General advice and information
- trustee/director liability issues
- organisational development
- internal processes
- governing documents
This toolkit is an introductory guide to legal matters and is available on request by emailing [email protected]
Guidance and complaints
The Charity Commission registers and regulates charities in England and Wales, to ensure that the public can support charities with confidence. Find out more about how they can help.
Representation and disputes
This service helps small businesses and individuals who are involved in a dispute about an intellectual property right such as patent, trade mark, protected design or copyright.
Mediation can be a low-cost and effective way of resolving disputes. For further information please visit the National Mediation Providers Association's website.
Garden Court Mediation offers a cost effective alternative to litigating your dispute in court.
Legal structure resources
The Small Charities Coalition have created a website to provide answers to frequently asked questions and guide you through starting a new charity.
The Get Legal website provides expert advice on legal structures and issues such as governance for charities, social enterprises and co-ops and a decision tool.
Internationally focused organisations
Animal welfare organisations
The Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare (ALAW) is a charity which aims to bring together lawyers interested in animal protection law to share experience and to harness that expertise for the benefit of the animal protection community.
ASH offers support, advice and expertise to residents who feel their interests are not being represented by landlords, housing associations or local council during the redevelopment process.
LandAid provides a range of free property services for charities working with disadvantaged young people, families and communities including those experiencing homelessness.
Cranfield Trust offers free business skills to help charities succeed. It offers free HR advice and has a national charity management consultancy service.
Pilotlight offers charities and social enterprises access to free strategic business support, to help them become more efficient, effective and sustainable.
qLegal provides free legal advice and resources to start-ups and entrepreneurs.
This free service looks into complaints about councils and some other authorities.
LawBite is a legal resource for small companies and offers a free 15 minute consultation with a lawyer.
LVFA finds legal assistance for not-for-profit and low-income arts and cultural organisations.
Liberty specialises in human rights.
Refugee Action can signpost individuals seeking asylum in the UK to free advice services.