Charity law and not for profit law

We know that no two charities are the same. That’s why we tailor our legal advice to your specific needs.

Understanding charity law

We know that no two charities are the same. That’s why we tailor our legal advice to your specific needs.

Recognised as one of the leading law firms advising charities in the UK, our specialist team works with hundreds of charities, ranging from household names such as the British Heart Foundation and UNICEF UK through to startups and local voluntary organisations. 

How our charity law and not for profit law solicitors can help you

Our charity law team advises across the full spectrum of governance issues, mergers and restructurings, HR and employment, fundraising, data protection, property disputes and transactions, international structures and charity regulation, including Charity Commission investigations.

We can help you with:

  • setting up a new charity
  • negotiating a lease, employment or contractual agreements
  • facilitating mergers
  • fundraising campaigns
  • service delivery contracts
  • charity litigation
Charitable giving and foundations

Charitable giving and foundations

We assist individuals and organisations in aligning their charitable giving with their values to positively impact the world, whether through establishing...

Charity litigation

Charity litigation

Our charity solicitors work in collaboration with teams across the firm to resolve any difficulties arising throughout or at the end of a charity's life...

Setting up a charity and registration

Setting up a charity and registration

Our charity solicitors are proud to help people create change in the world. There can be a lot to consider when setting up a new charity and...

Approachable, highly intelligent, efficient, and coordinated…informed by deep industry insight with a knack for finding resolution on even the most nuanced legal issue.
The Legal 500 (2024)

Our approach

A more thoughtful and holistic approach to charity law

Our technical expertise is widely recognised. We advise charities with unusual governance structures, including charities governed by Acts of Parliament, and charities with complicated group structures.

We believe in a more thoughtful and holistic approach to law, with our team of governance, commercial, property and employment lawyers working together to provide a comprehensive service to our clients.

Charity employment law

Employment law and HR for charities

The charity and social business team's employment specialists provide solutions to help you manage your workforce, from advice on contracts and...

Governance and commercial

Charity governance and commercial

All charities need an up-to-date constitution and governance policies to enable trustees to manage their charity effectively and stay...

Legacy and will disputes for charities

Legacy and will disputes for charities

In the area of legacy disputes (or contentious probate), we regularly deal with situations where a charity is a beneficiary of a will but...

Get in touch

If you would like to speak with a member of the team you can contact our charity law solicitors by email, by telephone on +44 (0)20 3826 7510 or complete our enquiry form.

Charity law is a complex and specialist area of law and we always felt we were in safe hands.
Charity law client

Get to know our charity law and not for profit law team

Meet our dedicated charity law and not for profit law team, committed to providing expert guidance and support for your legal needs.


The team provide efficient responses, are always available and are extremely professional.
Chambers UK (2024)

Related insights

The latest news and insights from our charity law non profit team

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16.05.2024

Property provisions in the Charities Act 2022

The journey to an amended Charities Act, which began with Lord Hodgson’s review of the 2006 Act published back in 2012, is now essentially complete...
Andrew Small, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, charity law non profit team.
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09.05.2024

Is your charity or trading subsidiary prepared for the significant shifts in company law?

The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 (“ECCTA”) is making some important changes to company law...
Rebecca Cumming, Associate in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, charity law and not for profit team. Hebe Robinson, Trainee in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, dispute resolution team.
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Rebecca Cumming, Hebe Robinson

Acquiring property—legal and practical know-how to save you money for a sustainable future

For this discussion, the panel of speakers will share their thoughts, tips and mistakes to avoid when acquiring property for your charity.
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