Amending governing documents and constitutions

Date last reviewed

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Law firm Russell-Cooke discusses the practicalities when amending governing documents and constitutions.


Who should watch this?

Watch this if you are a charitable trust, unincorporated association, company limited by guarantee or a CIO and want to know what issues to consider when changing your governing document or constitution. Watch in conjunction with reading the Charity Commission's guidance on 'Changing your charity's governing document'. 

The content of this video is accurate as at August 2019.

What does the video cover?

The video will cover questions such as:

  • Do I need to tell the Charity Commission about the changes?
  • How much time should I allow to make the changes?
  • What is the procedure for changing the governing document or constitution?
  • What do trustees need to do?
  • Are there special rules for making certain changes, such as changing the objects?
  • Do companies limited by guarantee need members’ approval?
  • What is a Charity Commission Scheme?

Running time: 12 mins

  • Title page (0.23)

  • Introduction (0.15)

  • Key issues (1.22)

  • Unincorporated Association (1.19)

  • Company limited by guarantee (3.28)

  • Charitable incorporated organisation (1.45)

  • Charity Commission scheme (2.31)

  • Summary (0.40)

Special thanks to:

Russell-Cooke and Nabarro (Now CMS)


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Date last reviewed

August 2019

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Monday, June 2, 2014

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