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Setting up an organisation

The most important decision you will ever make in relation to your organisation is the decision to set it up. The next most important decision you make will be the legal structure you decide to adopt. There are a number of options to choose from:

  • A charity can be a trust, an unincorporated association, a company limited by guarantee, a community benefit society (formerly an industrial and provident society) or a charitable incorporated organisation
  • A club might be a company or an unincorporated organisation or might want to adopt provisions that mean it can register as a Community Amateur Sports Club

Choose the right one and you will have the freedom to pursue all your aims and objectives; choose the wrong one and you will find yourself restricted in all sorts of unintended ways.

We can advise you on the legal structure that’s right for your organisation and draft its governing document. We can also advise on charitable status and, if you decide to take that route, we can draft your objects and handle the negotiation and registration with the Charity Commission and HMRC.

Our charity team supports organisations throughout the third sector. Our recent work includes:

  • The registration of a community interest company to provide social housing
  • The registration of a charity to acquire and run a youth hostel
  • Advice on establishing a community land trust
  • The registration of a charity to reduce domestic violence
  • Setting up a community interest company to provide a service complementary to the charity’s objects
  • The incorporation of an industrial and provident society to run a community leisure facility

Charities & Social Enterprise Team

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