Local charities are a core element of Barr Ellison’s client base.
For decades we have worked with local charities, dealing with their ongoing day-to-day commercial, employment, property and litigation requirements as well as one-off transactions such as formation and mergers & acquisitions.
The regulatory regime for charities has been through significant change. The new rules aim to simplify and reduce the regulatory burden and to make it easier for charities to achieve their ultimate goal – to provide the best possible service to their target group, whether that be aiding children or the elderly, providing assistance to the needy or opportunity through education. Barr Ellison Solicitors firmly believe that the new regulatory structure will assist charities, but we also recognize that the changes have brought their own uncertainty and stresses and we are here to work with our clients through whatever challenges they face.
We provide an advisory role for trustees, directors and managers of charities and our areas of expertise include:
- Formation of new charitable organisations
- Creation of charitable and commercial subsidiaries to leverage the tax position of the charity
- Formation and administration of charitable trusts
- Changing the status of existing charities to Charitable Incorporated Organisations to take advantage of a single regulatory regime
- Constitutional and governance issues
- Setting up joint operations with other charitable organisations
- Restructuring, including mergers or acquisitions
- Working with the Charity Commission and other regulators
- Day-to-day commercial operations
- Employment matters
- Property matters
- Dispute resolution, mediation and litigation
A number of the firm’s staff participate as trustees or members of a range of local charities, assisting them in their day-to-day activities.