- Charities & Social Enterprise
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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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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.View Case study
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.View Case study
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.View Case study
Acted for the European Association for the Study of Diabetes on the establishment of an English charity. The European Association for the Study of Diabetes is the pre-eminent European body for specialists working in diabetes.View Case study
It was something I heard debated around the time the Social Value Act was being put together: an earlier draft of the legislation had included a definition of ‘social enterprise’ with the idea being that only social enterprises (with a capital ‘S’ and a capital ‘E’) could benefit. However, this was ultimately rejected in the parliamentary process leaving open the possibility that anyone who wanted to (even the private sector) could offer social value as part of a public sector procurement process and get the same credit for it as a CIC or a charity or someone else traditionally seen as part of the ‘not for profit’ sector.