Legal advice for not-for-profits

The Not-For-Profits Programme brokers legal advice to small not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of legal issues, to support the continuation and expansion of their services to people in need. The advice is given for free (pro bono).

We help charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises, and other not-for-profits in England and Wales in the following ways:

Free legal assistance

The Not-For-Profits Programme brokers legal advice to small not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of legal issues. 

These can include drafting a contract, reviewing a lease, updating a constitution/articles, or clarifying rights in a commercial dispute. 

You can find more information here.
 

Initial advice and health checks

The Honorary Counsel scheme matches small not-for-profit organisations with volunteer lawyers on a longer-term basis, to carry out Health Checks and to give initial advice when needed. 

You can find more information here. 


Free videos

Free Talks are short online videos about common legal issues faced by small not-for-profit organisations.  The videos are all free to watch and aim to help you when making important decisions.  You can view the Free Talks here.  


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If LawWorks cannot assist you with what you need, you may want to try one of the options listed here.

“Many small voluntary organisations can barely meet their core costs let alone pay for legal advice - LawWorks is an invaluable service.” (Not-For-Profits Programme applicant)

The Not-For-Profits Programme is supported by the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust.

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