Bradford 01274 350 800
Leeds 0113 849 4000
Huddersfield 01484 915 000


We have extensive experience in advising charities and not-for-profit organisations on a range of legal issues.

We have extensive experience in advising charities and not-for-profit organisations on a range of legal issues. Our charity law team appreciates the complexities of the regulatory regimes under which charities have to operate. We work closely with clients to offer tailored advice and support them to achieve their objectives, whilst providing value for money.

We advise regional and national clients on a variety of charitable activities including:

  • Compliance with charity law and regulation.
  • Constitutional arrangements, the structure of the governing bodies and the responsibilities and powers of the trustees or directors.
  • Forming new charitable entities and advising on the specific advantages and disadvantages on the numerous structures available, including charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), companies limited by guarantee, community interest companies and group structures.
  • Extent and limitations of their powers and how additional activities can be accommodated through corporate group structures.
  • Property, employment and commercial law issues which charities and not-for-profit organisations face.
  • Providing seminars and training for trustees and governors.
  • Commercial relationships and contractual arrangements.
  • Charitable legacies, VAT, tax matters and other financial obligations.
  • Legal requirements for funding, fundraising and investment.
  • Intellectual property and brand issues.
  • Providing company secretarial services for schools and organisations.

We are keen to maintain a long term relationship with our clients by taking the time to fully understand the objectives and ethos of the organisation. We often continue to advise and guide clients once their structure is formed in relation to governance, charity development and other day to day issues.

We are able to combine our broad expertise in other sectors to provide specialist legal advice and support packages. For further details on our wider services for charities and not-for-profit organisations, please refer to our Property, Commercial, Employment and Private Client pages.

In relation to those that require an ongoing employment support package, HELP is the fixed cost legal support service designed to cover the individual needs of your organisation. HELP provides you with expert legal advice, a review of current practices and insures against potential employee disputes for a fixed annual fee. We can also develop a package tailored to your specific needs. You set the budget, so you can be confident that there will be no unexpected charges. For further information, please visit our HELP page.

We are delighted that our charity and not-for-profit practice has been recommended in the Legal 500.

We'd love to hear from you. Please call Helen Hirst on 01274 377285.



As overall Project Manager it is vital that I had access to  professional legal advice, in particular in relation to property and contractual matters.   Schofield Sweeney staff were always available when I needed them, delivered to agreed deadlines and  took the time to explain things to me in plain English so I was always clear about what was happening and why.

Bernie Gahan, Project Manager, Leeds Mencap