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Public Sector & Charities

Today there is renewed reliance on the voluntary sector to provide a broad range of community services and facilities. Government is encouraging alliances between public and private sectors involving non-profit making organisations which may be registered charities.

We provide tax and charity law advice to national charities, housing associations, universities, NHS and local authority related trusts, government departments, private charitable trusts, and other not for profit bodies, on:

  • The creation of structures involving registered charities and other "not for profit" organisations including partnerships between the public and voluntary sectors
  • Trading issues, together with questions of funding and taxation
  • Exploitation of intellectual property rights created and owned by such organisations
  • VAT planning
  • The amalgamation and reconstruction of organisations which have outlived or outgrown their original constitutions

Recent experience:

  • Advising a University on funding arrangements and the charity law aspects of derivative products.
  • Advising a China based international business school on establishing in London, incluing advice on establishing a charity and the overall structure including tax and VAT advice.
  • Advising a Local Authority on the transfer of its museums and arts activities to a newly established registered charity – including property and employment law advice.
  • Advising a charity on its merger with another charity including transfer agreement, novation and winding up.  The advice also included technical advice on protection for the charity from any potential VAT.
  • Advising on a major development involving a Regional Development Agency, a University and the Local Authority – the structure included establishing a new charity with the joint venture vehicles.