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Sectors

Charities and Communities

Tailored practical and technical legal advice enables trustees to securely operate charities and other not for profit organisations effectively.

Each charity is different – some have trustees or employees with relevant professional skills; others do not. We provide the level of support which the charity needs rather than adopting a one size fits all approach.

Charities are established to meet a very wide range of needs: poverty; ill-health, education; religion; amateur sports; community development; arts; science and heritage; need arising from youth, age or disability; environmental issues; racial harmony; equality and diversity; armed forces; police, fire and rescue and life-saving services; and animal welfare.

They are run by people who are passionate about meeting those needs. We work alongside charity trustees to help the charity fulfil its objectives as effectively as possible.

We have extensive experience in the sector and are able to provide a full range of legal services to charities.

Legal 500 recommendation: Our charities team is described as “courteous and knowledgeable” and “quietly goes about its business, letting their work do the talking, all while giving clients the confidence they need”.

We can help with:

Governance and regulation
Contested legacies
Legacy administration and management
Charity Giving / Legacy
Charity disputes
Commercial
Corporate
Commercial property
Employment

Download our Legacies service brochure here
Download our Setting up a new Charity guide here

14/06/2021

Removing some of the barnacles

The new Charities Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech on 11 May 2021, has already started to make its way through Parliament. It is the result of a detailed review of technical issues in charity law which prompted Lord Hodgson, who undertook the review, to comment :- “I found that charities faced a number of…

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Jenny Smith
Head of Charities and Communities

Jenny is Thursfields’ Head of Charities and Communities, having previously worked at Anthony Collins Solicitors in Birmingham and for the Law Society in Redditch. She is recognised in the Legal 500 2020 edition as one of three  leading individuals acting for charities and not for profit clients in the area. Feedback received from clients and…

Team

Katherine Ellis

Senior Associate Solicitor, Charities and Communities

Philip Chapman

Director, Corporate & Commercial

Stewart Coles

Associate Director, Commercial Property

James Monk

Associate Director, Employment & HR Law

Helena Morrissey

Director, Employment & HR Law

Ian Bond

Head of Wills & Estates

Contact

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case study

Worcester Baptist Church

Worcester Baptist Church (“the Church”)  is one of the oldest Baptist Churches in the area.  It was founded in 1658 during the reign of Oliver Cromwell when 18 men and 21 women came together and appointed a pastor to lead them.  In 1864 the Church moved to its current building in Sansome Walk. Jenny Smith…

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Erlestoke Manor Fund – Full Steam Ahead

Erlestoke Manor Fund (“EMF”) was established in 1965 to rescue the locomotives Erlestoke Manor and Bradley Manor.  The legal structure of EMF meant that the trustees (and potentially the members) could be responsible personally for making payments.  We advised on changes to the legal structure to protect the trustees and members. David Kilner,  Secretary and…

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