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Charity constitutions

Most charities have traditionally relied on one of two constitutional structures: a charitable trust or a limited company. However, trusts do not offer much in the way of personal protection to trustees and limited companies, which were never designed to be charities, have increased regulatory burdens.

Everys charity solicitors understand the difficulties unincorporated charities have in recruiting trustees and these difficulties may soon be resolved with a new structure, known as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. The aim is to have a purpose-built charity structure which combines limited liability for the trustees with a simplified regulatory regime.

There are also other bodies available such as Community Amateur Sports Clubs or industrial and provident societies. Each structure has its own administrative and regulatory advantages and disadvantages. Everys charity lawyers advise clients on the various options for their constitutional position.

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