COVID-19 NOTICE: The LawWorks Not-for-Profits Programme continues to operate as usual. We have created a dedicated page of resources for small not-for-profits affected by COVID-19.
We help charities, voluntary organisations, social enterprises, and other not-for-profits in England and Wales in the following ways: (1) providing free videos on common legal issues and (2) providing free legal assistance to eligible organisations.
1. Free videos on common legal issues
LawWorks hosts a range of short online videos presented by solicitors - our "Free Talks". The videos cover 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 should browse the Free Talks before applying to our service on behalf of your not-for-profit organisation (see below).
2. Free legal assistance for not-for-profits
The Not-for-Profits Programme brokers legal advice on a wide range of legal issues to small not-for-profit organisations meeting our eligibility criteria.
It can find a solicitor for your not-for-profit organisation, either for:
- A one-off legal issue (like drafting a contract, reviewing a lease, updating a constitution/articles, or clarifying rights in a commercial dispute); or
- A longer-term basis (to carry out a review of the organisation's documents, identify potential legal issues, and be a first port of call for legal queries).
PILOT – Free legal assistance setting up a charitable organisation
LawWorks is piloting a service to broker free legal assistance to those those making applications to set up charitable organisations which, when established, will match LawWorks’ eligibility criteria.
Please note that as the service is a pilot the number of volunteer solicitors is limited.
“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 LawWorks Not-for-Profits Programme is supported by the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust.