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Governance and Trustees

Is your charity, non-profit or housing association looking for advice on its structure and governance issues?

Our experienced team can help you navigate the additional complexities of running an organisation in the charitable, third and social housing sectors.  Whether you are creating a new not-for-profit, need your governing document or legal structure to be reviewed and updated, are looking for advice on a trading subsidiary, or need some guidance for your trustees on their duties, our team can support you.

What type of organisations can we support?

We’ve worked with some of the largest third sector organisations and housing associations in Wales as well as small and medium-sized charitable initiatives, and our team can tailor appropriate support for you.

Different legal structures for charitable and third sector organisations

A not-for-profit organisation may be a charitable company, a charitable incorporated organisation, a community benefit society, a company limited by guarantee, or an unincorporated association. We can support any of these types of organisation or can specifically advise an organisation’s board, management committee members, chief executive or senior management team on tricky governance issues.

What types of support can we provide?

We can advise on governance issues ranging from reviewing your constitution or governing document, to guiding you on filing documents with the Charity Commission or Companies House, to providing legal support and representation during a dispute between a board of trustees and a senior management team, to delivering advice on your corporate structure, and governance legal help in general.

Advice for housing associations

We are specialists in the social housing sector and have acted for many housing associations in relation to their governance and legal needs. We know that the social housing sector faces unique challenges, regulatory requirements and risk management issues and we can provide expert advice in these areas.

Training for trustees, committees and board members

Strong and competent leadership and robust governance is essential for third sector and charitable organisations. Your leadership needs to be able to understand its governance obligations and know how to provide strategic oversight and scrutiny. We can provide corporate governance training to your trustees or board of directors, risk and audit committee, or senior management team to make sure they are well-equipped to carry out their important roles.

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