Charities and not-for-profit organisations have to work within a strict regulatory and legal framework. We understand that the last thing you want is for your charitable objectives to be compromised by issues with compliance. Our lawyers are adept at guiding organisations through these often complex requirements.
Through focused and practically grounded legal advice, our teams can help with a wide range of matters, whether you are:
Some of our charitable and not-for-profit clients include:
Our expert solicitors can give comprehensive advice through the all-important initial steps of setting up a charity or not-for-profit. We will also provide guidance on the principles and requirements of ongoing good governance. Our expertise and assistance includes:
Staying compliant with all relevant regulations and legal requirements is vital for the smooth and sustainable running of your charitable organisation. However, doing so is a complicated and continuous process. We can ease this burden, allowing you to focus on the charity work itself.
Our specialist solicitors will ensure you stay compliant, and provide legal support in other aspects of your operation. We can help with:
We work with our clients (and as appropriate their trading companies) on:
Businesses across all sectors must comply with the complex requirements of employment rights and regulations.
Charitable bodies rely on the public’s trust and goodwill, and the public nature of employment tribunal decisions may lead to reputational damage and increased scrutiny from the media and the Charity Commission. There are also the costs and risks of the litigation itself; legal costs are rarely recoverable in the tribunal even if you successfully defend your organisation.
This makes specialist employment law guidance invaluable – both for helping you to implement robust and compliant employment policies and in assisting you to resolve disputes effectively should they arise.
Our employment law team can assist with a range of issues facing employers, including:
The employment law team is led by Robert Whitaker and Katherine Jameson, who provide external general counsel and advice on a wide array of employment issues faced by our clients in the not-for-profit sector.
Our experienced commercial property solicitors can assist you in acquiring new property and assets, or leveraging your organisation’s existing assets, to further your charitable goals.
This can include:
Tees are exceptionally qualified to offer first-class commercial property support to your organisation. Our commercial property team, a Legal 500 top tier department, is led by Aaron Cane. Aaron and Jane Winfield are both Legal 500 ‘Leading Individuals’, and recognised as distinguished specialists in their field.
Our Wealth Management specialists can also guide you in growing and protecting your organisation’s assets.
By instructing Tees, you will have experienced chartered financial planners working hand in hand with our legal teams – ensuring that investment strategies are regularly reviewed and kept in line with your organisation’s charitable objectives.
Many people feel strongly about donating to charity, and naturally want their chosen causes to receive the maximum benefit from the gifts they make. If you are considering a significant gift to charity, our Wills, Trusts, Tax and Probate team can help you.
We offer guidance on:
The team is led by Nicola Havers and Sarah Walker, and has a wealth of experience helping clients to put their charitable wishes into effect, whether through tax-efficient gifts, trusts, or provisions in their will.
Our Wealth Management team can also assist clients who are interested in philanthropy. We can help with establishing charitable trusts or foundations, and developing investment strategies so that your venture can make a positive, long-lasting difference to the world.
James Appleby, Managing Director of Wealth Management, is a Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, with over 30 years of financial services experience. He leads a highly qualified team of wealth specialists and financial planners, all of whom share James’s passion for empowering clients to make the most of their money.
If you would like Tees to help you or your organisation, contact us today.
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