis by assuming voluntary roles. This personal experience makes our team particularly well attuned to the needs of NFPs and the complex practical issues they face on a daily basis.

Featured experience

The group advises on business purchases and sales by charities. Recent examples include the sale of a nursing home run by a charity client and the purchase of an educational training business by an online education supplier.

The group has also assisted on many charity incorporations including a pre-school, a tennis club and an almshouse charity. We have also acted for charities wishing to wind up and deregister as a charity.

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"Everyone we deal with at FSP understands our business and that as a charity we need to keep a close eye on costs."

Mandy Williams, CEO, Child Autism UK
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"FSP have supported me over the last three years in creating and developing of a number of sports charities. In this time, the environment for volunteer led sports organisations has changed radically under austerity. Those that survive and prosper have had to look at their legal status, their methods of operating and how they involve stakeholders. The team at FSP understand these pressures and have helped considerably to manage the necessary changes. Understanding the legal process is one thing, having empathy, tolerance and understanding of the significance of change for a volunteer organisations is another. They are very good at it."

J Bolan, Falkland Cricket Club
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"Purley Park Trust have worked with Field Seymour Parkes LLP for many years and we’ve always found them to be helpful and efficient. This is why we approached them in relation to assisting us with a merger with another charity that needed to be completed to an exceptionally tight timescale.The initial response from FSP was immediately reassuring – and communication throughout the process was excellent, I cannot think of any way the process could have worked better for us."

L Grady, Purley Park Trust
Legal 500 UK
"always responds quickly" and "applies original thinking to help the client break new ground."

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