We exist ‘to improve lives, communities and society’. Our understanding of, and commitment to, the voluntary sector underpins the ethos of the whole firm, not just a department or team. This depth of understanding helps us find the most effective way to help charities achieve their aims.
We have worked with charities and other not-for-profit bodies since 1973, and we are independently ranked in the top five national law firms for such work. We are particularly well known for our longstanding support to faith-based charities; indeed the firm was founded because of the Christian commitment of the original partners. We work with churches and faith-based groups of all kinds and sizes to help them achieve their mission–whether that is to share their faith or transform society.
Our long-term commitment to our other chosen sectors, including health and social care, social housing and social business, means we are regularly involved in large and critically important projects involving charities in those sectors and the wider third-sector. At the same time we provide reliable, cost-effective support to many smaller charities. Working in this way can be challenging but it is a privilege to work alongside charities and people who share our purpose and values - and help them to improve lives.
We help charities, and those who support them, overcome the obstacles to achieving their aims, whether that involves providing a cost-effective response to day-to-day legal issues or helping to manage a complex project that is critical to the future of the charity. We can help with most of the issues that a charity is likely to encounter and where we cannot help ourselves we usually know someone who can.
We have received advice from Anthony Collins for many years, covering constitutional, management and numerous other aspects of running a charity, including staff employment. In consideration of the expertise, professionalism, support and attention to detail from the staff we have engaged with, in particular Phil Watts and Doug Mullen, I am very happy to recommend their services to any other organisation.Iain Mair, Executive Director, GideonsUK
Find out more about the services we provide to charities...
Innovative legal advice regarding charity governance and structures.
Experts in advising faith-based charities and organisations.
Commercial and funding
Advising on all aspects of commercial and contracts law, and procurement.
Legal support surrounding employment issues.
Property and construction
Experts on legal issues for charities regarding property, land, construction and development.
Property development lawyer and charity sector lead.
We have been recognised for the work we do
The Times is looking for three or four charities to feature in their editions running in December 2019 and early January 2020.
Residents are now unable to make applications to prohibit landlords from seeking to recover the cost of legal proceedings through the service charge on behalf of other residents, without consent.
Natalie Barbosa summarises some of the legal challenges facing fundraisers in the charity sector.
The decision of the Court of Appeal in The Harpur Trust v Brazel & Unison has made clear that employers can no longer legally calculate part-time holiday based on 12.07% of hours worked over a year.
The Government commissioned an independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in July 2018. The outcome was published in May 2019 which highlighted areas for improvement.
In 2017, the NCVO commissioned a review of the tax reliefs available to charities. The brainchild of this review was published on 17 July 2019 in the form of the Charity Tax Commission report.
In 2014, the Charity Commission released its first guidance for charities on reporting serious incidents. The Commission has recently updated this guidance.
Our spotlight piece considers the role of a Senior Independent Director and sector best practice. We also explore recent developments in case law, regulatory and data protection updates, and more.
Following the announcement in April 2019 that the Government was going to consult on abolishing the use of Section 21 notices, the promised consultation has now been issued.
On 8 July, news broke of the staggering fine of more than £183m the ICO intended to levy against British Airways as a result of a hack that took place in 2018, compromising 500,000 customers' data.
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