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Welcome to Charities and social enterprise

At Ward Hadaway, we believe that charities and social enterprises deserve the best legal advice possible.

Our specialist charities and social enterprise team provides instant access to a wealth of experience on issues right across the sector and gives these organisations a committed and considerable ally.

Our expert advisers help organisations fulfil their obligations while opening up potential paths to progress.

The team has a strong track record of advising charitable and social enterprise organisations on the full range of issues which they face.

Members of the team have worked for charities, as well as advising them, so we have a genuine insight into how things really operate on the ground.

The team also works closely with specialist lawyers from other departments at Ward Hadaway, giving our charity clients a seamless service which takes in everything from employment and education to commercial, pensions and property issues.

Our services include advice on:

  • Bespoke training for boards of trustees or directors
  • Collaborative working and consortia
  • Formation or incorporation
  • Fundraising and funding
  • Governance, roles and responsibilities of trustees and / or directors
  • Grant making
  • Liaising with Charity Commission and other Regulators
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Restructuring or reviewing governing documents and group structures
  • Service level agreements
  • Employment and HR support

For focused technical and practical advice, please get in touch.

Independent Verdict

  • "Ward Hadaway ‘provides timely and appropriate legal advice, delivered in a professional yet warm and approachable manner, irrespective of the value of work involved’."

    Legal 500

  • “They are responsive and work well as a team – the mix of skills was productive.”

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners

  • "Key charities practitioner Fiona Wharton of Ward Hadaway has considerable experience advising charities, their trading subsidiaries and social enterprises on all manner of charity-related issues, including restructurings, mergers, fund-raising and governance. One client remarks that Fiona is also adept at 'translating legal jargon into an easy-to-read format'."

    Chambers & Partners

  • "It would be difficult to better the knowledge that the team has and the fees that it charges."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners

  • “Ward Hadaway… is ‘extremely knowledgeable and good value for money’.”

    Legal 500

Charities and social enterprise News and Events

“Whose inheritance is it anyway?”

posted: 28 July, 2015

Many people have been scratching their heads about an Appeal Court ruling made yesterday, awarding an estranged daughter a portion of her mother's estate despite clear instructions in the mother's will to the contrary.

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Charities and social enterprise briefings, observation and comment

Government presses on with its Apprenticeship Levy plans

posted: October, 2016

In line with its commitment to implement new apprenticeship arrangements from next May, a raft of documentation was published on 25 October 2016 on GOV.UK. Publications from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) set out in considerable detail how levy and apprenticeship training will interact as the Government looks to drive up both quality and quantity in apprenticeships.

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