We understand the unique needs of the charities sector. We have a team of leading charity experts who are recognised as being among the very best in Scotland and are friendly, knowledgeable and approachable.
We advise on every type of charity law. We can help with whatever your charity needs, including:
- setting up to winding down or merging
- changing legal form or reorganisations
- regulatory matters and OSCR investigations
- charity tax/ trading issues and charity accounting
- reputation management
With experts in every area, we can also deal with all of your charity’s other legal needs, whether it relates to property matters, employment issues, data protection or procurement, safeguarding, litigation, pensions, investments, renewables and more.
How can we help?
Charitable Status can have many advantages. If you are thinking of setting up a new charity, we would be pleased to discuss the different options available with you, providing our recommendations going forward. We can then guide you through and deal with all aspects of the setting up process.
Perhaps your charity is going through some changes and as a result your trustees need to think about joint working or consortium arrangements. Or perhaps the trustees are considering changing the charity’s legal form by becoming a SCIO or charitable company limited by guarantee.
Your charity may have reached the point where it has become necessary to consider a merger or amalgamation with another charity, or perhaps your charity is considering taking over another charity. We also advise on all stages of winding up a charity. We can advise on all these steps and the processes involved.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss any of these options further.
Good public perception is crucial to the success of every charity. We know how quickly a good reputation can be damaged if something goes wrong or if your charity receives any negative press or digital coverage, which can then adversely affect donors and supporters. We have a proven track record in providing excellent crisis / reputational management care as and when it is needed, round the clock if necessary.
We will guide your trustees through the steps they should take, deal with OSCR and any other bodies involved, provide whatever detailed reports may be required and assist your charity to put all the necessary controls and procedures in place to minimise the risk of the situation reoccurring.
All our advice will be bespoke to your particular needs, from dealing with safeguarding issues or any other serious forms of regulatory breach to what may be regarded as being a more minor or unintended breach.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have concerns about any form of breach that you are worried may have reputational repercussions for your charity.
Scottish based charities are dealing with a new enhanced self – regulatory fundraising regime, with interesting fundraising developments having taken place both North and South of the Border.
We can guide you through the fundraising maze, including:
- Dealing with the new Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel and the Fundraising Regulator in England and the powers that they have,
- The new Code of Fundraising Practice and the types of agreement you may need to have in place
- Practical considerations for your charity’s trustees
Good governance encompasses so many different aspects of the charity. From the way that the charity is run by the trustees, to the various policies, procedures, checks and controls that are put in place, to the internal structures, committees and reporting mechanisms put in place within the charity itself.
We can advise on all your governance and regulatory issues, including:
- Standard compliance matters
- The OSCR notification regime
- Putting all the necessary procedures, policies and controls in place.
- Training bespoke to your charity’s particular needs
- OSCR investigations