At Hugh James we have a multi-disciplinary charities legal team offering complete legal support with the right blend of expertise and experience.
Hugh James can support charities in a number of ways:
We can offer complete legal support in the following categories:
Increasingly charities find their attention is focused on good governance and accountability. We can assist in the improvement of every aspect of your organisation in these areas, paying particular attention to matters including:
We are often asked to advise on problematic legacies and in these cases our goal is always to balance maximising legacy funds with the need to avoid bad publicity which can have a lasting impact on future revenue including:
Choosing the correct legal support is important in any business and the Hugh James charity team are experienced in advising organisations on the best structure to suit them including:
Whichever structure is appropriate, Hugh James attend to the complete registration process so that you can focus on achieving your charitable objectives. Good governance is essential and trustee boards are ultimately responsible for ensuring this. Hugh James can assist charity clients in putting in place appropriate procedures for a variety of risk management issues including:
Charities often engage in fundraising activities which involve trading activities. Consequently trustees must always take care to ensure that tax liabilities are not unwittingly incurred. Contrary to popular belief, there is no general exemption from tax for charities. A charity’s trading activities are often carried out through a non-charitable subsidiary – often a limited company.
The Hugh James charity team are experts in advising on operational requirements of charities. In particular, the relationship between the charity and its subsidiary must be carefully structured and monitored to ensure that charity law obligations are met.
The Hugh James employment team provide a comprehensive range of services in dealing with professional and operational HR issues and handles a variety of employment work including employment law advice and tribunal representation, HR consultancy, and training.
We are able to advice on a number of employment legal issues including:
It is likely that buying or leasing a property or land is one of the biggest transactions that a charity will undertake. Astute advice from an experienced charity solicitor is essential to ensure that you achieve the best solution for you.
Our property experts can assist charities with legal matters including:
As part of its business activities, a charity will undoubtedly enter into contractual arrangements.
From time to time you may need expert advice to assist you in resolving disputes with suppliers, leases or indeed employees. At Hugh James we have legal experts in dispute resolution available offering a solution-focused value for money approach to your contract management problems.
Unlike other businesses, charities must always remember their overriding duty is to protect their charitable assets. Furthermore, if the trustees are to avoid personal liability, they must always be ready to justify their decisions in commercial terms. This duty is also paramount when disputes arise in connection with a charity’s commercial activities.
Hugh James specialise in providing constructive advice, taking into account all relevant issues, including the particular constraints which apply in situations involving charities.
Charity Review Visits are undertaken by The Charity Commission with the aim of improving the performance of the charities visited though “bespoke issue-led advice and support”.
A review visit is not an investigation or an audit but an opportunity for The Charity Commission to have a look at the charity’s activities, governance and finance, and to see the way the charity operates in context.
The Charity Commission then provides informed advice on legal requirements or good practice that need to be implemented. Our team can support clients who are preparing for a review visit and assist in the implementation of advice given by the Charity Commission once a review has taken place.
Churches, Memorial Halls and Community Centres.
Changes to the statutory framework governing small Charitable Trusts, in particular regarding the requirements of the Charity Commission and the Land Registry, and concerns regarding the potential liability of Trustees, have caused an increasing number of small Charitable Trusts to instigate comprehensive reviews of their governing documentation.
Hugh James is able to provide assistance in this area, including: