We understand that legal issues crop up throughout the lifespan of your organisation and projects. Sometimes these are related to changes in the law, and other times they are related to taking on greater responsibility and risk and therefore needing to improve processes (like GDPR).
- We are pleased to have partners through the Programme in LawWorks and TrustLaw.
- Each offer a not-for-profits programme for legal advice. The criteria is listed below:
- LawWorks: You must be a not-for-profit; unable to afford legal advice (usually a turnover of less than £500,000); with beneficiaries predominantly being vulnerable or disadvantaged groups. They support in intellectual property, employment, property, tax, commercial/contract, insurance, insolvency, data protection, defamation, company law and amending or updating existing articles.
- TrustLaw: You must be a NGO or social enterprise (that is incorporated) addressing social, humanitarian or environmental challenges; non-discriminatory, apolitical and non-proselytizing; if profit-making, must reinvest min. 51% of profits into furthering social mission; and can demonstrate financial sustainability for next 12 month period. They support in all areas of law.
- Please see more about these programmes, and their application processes, at the links above.
- LawWorks provides legal assistance and legal advice for non-profits; alongside free webinars, assistance with charity registration and the opportunity to apply for free legal assistance from a volunteer solicitor.
- TrustLaw (by Thomson Reuters Foundation) has 'how to' guides for Legal Health Checks for NGOs and Social Enterprises and more; as well as webinars on governance, employment, contracts and other relevant topics.
- Bates Wells set up a helpline, which allows for free 30 minute calls, this year to assist charities dealing with the crisis.
- Slaughter and May have Legal masterclasses for charities; as well as a toolkit for use online.
- Advocates 4 International Development have resources on many common legal issues such as GDPR, competition law, copyright and more.