Lawyers with valuable charity experience

Royds Withy King’s Charities Team draws together lawyers specialising in a range of disciplines including commercial, trusts and estates, employment, property and dispute resolution. This collaboration and experience means we understand each of our charity clients’ needs and we provide them with effective, practical and comprehensive support to build a lasting relationship.

We have particular expertise in advising educational charities (including Rudolf Steiner based charities), and religious, medical, scientific and arts charities. Royds Withy King is also highly experienced in dealing with charity mergers and charity retail outlets.

As well as acting for all kinds of UK registered charities we advise a variety of not-for-profit organisations such as voluntary bodies, building and heritage preservation societies, museums and art galleries, educational facilities, individual and family donors and social enterprises.

We also act for third sector organisations which specialise in providing residential and community-based services for vulnerable children and adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues, and have built up an in-depth understanding of the particular nature of these organisations, and the specialist issues which they experience.

Royds Withy King is a member of the Charity Law Association.

A selection of our services for charities:

  • Charity formation, including the requirements to achieve charitable status and the appropriate legal structure for your circumstances (for example charitable trust, foundation, unincorporated organisation, charitable company limited by guarantee, charitable incorporated organisation);
  • Preparation of governing instruments and registration with the Charity Commission and other regulators;
  • Property transactions and property issues for charities, with regard to the additional duties placed upon charity trustees when dealing with land;
  • Charity mergers, takeovers and other commercial arrangements;
  • Governance and regulatory issues, including the powers, duties and liabilities of charity trustees;
  • Modernisation of constitutional documents;
  • Employment and Human Resources;
  • Trading subsidiaries and activities;
  • Intellectual Property issues;
  • Trusts, estates, gifts and Wills;
  • Dispute Resolution for charities, including contractual issues and disputed legacies;
  • All aspects of Pensions.


Jacqui Lazare was asked to do a short interview explaining the main points of the controversial New Charities Act, which recently came into effect. She  specifically discusses the impact of the new rules regarding automatic disqualification of trustees and warning powers. The Act also covers new rules regarding fundraising and social investment.

Contact us now to find out how our lawyers can help to keep you and your business ahead of the curve.

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