Charity Commission registration

Date last reviewed

Monday, July 17, 2017

Claris D'Cruz, a barrister at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP, gives a practical overview of when and how to set up and register as a charity.



Who should watch this?

Watch this if you want to know whether your organisation should be a charity, and if so, how to set up and register your charity with the Charity Commission. 

Please download the accompanying handout for some useful links to further information.

The content of this video is accurate as at July 2017.

What does the video cover?

The video will cover questions such as:

  • How do we know if we could, or even should, be a charity?
  • Can we be a charity if we have some non-charitable purposes?
  • How do we set up and register as a charity?
  • Where can we get a template or model governing document?
  • Does it matter if our income is over £5,000?
  • How long do applications to the Charity Commission normally take?

Running time: 16mins

  • Title page (0.31)
  • Introduction (1.05)
  • Deciding on charity status (0.54)
  • Definition of a charity (1.50)
  • Mixed purposes (0.26)
  • Charity registration (0.22)
  • Trustees (0.37)
  • Name of organisation (1.00)
  • Legal structure (1.22)
  • Governing document (1.26)
  • Funding (1.59)
  • Applying to register 1 (0.59)
  • Applying to register 2 (1.02)
  • Applying to register 3 (0.47)
  • Applying to register 4 (1.33)
  • Summary (0.28)

Special thanks to

Claris D'Cruz, Wrigleys Solicitors LLP, and Nabarro (now CMS).

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Date last reviewed

July 2017


Date of publication

Monday, January 4, 2016

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