Charities and the “Not for Profit” are complex organisations.  Often dependent on volunteers both to operate and direct, these bodies are subject to the increased pressures of regulation, fast changing legislation and the day-to-day challenge of providing public services. Many charities are big businesses and some are amongst the country’s largest landowners.

Ellisons has a long-standing relationship with a number of charities

Some of the services we offer include:

  • Beddoes applications authorising trustees to become involved in litigation
  • Charity Commission registration
  • Charity proceedings and application to be joined as a party to proceedings
  • Contentious and non-contentious wills, trusts, probate advice
  • Dispute resolution both on behalf of and against charities including Charity Commission inquiries and appeals against their decisions
  • Executors’ powers and duties
  • Fundraising agreements, sponsorship, events and commercial participator contracts
  • Intellectual property matters, including counterfeiting, passing off and trademarks
  • Legacy fundraising and contested probate, including rectification proceedings and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, challenges to validity and interpretation of wills and caveats
  • Mergers and re-structuring
  • Property, employment, defamation and fraud issues
  • Philanthropy
  • Setting up, regulation and governance