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  • Overview

    Expert legal advice for charities

    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.

    Our services include:

    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.

    We are proud to announce that we were lucky enough to partner with the Association of Chairs as part 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. Lets 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.

    For further information please contact our charity 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 and 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 and Passmore as they work with integrity and share our values."
    Gill Gibbs, CEO, Tree of Hope

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    Converting a charity to a charitable incorporated association

    A long-established unincorporated association approached us to advise them on the process of converting to a charitable incorporated association.

    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 and its 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. 

    Termination of allotment land

    We acted for a national charity on the rights of allotment holders occupying land needed by Charity for further development and taking steps to secure possession of the allotment land.  In isolation, the plots seem of little importance.  However, unless possession is secured, the significant planned development cannot proceed.   The development is being funded by a substantial government grant, which adds another level of urgency and complexity.  The lead Real Estate Litigation lawyer is Mark Steggles and the process is ongoing.

  • Latest Updates

    Serious financial difficulties and the liability of trustees

    By its winding up order, made on 20 August 2015, the High Court laid upon the mortuary table the corpse of Keeping Kids Company.  

    A focussed media attention on the fundraising practices of charities

    A focussed media attention on the fundraising practices of charities has encouraged the Government to look into inserting amendments to the Charities Bill to protect vulnerable people from aggressive fundraising tactics.

    Winning the fight: our work with Alzheimer's Society

    Committed to a timely, vital and deeply important cause, Alzheimer's Society works progressively every day to find a deeper understanding of Dementia, a disease that still affects so many.

    Protecting a charity against serious financial loss

    Any frisson of schadenfreude, i.e. taking any pleasure from its misfortunes, which any charity trustee or senior manager may feel on reading the headlines about Greenpeace International’s 3.8 million euro foreign exchange losses should, on mature consideration, be replaced by a more sympathetic reaction and prompt them to consider how robust their own charity’s policies and procedures are.

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