Charities & Social Enterprise

Charity. It’s actually a subject that’s as close to our heart as making sure our clients always get the right outcome. So while our national reputation has certainly played a significant role in helping us build the North East’s largest Charities Team, so too have our beliefs in altruism and our hands-on approach to helping others.

We’re proud to say that charities and social enterprise are an integral part of our business, which is why we have the largest Charities Team of specialist charity lawyers in the region. In fact our clients’ activities cover the full range of charitable purposes, including:

  • education and research;
  • sports and recreation;
  • arts and heritage;
  • social housing;
  • health and social care;
  • religion;
  • animal welfare; and
  • the environment.

So, as you might expect, our expertise encompasses the entire spectrum of legal issues affecting charities and the third sector – registering new charities, trustee duties, governance, grants and contracts, fundraising, charitable and non-charitable trading as well as employment, real estate, construction and dispute resolution – enabling us to handle legal issues of just about any kind.

As well as helping charities, we increasingly advise community interest companies, co-operatives and other forms of social enterprise. We also have growing expertise in social finance and investment. Indeed, we were involved in setting up some of the first community interest companies in the region – an achievement we are all proud of.

John Devine

Key Contact

John Devine

Partner and Head of the Charities Team

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