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.

What our clients say

"They take the time to really get to know the organisation; they offer proactive as well as reactive advice and support, they are incredibly knowledgeable and reliable, the quality of their work is exceptional and they always think things through from all angles."

Chambers - 2019

What our clients say

Many interviewees are quick to laud the insight the firm offers, with one praising the team's "expertise and in-depth knowledge of the charity sector," as well as its "solution-orientated and pragmatic approach."

Chambers - 2019

What our clients say

"The team is lauded for its ‘well-presented advice’ and for the fact that there are ‘sufficient subject matter experts on hand to be able to tackle a wide range of questions’."

Legal 500 -  2019

What our clients say

"They were incredibly impressive - they have very practical experience in terms of having done it before, and a good understanding of best practice."

Client feedback in Chambers 2016

What our clients say

“Stone King's overriding value is the care and the support of their clients. They are fully aware of our needs and ensure that they maintain excellent service.”

Client feedback in Chambers 2017

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