International Aid

We have extensive expertise in advising and assisting international aid organisations and charities. With an understanding of the challenging environment in which international aid charities operate, we provide a full range of legal advice to small, medium and very large global organisations.

We understand the regulatory demands international aid organisations face as well as issues which arise due to working in conflict zones, areas of extreme humanitarian need and political turmoil. Legal advice must be delivered in quick reaction to changing events and to trustees or employees under pressure. Our charity lawyers are trusted advisors to many charities and are on hand to guide clients through any issues that they may face.

Thanks to our membership of MSI Global Alliance we have lawyers and accountants in nearly every country in the world who we can bring in alongside us at short notice to address any particular issues outside this jurisdiction.

We advise on setting up international offices and work with local advisors to ensure that these offices are compliant with local laws and policies & procedures are aligned with UK regulatory framework and organisation remains complaint with its regulatory obligations and best practice.   

We advise, among other things on: -

  • Setting up and registering with the Charity Commission.
  • Choosing and preparing the appropriate governing document.
  • Preparing policies and procedures for working in conflict zones.
  •  Advising and preparing funding and partnership agreements.
  •  Undertaking due diligence on partner organisations.
  • Mergers
  • Opening and operating offices internationally
  • Restructuring including advising on federal and group structures
  • Crisis management/Serious Incident Reporting
  • Audit and risk management
  • Employing and managing staff and volunteers
  • Employment investigations and disputes
  • Governance advice and assistance
  • Commercial contracts and disputes
  • Brand/IP protection
  • GDPR/International data sharing