Charities and Not for Profit Enterprises

Charities need legal assistance in the same way as all businesses, but it makes a difference if that legal advice can come from experienced and knowledgeable lawyers who understand the charity sector and its unique differences and benefits.

Our charity lawyers have a strong track record and wealth of experience in assisting charities and not for profit organisations in a wide range of matters including governance, regulation, risk management, constitutional and operational maters.

We provide advice to charities and not for profit organisations ranging from small or newly formed organisations through to large organisations and national and international charities. We also have experience in advising a wide range of different structures, including companies, Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs), Trusts, Royal Chartered bodies and organisations created by statute, Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Community Interest Companies.

We get to know our clients and their drivers and priorities and provide pragmatic and user-friendly advice tailored to their specific needs and requirements. We work with a cross disciplinary team of charity experts to provide our clients with the knowledge and comfort that the advice they receive is personalised and appropriate for their purposes.

Examples of some of the types of work we undertake are detailed below. If you have any queries relating to charities or not for profit organisation please do get in touch with a member of the team and we would be very happy to discuss how we may be able to assist.

  • Governance and regulation
  • Charity formation and incorporations
  • Charity risk management
  • Compliance
  • Trading, fundraising, commercial arrangements, mergers and collaborations
  • IT and Technology
  • Charity Property
  • Data protection


We are also experienced in delivering training to trustees and senior management teams. We can provide trustee induction and refresher training for new trustees and/or trustees who want a reminder of their key duties, as well as specific tailored training on a variety of topics for trustee boards and/or senior management teams.

If you have any training requirements please get in touch with a member of our team who would be happy to discuss your needs and how we may be able to help.

Wider charities practice

Our wider charities practice means that we have charity experts in other different teams which enables us to advise charities on a wide spectrum of legal matters with the knowledge and understanding of a charity’s specific legal needs. This includes additional statutory obligations imposed by the Charities Act and Charity Commission guidance and obligations. Examples of some of the other areas we can assist include:

  • Employment law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Health and Safety regulation
  • Charity legacies, administration and disputed legacies
  • Contested probate
  • Charitable lending
  • Disputes and commercial litigation
  • Agricultural and estate planning
  • Licensing
  • Commercial Debt Recovery
  • Restructuring and Insolvency

We have offices in Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole, Salisbury, Winchester and London. To get in touch with one of our specialist charity lawyers please give us a call or contact us using our enquiry form and we will be happy to help.


‘Kirsteen Hook has been fantastically helpful, clear and has detailed knowledge and experience. Other firms have generalists who dabble; Kirsteen is an acknowledged specialist and extremely good at it’. – Legal 500 2023

‘Kirsteen Hook provides helpful and timely advice and I have recommended her to others before and would do so again. Thanks!’ – Legal 500 2023

‘Kirsteen Hook has a strong track record of work with not-for-profits’ – Legal 500 2022

Kirsteen Hook gives excellent support. She understood our particular structure, ethos and therefore requirements, interpreting this to provide appropriate and timely advice’ – Legal 500 2020


Meet the team

Kirsteen Hook


Sarah Humphrey


Julian Hamblin


Karl Cameron


Kathryn Evans


Sarah Wheadon