Turn on the TV news and it’s easy to see why the work of charities is now more essential than ever. These are difficult times economically, so it’s harder to bring in donations, and prioritise spending. Not to mention the unprecedented level of scrutiny and compliance under which charities now operate.

Lightening the legal load

We understand the situation, not least because we’ve had so much experience in this field. Our approach is to take a holistic view of the issues you face. Your obligations, liabilities, operational issues and strategic plans – and the legal aspects of all of these.

Our advice is plain. Our expertise is anything but

We don’t believe in being ‘too technical’, using clear and concise language, our expert team can advise you on:

  • complying with charity law requirements
  • setting up or winding down a charity
  • duties of trustees
  • employment and volunteer issues
  • legacies and endowments
  • dealing with the Charity Commission
  • governance including reviewing and updating of governing documents

We’re proud to have acted for many leading charities across the South West and further afield, including Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, Gaia Trust, Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust, Cool Earth Action and Cornwall Animal Hospital.

Two of our experts are Members of the Charity Law Association, and our team is independently ranked as one of the best in Cornwall and Devon.

Our recent experience includes:

  • advising Gaia Trust conservation charity on its merger with Yarner Trust
  • helping set up a new charity to further the work of a local community partnership group
  • assisting with strategic reviews of a number of charities’ governing documents and policies to ensure they are fit for purpose
  • advising a learning alliance affiliated pre-school on the transfer of its activities and assets to a new charitable incorporated charity – the first such transfer in the country
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“We really value the relationship we have with Stephens Scown. We know we can discuss any issue with them. They understand us as a charity and what we are trying to do. They tailor their advice accordingly, rather than just looking at the legal issues in isolation.”

 Paula Martin.  Chief Executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance

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