An ongoing drive to raise standards has led to further regulation and scrutiny. Ian Allsop asks law firms about the big issues of the past year.

Civil Society organisations are having to deal with more and more legal issues, given ever-growing regulation and a chronically uncertain external environment. This means they have to rely on pragmatic, robust, timely - and affordable - advice from legal experts. So what do firms in the charity sector consider to have been the main legal challenges for their charity clients over the last 12 months? 

Partner Andrew Small appears in Charity Finance commenting: "We recently became aware of a charity bidding for a contract where there was a side letter stating that the funding would be withdrawn in the event of a no-deal Brexit. What Brexit may mean for the state aid, public procurement and VAT - all areas that impact significantly on some parts of the charity sector - remains considerably uncertain." 

Andrew is a partner in the charity and social business team specialising in property issues. Andrew has spent his entire career advising charities, and other third sector bodies on their property issues and requirements, including sales, leases, management issues and developments. He has particular experience on property issues arising from charity mergers and incorporations, as well as being an expert on property issues for schools.