Charity law and non profit

International charities and not for profit

International charities and not for profit

How our international charities and not for profit solicitors can help you

Expert guidance and support from trusted international charity law solicitors

Our charity law and not for profit team specialises in advising charities and other not-for-profit organisations that work internationally. 

We work with UK-based organisations that have activities in another country and overseas organisations with a presence in the UK, or wish to establish a presence here. We have practical experience too; several members of our team are trustees of international development charities.

The areas we advise on include:

  • establishing a branch or a charity in the UK (which may be a subsidiary)
  • transferring operations to another country
  • structuring international groups, federations and associations
  • contracting and funding arrangements internationally
  • tax treatment for UK charities and their donors
  • the Bribery Act 2010 and its implications for organisations with a connection to the UK
  • appropriate governance arrangements where a UK charity has an overseas parent organisation
  • arrangements for staff and volunteers working abroad

Our expertise

Examples of our international work include:

  • establishing a charity elsewhere in the EU because of concerns about losing EU funding as a result of Brexit
  • advising UNICEF on a collaboration agreement with its national charities
  • relocation of charities to and from the UK
  • supporting the International Water Association with their UK governance and their international operating structure
  • working on contracts between Voluntary Service Overseas and the Department for International Development
  • participating in multinational collaborations and arrangements for service delivery, including for Plan International UK
  • the implications of staff recruited in the UK working in other countries and staff from other countries working in the UK
  • on-going work for international federations, including Hostelling International, Consumers International and United World Colleges
  • helping Movember to establish an international presence in the UK
  • assisting an international federation of health organisations with its relocation from London to Switzerland
  • advising on the merger between Plan International and Interact
  • establishing the World Dementia Council as a UK Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and assisting the Associated Country Women of the World with incorporation

Charging information

Transparent and flexible charging solutions for international charities and not for profit matters

Charges are usually based on hourly rates plus administrative charges and disbursements but we are flexible with regard to charging rates and will discuss with you budgets for work on a particular matter, or, where it is not entirely clear how things will develop, for the initial stages or a particular stage of a matter.  We will always provide you with an initial estimate of your likely legal costs and will update this as your requirements or the circumstances of the work change.

In circumstances where we can more or less either anticipate the work to be done or prescribe the work, we can act on a fixed or capped fee basis.

We would be pleased to discuss your requirements free of charge and tailor a costs proposal accordingly.

It is fundamental to our policy on allocating work that one of the factors we will consider is the likely cost outcome of using particular solicitors for particular pieces of work. Whilst almost invariably a partner will be able to carry out work more quickly than a less experienced solicitor, a less experienced solicitor under appropriate supervision may be able to produce a more cost effective result.  Partner input is more likely to be appropriate and cost-effective in more complex or more specialised matters.

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.

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