Charities and Charity Law

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What is Charity Law?

Charity law covers the rules and regulations related to the set up and operation of charities and non-profit organisations. Charity lawyers must help charities meet their legal obligations and ensure that they comply with the various acts, regulations, and recommended practices.

What does a charity lawyer or charity solicitor do?

A charity lawyer or a charity solicitor, plays a crucial role in providing legal guidance and support to charities and non-profit organisations. They may also be employed at firms specialising in the charity sector. Their responsibilities encompass a wide range of legal matters that are specific to the charitable sector. Charity lawyers may often deal with advice and questions regarding:

  • Tax and Financial Matters: Charity lawyers advise on tax-related issues, including tax exemptions and deductions available to charities
  • VAT Compliance: Ensure compliance with VAT regulations
  • Data Protection: Charities handle sensitive donor and beneficiary data. Charity lawyers ensure that data protection laws, such as GDPR are followed
  • Contractual Agreements: Charity lawyers draft, review, and negotiate contracts for various purposes, such as partnerships, fundraising agreements, mergers, and takeovers
  • Governance: They provide guidance on governance structures and practices, helping charities adhere to legal and regulatory requirements. This includes compliance with the Charity Commission for England and Wales
  • Charitable Status: Charity solicitors assist in obtaining and maintaining charitable status for organisations, ensuring they meet the criteria set forth by relevant authorities
  • Fundraising Regulations: They help charities navigate the complex landscape of fundraising regulations, ensuring that fundraising activities comply with legal standards
  • Political Activities and Campaigning: Charity lawyers advise on the extent to which charities can engage in political activities and campaigning without jeopardizing their charitable status
  • Trading and Commercial Activities: Charities often engage in trading and commercial activities to generate income for their causes. Charity lawyers will ensure that the charity is compliant with the governing regulations
  • Political Activities and Campaigning: Charity lawyers advise on the extent to which charities can engage in political activities and campaigning without jeopardizing their charitable status
  • Gaming and Lotteries: Charities may organize gaming and lotteries for fundraising purposes. Charity lawyers may need to advice and oversee that these comply with gambling and lottery laws
  • Employment Law: Charity lawyers may deal with employment contracts, workplace policies, and disputes within the organisation
  • Property and Land Matters: Handling property and land transactions, leases, and property-related work
  • Intellectual Property: They help protect the intellectual property rights of charities, including trademarks, copyrights, and licensing agreements
  • Financial Services: Charity lawyers may offer guidance on financial management, investments, and compliance with financial regulations
  • Media and Public Relations: Managing media inquiries and public relations issues, especially in the context of fundraising and campaigns, falls within their purview

Charity lawyers play a critical role in assisting charities and non-profit organisations in navigating the complex legal and regulatory landscape unique to the charitable sector. They ensure that these organisations can pursue their charitable objectives while complying with legal requirements and balancing their commercial interests.

Where can I find charity legal jobs?

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