Running a charity or not-for-profit organisation is like running a business. It’s extremely rewarding but often means balancing many duties. Our charity lawyers can advise on issues like using funds correctly, asset protection and employment so you can focus on supporting your charity’s cause with a clear focus.

Many of our charity solicitors are charity trustees themselves and have hands-on experience with the legal issues that charities face. We understand that your charity’s cause is important to you so you’ll get practical advice to solve issues quickly and plan for the future.

Who Can Our Charity Solicitors Help?

We can help:

  • People who want to setup a charity
  • Trustees and senior managers who run a charity
  • Bursars, chair of governors and business managers from educational institutions
  • Individuals who are trustees and need advice on their duties.

How Can Our Charity Solicitors Help?

As a full service law firm we can help you with a range of services such as:

  • Charity Law – Using funds correctly, trustee duties, Charity Commission inquiries, and protection of charitable assets
  • Governance and good practice – advising trustees on appropriate processes and procedures
  • Commercial – Contracts and agreements, public procurement, state aid law
  • Restructuring and insolvency – advising charities in financial difficulties
  • Closing a charity – advising on the dissolution process
  • Litigation – Contract and commercial disputes, legacy disputes (where a charity receives money from a Will), and employment disputes
  • Joint working – working with other charities or organisations, including on public sector contracts
  • Mergers – Advice and representation through all stages of a merger
  • Employment and Pensions - TUPE transfers, redundancies, and pensions
  • Finance – Grant funding from government or government agencies, re-financing, and social financing
  • Real Estate – Buying or selling a property, advice on development or construction, and valuations if you’re selling land that’s owned by a charity

Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

Our charity lawyers have the expertise and experience to advise on everything from your day-to-day legal duties to one-off issues like mergers or commercial disputes. We work to understand your organisation so we can give you tailored advice that’s in your charity’s best interest.

We have an in-depth knowledge of charity law regulations. We’ll explain things in plain English so you’ll have all the information you need to make the right decisions.

We understand that your organisation may need complex legal advice, but might worry about costs. Our solicitors are transparent and up-front about what the likely costs will be, and in many instances can agree a fixed fee for the work you need.

We have offices across the country so wherever you’re based we can help. Call us today on 0370 1500 100 or contact us online.

Key Contacts

Our key contacts are all experts in their fields. Feel free to email or phone them to find out how we can help your business.

Recent Work

Sheffield City Trust

We provide ongoing advice on commercial contracts, funding, restructuring and pensions.

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

We advised on the £7m purchase of Wentworth Woodhouse, the largest private residence in the UK, using public money.

7 Hills Leisure Trust

We advise on all areas of charity law including governance, contracts and real estate.

Telford College of Arts and Technology

We advised on a merger with New College Telford which included advice on governance, trustee duties, corporate arrangements, property and complex funding arrangements.

Homeless Charity

We advised on a rescue package involving advice on trustee duties and property related issues arising from restructuring the charity.

Canal and River Trust

We advised on an acquisition of a mix of investment property assets ranging from single let units to multi-let retail parks, industrial estates and offices.


We truly value the feedback we receive from both our clients and legal accreditation societies, such as The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.


"They are very approachable and good with clients."

Chambers & Partners, 2016

Legal 500

“A good firm to have on your side.”

Legal 500, 2015

Awards & Accreditation

We're always proud to be recognised for the work we do for our clients and have been named as a leading firm in the latest legal guides - which provide information and recommendations about lawyers and law firms in the UK.

Shortlisted for Property Law Firm of the Year - Yorkshire Insider Property Industry Awards 2016 UK Chambers & Partners Leading Firm 2018 Leading Firm - Legal 500 2017 The Times Best Law Firms 2019

We Work Nationally

We have offices in major cities throughout the UK and our lawyers can arrange to visit you or your business in person if necessary. We also have international capability, with global links to other legal specialists.

Business News

Our lawyers are regularly asked to provide expert insight, advice and analysis for the national media. Take a look at the stories below to see what we’re saying, as well as some of the recent deals we have completed for our clients here in the UK and abroad.

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