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Charities & Education

At Warners we understand the challenges that charities and educational establishments can face. We have a dedicated team of solicitors who have experience in working in these sectors. Their individual expertise and experience is backed up by the wealth of knowledge we have throughout the firm. This means that we can also advise on employment law, intellectual property, data protection, property, contracts and other commercial matters.

We always aim to provide our clients with prompt, practical and cost effective legal advice.  The key areas where we can help you are set out below.

Main services for educational establishments

  • Development and sale of land
  • Planning and environmental issues
  • Leases
  • Estate management
  • Charity law and trusts
  • Employment
  • Contractual disputes
  • Bespoke terms and conditions
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Defending claims from staff, students, customers and the public

Main services for charities

  • Formation / registration with the Charity Commission
  • Setting up charitable trusts
  • Charity trustees’ powers, duties and liabilities
  • Forming charitable companies
  • [Tax planning / gift aid advice]
  • Charity administration/governance and constitutional issues

Matters on which we have recently advised include

  • Commision of charitable trusts into companies limited by guarantee
  • Tonbridge Grammar School.  The disposal of a parcel of land to a developer in exchange for the construction of a significant new teaching block

Associated Services

Latest news

  • Charity Loses in Attempt to Increase Share of Estate The RSPCA was unsuccessful recently in its bid to contest a will, pressing ahead to court proceedings with what was described as an ‘extremely weak’ case. The charity, which inherited two thirds of a millionaire’s estate...
  • Charity Fails to Win Farm in Court - But Seeks Appeal After a bruising legal battle, which has cost more than £1.3 million in fees, a Yorkshire doctor has won the right to inherit her late parents’ farm, which is valued at £2.3 million. In 1993, Dr Christine Gill’s...