Charities

Whether you are an existing charity, or are looking for advice on setting up a charity, we have the specialist legal knowledge to support you. We work with a number of charities from small community-based groups, to large national organisations.

We understand the complexities that charities face in relation to governance and regulation (both from the Charity Commission and/or Companies House) and provide you with the commercially focused legal advice and support that you need as a not-for-profit organisation.

Our services

We can help you with:

  • Charity law and legislative requirements
  • Charitable incorporations & advice on the best structure (charitable trust? a charitable company limited by guarantee? a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)?)
  • Drafting governing documents, including articles of association and bye-laws
  • Corporate governance, including advice on trustees’obligations and potential liabilities
  • Regulatory issues
  • Property issues including leases and llicences

Many of our partners and solicitors are trustees of, or are involved with, charities and other community organisations. This provides us with a depth of understanding to ensure we can deliver you with advice and solutions with the empathy required.

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Commercial Property

Our commercial property solicitors can provide you with advice on all types of property transactions, including the sale and purchase of commercial property, planning agreements, residential developments, commercial and industrial developments, options, leases and licences.

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Corporate and Commercial

Our team of specialist corporate and commercial solicitors work closely with you to achieve your commercial goals. We take a practical approach to business and understanding your business needs. Our expert corporate lawyers not only know the law, but also draw upon their experience to provide you with effective solutions to any given situation. Our team is flexible and has the resources to manage all sizes of transactions and matters for small to medium sized (SME) organisations, as well as large multi-national companies.

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Employment Law & HR Advice

We advise businesses of all sizes, including national businesses who are based in our immediate area and beyond. Our team of expert lawyers have over 50 years' experience in dealing with employment matters and are committed to providing cost effective advice.

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Social Housing

Advice to Registered Social Landlords, Arms Length Management Organisations and Housing Associations Over the last ten years Wilkin Chapman LLP has considerably developed it’s housing practice advising Registered Social Landlord’s (“RSLs”), Arms Length management Organisations (“ALMOs”) and Housing Associations.

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Wills, Estates, Tax & Trusts

One of the certainties of life is that it changes and you can never be sure of what the future holds. However, you can take steps to plan for a deal with the changes that life may bring along the way. Our team of expert lawyers have been helping and advising clients how to best plan for their future for over 25 years and provide advice on all aspects of wills, trusts, inheritance tax and probate.

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