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I offer a bespoke legal structures design service to the not-for-profit, charitable and social enterprise sectors in England, Scotland and Wales. This involves designing a unique, tailor-made legal vehicle for each client group and taking them through the process of getting this structure properly registered with the minimum of work and hassle. The service involves:

  • informing myself about the group’s specific requirements via one of my ‘constitutional templates’

  • drafting a governing document (in plain English) that combines the group’s requirements with the relevant bits of law

  • annotating this document fully so the group knows exactly what is in it, and why, and what the implications are

  • preparing all the forms and documents necessary for adopting the governing document and registering it with the necessary regulator(s) – typically Companies House, the Charity Commission or OSCR.

I communicate with the group all though the process, so they own the structure and understand just what they have established.

I can design structures for any of the legal forms available for use in our sector, including:

  • Company limited by guarantee

  • Charitable company

  • Community Interest Company

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation

  • Co-operative or community benefit society

  • Unincorporated association

  • Company limited by shares

  • Public limited company

  • European Economic Interest Grouping

In terms of organisational identity, I can design structures that are suitable for:

  • Social enterprises

  • Charities

  • Community organisations

  • Not-for-profits

  • Co-operatives / mutuals

  • Social firms

  • Trading subsidiaries

  • Development trusts

......etc.

INCORPORATING

Where an existing organisation, charitable or not, wishes to incorporate, I can handle all the paperwork and guide them through the process of transferring assets and activities.

AMENDMENTS

If an existing organisation wishes to alter, update or improve its governing document, I can advise on the options and prepare all the documentation for passing the necessary resolutions and filing these with the appropriate regulators.

CONVERSIONS

If an existing organisation wishes to change its legal status from one thing to another, again I can advise on the options and prepare all the documentation for passing the necessary resolutions and filing these with the appropriate regulators.

CHARGES

Wherever possible I give a fixed, fully-inclusive quote so that the group knows exactly what they are committing themselves to. Sometimes I have to give an estimate which is ‘from/to’ but I always try to keep within this range, and it is rare that I end up invoicing for the maximum estimated.

INTERESTED?

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Initial discussions are without charge or obligation and fully confidential.