Our specialist solicitors work with a huge range of charities and not-for-profit organisations. Find out what we can do for you here.

At Pitmans we understand that Charities and Not for Profit entities require a broad range of expertise from their legal advisors. We offer the right blend of expertise, experience and attitude to offer you the legal support team that you need. We welcome the opportunity to act as a sounding board for your plans, supporting you with astute commercial advice in relation to special projects, such as a review of your governance structure and documentation, or making arrangements to work on a joint project with another charity.

Who do Pitmans’ Charity lawyers work for?

We are well equipped to advise charities, charity trustees and individual and corporate clients working with charities or looking to establish a charity. Our expertise and experience includes advising on all areas of charity and trust law, drawing on our extensive expertise as a full-service law firm, particularly our experience in finance, real estate and tax.

Do Pitmans’ Charity lawyers have any particular areas of expertise?

Recent changes to the statutory framework governing small Charitable Trusts, in particular regarding the requirements of the Charity Commission and the Land Registry, and concerns regarding the potential liability of Trustees, have caused an increasing number of small Charitable Trusts to instigate comprehensive reviews of their governing documentation.

Pitmans provides expert assistance in this area, including interpreting and advising as to the content of Deeds and Documents governing the operation of Churches and other small Charitable Trusts; advising as to the duties and liabilities of Charity Trustees; drafting Declarations of Trust in order to update Governing Documentation, to include the amendment of requirements imposed by old Constitutions where appropriate; Deeds of Appointment and Retirement of Trustees, and the consequent transfers of land (now required by the Land Registry); and first registrations of title of land owned by Charitable Trusts.

We have a multi-disciplinary charities legal team. We can offer complete legal support in the following categories:

  • Corporate services
  • Employment services
  • Wills, Probate and Trusts
  • Family Law including children
  • Commercial Property services
  • Property Dispute Resolution services
  • Commercial Litigation services
  • Regulatory investigations

Our work includes:

  • Formation
  • Governance and Charity Law Compliance
  • Trusts and trusteeship and trustee training
  • Taxation
  • Charitable powers: trading and commercial activities
  • Fund raising
  • Intellectual Property rights
  • Pre and post charity commission reviews
  • Disputes with third parties
  • Data Protection

Why choose Pitmans’ Charity lawyers?

We listen to your needs and advise accordingly to help you to achieve your charitable objectives. We are committed to supporting you in achieving your charitable objectives and governing in accordance with Charity rules. We are firmly committed to working with charities. We deliver astute commercial and legal advice, helping you operate efficiently and effectively; we are always mindful of the rules and obligations of governance; we offer value for money, and deliver on time and on budget. 

We offer the same high level of commitment and care to clients both big and small. The size of our teams and their technical skills allows us to handle a wide range of transactions of varying sizes and our legal advice concerning issues of tax and trust law will be tailored to reflect your practical needs. We complete deals quickly, sensibly and cost-effectively.

"Pitmans LLP have undertaken a range of work for us, markedly employment, covering the full range of HR including drafting contracts and policies, advising on sickness, redundancy, social media and misconduct issues, Settlement Agreements and dealing with sensitive investigations, dismissals and appeals involving privacy and child protection issues. Pitmans always provide a high quality service." Chief Executive Officer, Berkshire Youth

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