Starting a new charity or social enterprise can be a daunting task. Every year we assist numerous organisations to establish as charities or social enterprises.
We are adept at taking clients through the process of:
- Choosing the right legal structure, whether this be a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), company limited by guarantee, charitable trust or unincorporated association. Our clear structure table sets out some of the benefits and disadvantages of the various structures.
- Putting in place appropriate constitutional documents.
- Navigating the registration process with the Charity Commission.
- Ensuring your charity is fit for purpose by providing the appropriate policies (including data protection policies) to enable you to start your journey.
Where a charitable structure may not be appropriate, our specialist charity lawyers are skilled in dealing with other forms of social enterprise such as Community Interest Companies (CIC), B-Corps and co-operatives.