Charity governance and constitutions

Extensive experience in charity governance and constitutional reviews

We have extensive experience of carrying out charity governance and constitutional reviews which may have identified opportunities for reorganisation in the charity’s structure. This may include help charities to clarify the role of the trustees, create a smaller and more effective Board of Trustees and to enable the trustees to exercise greater control over branches.

Our services include governance reports, changes to Memorandums and Articles of Association, preparation of briefing papers for members, drafting required resolutions, negotiating with the Charity Commission for consent, where required, and if necessary attending general meetings to brief on changes and assist with responding to any queries raised.

Communication of changes to the membership is key to the successful implementation of the restructuring process. We work closely with chief executives and trustees on how to present the changes to the membership and mitigate the risk of dissent or misunderstanding.

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  • Charity merger

    We advised the NSPCC on its merger with ChildLine. We worked closely alongside our client, the NSPCC, in advising on the transfer of the ChildLine charity to the NSPCC.

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  • Charity merger: National Childbirth Trust

    We advised the National Childbirth Trust on its merger with the Midwives Information and Resource Service (MIDIRS). We advised the National Childbirth Trust on this merger including negotiating and concluding a framework merger agreement.

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  • National rebranding of a charity

    We advised Arthritis Research UK on its national rebranding. We provided a legal project plan and then handled all stages of implementation, including obtaining consents from the Charity Commission and OSCR, passing the resolutions of the charity and its subsidiaries and licensing of the new name to its trading company.

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Free Trustee Training workshops – Autumn 2018

These free trustee training workshops will help charity trustees, and also Chief Executives, to understand the responsibilities of trustees and the demarcation of roles between them and the Chief Executive.

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