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Charities & Not for Profits

Charities & Not for Profit Solicitors in Manchester and London

If you have, or are planning to set up, a ‘body or trust which is for a charitable purpose that provides benefit to the public’, then you will have certain obligations to meet, set out in the Charities Act 2011. Our Charities & Not For Profits Solicitors can help and advice on the obligations of charities and trusts.

Although a lot of these obligations are similar to those required by businesses, there are certain ones which are unique to charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Monarch Solicitors can offer support and advice on a wide range of areas, including:

  • Charity formation;
  • Charity takeovers and amalgamations;
  • Charity Commission reviews;
  • Charity governance;
  • Data protection issues.

Monarch Solicitors understand your main aim is to ensure the best for your beneficiaries, and we offer sensible, pragmatic and practical advice in order to help you achieve that.

Contact our Charities & Not For Profits Solicitors

If you would like to enquire for any of our services please complete our online contact form here or send an email to us at [email protected] and one of our solicitors shall call you back.

Alternatively, please call our specialist solicitors in Manchester on 0330 127 8888 for a no obligation discussion.

For more information regarding charities and not-for-profits, please click here for more information.

We are also able to leverage an international network spanning across Hong Kong, Turkey and Dubai to provide seamless assistance with cross-border matters relating to charities & not for profit organisations.

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Most frequent questions and answers

If you are thinking of opening a new charity, you will need to ensure that your charity meets the following requirements:

  • There needs to be a governing document outlining how the charity will be run
  • The charity must have forecasted gross annual income of over £5,000
  • The charity must only be involved in ‘charitable work’ that benefit the public
  • The charity needs to have clear aims and objectives

There are four main types of charity structures:

  • Charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • Charitable company (limited by guarantee)
  • Unincorporated association
  • Trust

The most appropriate structure to adopt will depend on factors such as risk, whether you choose to employ people, and whether the charity will own any properties.

Generally, most trustees are unpaid but a charity can pay trustees for services if it is in the interests of the charity and provides a significant and clear advantage over all the other options. Trustees do have the chance to claim any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses they occur when carrying out their duty as a trustee

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