Charity Law

Our team of leading charity experts is widely recognised as being among the very best in Scotland, working closely with the charities and not for profit sector. We’ve a specialised understanding of the unique opportunities and challenges that it faces. We can provide advice on every area of the law, tailored to our clients’ individual needs and requirements.

Our Charity Law Expertise

How we can help

No charity is too big or too small for us, we greatly value all of our clients and will take the time to get to know you properly. We’re regularly asked to advise on the variety of opportunities and challenges the sector faces, and seek to provide advice that is practical, straightforward and to the point.

We advise on all areas of charity law, which include:

  • Choice of legal form and setting up for new starts
  • Winding up
  • Changing legal form
  • Reorganisations, mergers, amalgamations, take overs, joint working, collaborations and consortiums
  • Good governance, best practice, reporting structures and governance issues
  • Policies and procedures
  • Reviewing and updating constitutions
  • Trustee training
  • Fundraising and dealing with volunteers
  • Community buy–outs
  • Routine compliance, regulatory matters and OSCR investigations
  • Problem solving
  • Safeguarding
  • Charity tax issues and gift aid
  • Trading issues
  • Charity accounts
  • Reputation management and notifiable event reports
  • Charity investments

We can also advise on any other areas that your charity may require, including:

  • Property matters
  • Employment issues and tribunals
  • Contractual matters
  • Data protection and GDPR
  • Procurement
  • Litigation matters
  • Pension issues
  • Renewables
  • Legislative drafting

Through our Charity and Third Sector group, clients can access recognised legal experts across all legal fields and we can provide advice on every area of the law. Please get in touch if there is any matter you would like to discuss further that is not covered here.

Our clients

We act for a wide range of charity and third sector clients in terms of size, sector and type.

We have extensive experience in dealing with every type of charity and third sector body. This includes renewable entities and community benefit bodies / charrettes, royal charter bodies, educational endowments, universities, colleges, independent schools, charitable companies, SCIOs or Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations, industrial and provident societies, housing associations, arms-length external organisations (ALEOs) set up by local authorities, regulatory, professional and membership bodies, philanthropists, trusts, unincorporated bodies and dual registered and international charities.

Fee quotes can be provided upon request.

We're here to help

Speak to our Charity law team today and receive the best possible service.

"The firm is genuinely interested in our work rather than simply treating us as a client."

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