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Mergers, reconstruction and collaborative working

Sometimes, to achieve better outcomes you need to change your charity’s structure or relationship with other organisations. When that happens, we are here to help.

Mergers and collaborative working

Whether you want to draw up an informal memorandum of understanding so you can work more closely with a partner or undertake a full merger, when you’re looking at changing your relationship with another organisation, there will always be legal concerns. Our charity law team can advise you from the very early stages when you’re looking at the planned outcomes, the due diligence and the cultural match to drawing up the legal documentation that meets your needs.


We can also help you if your current legal form no longer fits your organisation. This might be because you want to provide limited liability for your trustees, need to update your governing documents or want to change your legal structure so you can have better governance. When you need advice or support, we have the expertise you need.

Our work in these areas includes:

  • The merger of the national governing bodies of two related sports
  • Establishing joint venture companies to enable consortia of charities to bid for local healthwatch contracts
  • The re-structuring of an unincorporated charity providing care homes into a grant making charity for the relief of elderly people established as a CIO
  • Acting for a new charity for the care of people with a learning disability on its de-merger from a larger charity
  • The incorporation of a sports club
  • The conversion of an industrial and provident society to a company limited by guarantee

The Charities & Social Enterprise Team

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