- Charities and Social Enterprise
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Helen advises charities and social enterprises, assisting clients to choose the most appropriate charitable and social enterprise structures, as well as governance more generally. Helen’s experience includes registering of charities and CIOs with the Charity Commission, varying governing documents, mergers of charities and contractual queries. Helen works with a wide variety of charities including start-ups, social enterprises, established charities, academies and independent schools.
In the education sector, Helen’s experience includes steering community, foundation, faith and PFI schools through the Academy conversion process. In addition, Helen advises multi academy trusts on acquiring existing academies through re-brokerage arrangements, as well as assisting academies who are themselves being transferred to multi academy trusts. She attends quarterly meetings with the Department for Education regarding academy conversion issues and policy decisions. Helen supports academies and independent schools on a wide range of day to day issues including governance, contracts, freedom of information and data protection.
Helen completed her training in local government where she gained a solid grounding in public law and remained in local government for three years post qualification. During this time Helen worked for three different Councils advising on projects in the education, housing and waste sectors. This included delivering a number of Building Schools for the Future schemes. Helen draws upon this background in the advice she provides to education clients.
Helen joined Hempsons in 2018 as an Associate in the Charities and Social Enterprise department.
Areas of expertise
- Charity law
- Academy conversions
- Academy transfers
The clients Helen works with
- Social Enterprises
- Multi Academy Trusts
- Single Academy Trusts
- Independent Schools
- Three ways sixth-forms can prepare for academisation, TES
- A to Z of Academy Governance, Education Executive
Qualifications and memberships
- Legal Practice Course (2005)
- Law (LLB) (2003)
- Member of the Charity Law Association
During the last few weeks we have had a number of questions and queries from Charities and Social Enterprises regarding the impact COVID-19 has had on their organisations. Hempsons specialist legal teams have collated a Frequently Asked Questions document that may help you with your own current situation.
The Charity Commission has published guidance for the charity sector in respect of difficulties they may be facing due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For some charities, this may be an increase in demand for others a stark financial picture.
With a new academic year starting, Academies will need to be familiar with the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook 2019. Published in June and taking effect on 1st September 2019, here are the key changes for Academies to be aware of.
Now that schools are fully into the autumn term, it’s helpful to recap on the education news from the last few weeks.
Autumn/Winter 2019 edition of Hempsons’ Charities and Social Enterprise Newsbrief.
We are committed to the education sector and understand the challenges and opportunities it faces in this time of change. Whether you are considering academy conversion, transferring to a multi academy trust or expanding your mult academy trust, Hempsons are able to guide you through the process and beyond.
Helen Hirst shares her experience of advising academies on governance matters by providing her top ten questions for academy trusts to consider when reviewing their Articles.