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  • Overview

    Expert charity legal advice

    We are well-established in the region and our longstanding clients come from large national charities and small regional charities alike, plus a number of academy trusts and independent schools in the South East.

    Our charity and not for profit group is drawn from across the firm and includes members of our private client, trusts, corporate and commercial, employment, property and dispute resolution teams. Each member of the team possesses specialist knowledge and is able to offer our clients legal advice of the highest quality. 

    The service offering from our lawyers includes:

    Charity governance audits 

    Following the recent update to the charity governance code carried endorsed by the Charity Audit Commission, we are now offering a charity governance audit review, aimed at testing, improving and developing better governance for boards of trustees and their members. This is an opportunity for charities to meet with our experienced lawyers to work through a health check tool to assess risks and opportunities for their boards of trustees. To find out more contact Nick Hobden on 01892 7 01326 or email: nick.hobden@ts-p.co.uk.

    Avoiding legal pitfalls

    We are proud to announce that we were lucky enough to partner with the Association of Chairs as part of the Challenge Series to produce a briefing on avoiding legal pitfalls. This briefing paper is a result of research and a round table discussion with charities of all sizes, including some of the largest national ones, to smaller regional charities to explore the legal problems charities face. It also explores what level of knowledge charities may have about their legal obligations. 

    The fascinating briefing offers Chairs an approach to not only ensuring that their charity complies with the law, but also ensuring that charities do not deviate too far or spend too much time away from what they were originally set up to do. Let’s not forget, that charities may also need to use the law to protect themselves e.g. to protect assets. 

    The Association of Chairs is a charity set up to support Chairs of charities and non-profit organisations to lead your boards effectively and ensure delivery of your organisation's mission. 

    If you would like to review a copy of this briefing note please use the following link: Association of Chairs, Avoiding legal pitfalls.

    GDPR and Charities

    We are also able to offer legal advice concerning GDPR and charities. GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect in May 2018 and introduced rigorous requirements for how organisations are able to use and store personal data. GDPR of course affects your fundraising efforts, but it will also have a widespread effect throughout the charity sector.  You can find out more about GDPR here

    For further information please or to obtain legal advice from our specialist team, please contact our charities lawyers.

    "As a Charity CEO working on complex governance issues, where the interpretation of Charity Law can become quite nuanced, the help and advice of Thomson Snell & Passmore is invaluable. Being able to think through the issues with an experienced, critical friend has enabled me to confidently assure and advise my Board and make clear, well thought through decisions. I can highly recommend Thomson Snell & Passmore as they work with integrity and share our values."
    Gill Gibb, CEO, Tree of Hope

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    Acting for Charity Bank Limited

    Charity Bank Limited provides specialist ethical funding to the charity & not-for-profit sector.

    Purchase of charity in administration

    We acted for Real Group Limited, a professional training and education provider, in its purchase of assets of a distressed national charity, Dyslexia Action.

    Acting for a large charity

    We have aided a leading charity in restructuring their HR and finance departments, alongside streamlining their operation as a whole to meet the challenges they face.

    Advising a school

    Advising a school about the incorporation of a company as a charity in order for the school to raise money for a specialist sports-based and arts facility with a focus on special needs.

    Advising a national autism charity

    Advising a national autism charity about a merger with a larger similar charity

    Advising a national disability charity

    Advising a national disability charity about their pension fund which was in deficit.

    Rural Age Concern Darent Valley

    Rural Age Concern Darent Valley (the Charity) is an independent charity providing services for the elderly and disabled people in the southern parishes of Dartford Borough Council and Northern Parishes of Sevenoaks District Council.  They work closely with other groups, based in Kent, as well as local, regional and national agencies to represent the interests of the elderly and disabled on various committees and forums.

    Fleetdown Community Centre

    Fleetdown Community Centre (Fleetdown) is a charity run by a committee of volunteers from members of the local community.

    Advising North Kent Community Church

    Advising North Kent Community Church (now known as Eastgate Church) in connection with the development and financing of a new place of worship and community facility as part of a residential development in the Thames Gateway in Kent.

    Advising a national charity

    Advising a national charity which supports adults who have suffered abuse in childhood.

    Advising Pancreatic Cancer UK

    Advising Pancreatic Cancer UK, a national cancer charity who that required property advice in quick succession with the taking of two a new short term leases within their its head office building and the grant of a further licence for alterations within their offices. 

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As a Charity CEO working on complex governance issues, where the interpretation of Charity Law can become quite nuanced, the help and advice of Thomson Snell & Passmore is invaluable. Being able to think through the issues with an experienced, critical friend has enabled me to confidently assure and advise my Board and make clear, well thought through decisions. I can highly recommend Thomson Snell & Passmore as they work with integrity and share our values.

Gill Gibb, CEO - Tree of Hope

Our go-to law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore recently undertook a  governance audit of our organisation. They provided independent, unbiased assessment of our operations and this valuable opportunity led to a firm restructure. Thomson Snell & Passmore’s expert advice guided us through the realignment process, thereby improving and increasing the reliability and integrity of our business. Additionally, thanks to them, we have tightened up controls and monitoring procedures which will ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

Ingrid Tennessee, CEO, Quo Vadis Trust

Clients are very pleased with the service provided by Thomson Snell & Passmore's 'very responsive and professional' practice providing effective, operational and watertight advice.

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