Advice on Charity Law Issues

We regularly advise on the following:

Charity Formation and Registration

Setting up a charity can be a complicated process. We can advise which charity structure best suits you: company limited by guarantee, trust, association, CIC or even CIO! Registration with the Charity Commission now requires an accurate and detailed application. You can rely on our knowledge and experience to chart you through the process especially satisfying the all important public benefit test.

We are also able to help established charities modernise or amend their constitutions, develop new ventures and establish subsidiary structures, particularly trading companies.

Our fees for the formation of a charitable company limited by guarantee start at £195 plus VAT plus disbursements.

Our fees for registration with the Charity Commission start at £995 plus VAT.

Trustee issues

We can guide and advise trustees on their responsibilities and liabilities, on good governance practice, policies and structures and help trustees find a solution to their problems if their arrangements or relationships break down.

We can handle the process of appointment and removal of trustees, advise on the tricky issue of employed trustees, and the pros and cons of trustee or member driven structures

Latest News

Introducing our Charity of the Year 2014 - "The Arches Project"

Our charity for the year is “The Arches Project” which is based on Lenton Lane in Nottingham.  The Arches Project is a series of initiatives which seek to provide a place of compassion and care for those in need, providing emergency relief in the way of practical support, creating community relationships, empowering people to grow in confidence and self worth through support groups, training opportunities and the provision of furniture, clothing,... April 15th 2014 | read more


Murray Macnab has been appointed a Director of Ellis-Fermor & Negus Solicitors after joining the well-known and long-established East Midlands Solicitors’ Practice in 2011.

Murray, a former Corporate Finance Partner with Freeth Cartwright and former Chairman of the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Branch of the Institute of Directors, will head up the Corporate and Commercial Team.

The appointment follows a busy time for the Team with half a... February 12th 2014 | read more