Our specialist charity solicitors can advise on all aspects of community asset transfers.
Over the last few years we have seen significant numbers of assets transfer out of the public sector to local charities and community groups, to enable refurbishment, improve local accountability, or just to keep them open. “Community asset transfers” can involve the transfer of ownership and/or management of land or buildings. These assets can cover a wide spectrum; we have helped transfer parks, town halls, community centres, sports facilities, affordable housing and libraries.
Communities typically take on the ownership or management of a community asset on freehold, long lease, shorter lease or a licence to occupy basis. There can also be linked service agreements, grant or funding conditions, and the transfer of staff to contend with.
How we can help you with community asset transfers
At Anthony Collins Solicitors, our team has been involved in many community asset transfers. We can advise charity organisations on all aspects of transfer, including:
- The negotiation of transfer terms;
- The community rights including “Assets of Community Value” and the right to bid;
- The most appropriate legal structure for recipients;
- Funding and community share issues;
- Working together and consortia;
- Employment; and
- Intellectual property.
Our experience in this area is nationally unique. We have been supporting charities in asset ownership for nearly 30 years, and we are passionate about helping local groups make real change in their neighbourhoods. We work with the Asset Transfer Unit, and sector-body Locality, on making asset transfer work better for everyone.
Our advice regarding community asset transfers is practical and clear and we work with our clients to guide you through every step of the legal process. We have extensive sector knowledge and the experience required to assist organisations through periods of uncertainty, change and difficulty.
If you would like further information about asset transfers and community asset transfers or how our experienced law team can help you, please get in touch.
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