Charities and not-for-profit organisations must navigate wide legal issues in an increasingly challenging and international environment

Osborne Clarke's Charities team provides a one-stop shop for charities, non-profit organisations and philanthropists, advising not only on charity law but also covering all the areas on which a charity will need advice – from advertising to tax and everything in between. The Charities team advise on a broad range of specialist areas, from set-up and registration, through to advice on taxation of donations, trading, VAT (and its equivalent in other jurisdictions), employment, advertising and data protection.

The Charities team understand the full range of issues which are faced by a wide range of not-for-profit organisations - from private family grant making charities through to large global names - and so are able to deliver solutions to them. The Charities team have helped individuals and groups to launch numerous charities from simple grant-making trusts to active charities in sectors including education, social mobility, human rights and the preservation of historical buildings.

Working with colleagues across Osborne Clarke the Charities team can provide specialist tax advice, help you buy or rent offices, make investments, draft grant and gift aid documentation, handle employment issues and generally ensure you comply with the ever-expanding set of rules and regulations. Well-established charities may be incorporating, merging or entering joint ventures to provide their services in a new way and Osborne Clarke's pensions team can help those with significant pension liabilities or those looking to centralise the pension function.

The Charities team advise philanthropists and non-profit organisations from all over the world who are looking to base their organisation in a stable, well regulated environment or expand their activities into another jurisdiction. Its clients are both domestic and international and include family foundations, corporate charities and household names.

The Charities team understand the full range of issues which are faced by a wide range of not-for-profit organisations and so are able to deliver solutions to them."


Family foundation

Founding and funding a new charitable incorporated organisation as a grant-making foundation.

Joint venture

Forming and registering a new English charity as a joint venture between two of the largest UK charities to preserve and redevelop a historical building.

UK fundraising

Advising an Australian university in relation to its English subsidiary established to collect donations from its UK-based alumni.

Governance and merger

Advising the board of a large education charity in relation to a move to a unified board, the continued remuneration of the CEO and a proposed merger.

Grants and data

Supporting a large social mobility charity with the establishment of matched funding arrangements, negotiating grant agreements and GDPR issues.


Advising a national religious charity with substantial pension deficits on its restructuring options, both internally and in relation to a subsidiary.

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