Charities and Not-for-Profit

With changing legislation and ever increasing regulation if you are operating within the charity, voluntary or not-for-profit sector there has never been a greater need for comprehensive legal advice.

Our charity lawyers are recommended by The Legal 500 and can help you navigate through the complexities of Charity Law to avoid the risk of personal liability and manage the reputation of your charity.

Our aim is to help you achieve your objectives with practical and cost effective advice.

Legal advice for charities, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations

Trustees are required to adopt an increasingly commercial approach to the management of their charity.  To demonstrate sufficient ‘duty of care’  trustees should carefully consider the need for legal advice whenever key decisions are required.

We offer a complete service from initial formation of the charity through to day to day governance issues.  We can also advise on strategic matters such as mergers and joint ventures.

The structure of your charity is particularly important and we will discuss the best solution for you. This will include analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of incorporation (in particular, the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation structure).  We will also ensure your charity complies with Charity Commission regulation and take the worry out of key decisions so that you can feel confident your charity is heading in the right direction.

If your charity is engaged in a dispute of any sort we can help resolve that and ensure that the trustees are able to protect the assets of the charity.

Why choose Furley Page for advice on Charities

  • We have an experienced team of lawyers with expertise in all aspects of charity law.
  • We are recommended by The Legal 500.
  • We act for many local and national charities.
  • Our lawyers are members of the Charity Law Association.
  • Many of our lawyers sit, in a personal capacity, as trustees and officers in charitable and not-for-profit organisations.
  • We are able to offer a complete service to your charity.

Charities and Not-for-Profit services

Charity formation and structures

We can advise you on the best structure to adopt for your charity, the advantages of incorporation and the new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) structure. We can draft your constitution and handle registration with the Charity Commission.

Governance and compliance

We provide assistance with the administrative running of charities; preparation and submission of annual accounts; formulation and review of policies; assistance with queries raised by the Charity Commission.

Disputed legacies

Trustees have a duty to protect charitable legacies. We can help deal with questionable Wills and obstructive executors and check estate accounts to ensure the fees and expenses are reasonable.

Charity mergers

We advise charities and not-for-profit organisations on mergers, including whether or not their plans are permissible, potential structures, dealing with the Charity Commission, due diligence, asset transfers, employees, registration and regulatory issues.


Incorporation can reduce the risk of trustees’ personal liability and simplify many operational aspects of running a charity. We can help incorporate trust-based charities, advising on structure, drafting the constitution, dealing with company formation and registration and the transfer of assets and activities from the old to the new.


We act for a significant number of independent schools with charitable status, advising in particular on employment law and issues, property issues and assisting with fee collection.

Contract review and drafting

Many charities do not have this expertise in-house, so reduce risk by having key contracts for the supply or purchase of goods and services properly drafted or reviewed.

Property and the Charities Act

We can assist with the acquisition and disposing of property (including leases and gifts) in compliance with the Charities Act and can offer advice on general property portfolio management.

Charity accounts

Charity Accounts must comply with the Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) enabling a consistent approach to accounting. We can prepare compliant accounts for your charity and deal with annual Charity Commission returns.

Taxation and charities

We advise on general charitable tax exemptions and various VAT related issues including property acquisitions and disposals and VAT recovery.


We act for a number of Almshouses in Kent. We can help modernise the management of the charity and advise Trustees on the standards of Almshouse Management.

How can we help you

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Key Contacts

Aaron Spencer

Partner & Head of Private Client

Tony Chester


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