Charity - it's a serious business

Wilson Browne

1st April 2018


Wilson Browne

WILSON Browne are committed to the local community and works with a number of local charities and good causes. The firm has previously supported Crazy Hats with pro bono work (without charge to the client) by drawing up terms and conditions for a holiday home for those currently undergoing breast cancer treatment and needing a well-deserved rest. In 2017 the firm raised a large sum of money for a Northamptonshire charity for the homeless and this year the employees are supporting Cransley Hospice, participating in their Bubble Rush in May.

The list of good causes that the firm support is lengthy but to give a few examples:

* The Pride In Northamptonshire Awards

* Northampton Trustee Fund

* Sponsor a classroom in Penyem, Gambia to help provide an education for under-privileged children

* Supporting employees such as Jamie Christie who completed the Swedish Salomon 27k, in aid of the air ambulance

* Regular, smaller donations to all manner of good causes, such as Max's

Marvellous Challenge

* Donating money to help a village church replace a stained glass window,

smashed during a burglary

* Jeans for Genes, Wear it, Pink and Movember, Sport Relief....and more.

As well as financially supporting a diverse range of charities, the firm also provides support on a professional basis for a large number of registered charities. This includes those with almshouses or commercial properties which are rented-out.

Wilson Browne has represented charities for many, many years and continues to provide an outstanding service focusing on the individual requirements of each charity and the Trustees. There is additionally a team experienced in charity law, and an experienced Commercial Department to deal with the setting up of Charitable Incorporated Organisation and all types of charities, whether large or small. Given the changes in the charity law and more complex tax, investment and trustee liabilities it is imperative to receive the correct advice when setting up or running a charity.

Wilson Browne Solicitors undertake every aspect of administration on behalf of the charity trustees which includes attending meetings, taking minutes, registrations of annual returns with the Charity Commission,and even helping to organise and attend Christmas parties with elderly or vulnerable almshouse residents.

The firm currently works with small church charities helping local people in the local parish up to large charities such as Northampton Municipal Church Charity, a charity established since the 15th Century in the Borough of Northampton. The administration process to run a large charity which has commercial properties, regular grant awards, residents in almshouses, investments, insurances, and employees is immense and Wilson Browne prides itself on being 100 per cent organised, reliable, discreet and sympathetic.

All said and done, in today's age a charity is not dissimilar to a business - it needs people/employees, premises to work from (and it possibly has a property portfolio), there may be contracts and agreements with suppliers: in short charities need legal advice from people familiar with the charity sector and with running a business...that's why the firm has a dedicated team.

To find out more about the charity team visit the website or call 0800 088 6004.

Wilson Browne