Charities

Drawing on the firm's 160 years' experience in advising charities, social enterprise and not-for-profit organisations, the charity lawyers  are renowned for their provision of practical, sound legal advice and solutions-driven approach. They also provide advice to a range of other bodies such as livery companies and those dealing with heritage and the arts.

Demonstrating keen commercial awareness and continual engagement with the latest legislative and regulatory developments affecting the sector, we use our specialist knowledge, expertise and experience to provide a full range of legal services to our clients. All our charity lawyers are active members of the Charity Law Association and will sit on the working parties and consultations convened by that body to address specific issues and questions as they arise, to both lend their expertise and to develop a greater understanding of the application of the law in practice, the benefit of which we then pass on to our clients in the work we do.

We have strong links with the Charity Commission and Privy Council Office and run in-house seminars and workshops throughout the year examining the latest challenges and opportunities posed by the rapidly changing legal landscape in this area.  We act for charities and institutions in many areas, including:

  • education
  • environment
  • grant-making
  • heritage and arts
  • medical
  • public sector services
  • recreation and sports
  • regeneration
  • religion
  • science and research
  • welfare, aid and the relief of poverty
  • animal welfare
  • community development

Lee Bolton Monier-Williams has developed a particularly strong reputation as a leading advisor to faith-based charities and institutions. We represent Christian denominations (including Church of England, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist and the independent and evangelical churches) and organisations connected to Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faiths, amongst others. Our skilled and sensitive team recognises the need to provide advice that is sympathetic to each particular religious context and ethos and we understand the application of various religious doctrines and rules.

Our approachable and highly capable team offers expert advice and guidance on the following areas: