About us.

Businesslegal is a legal services consultancy established since 1994. We are members of the Charity Law Association. We have considerable expertise in registration of a charity in England and Wales with the Charity Commission and with the OSCR (Office of Scottish Charity Regulator) in Scotland. We also offer legal services to Charities which are already registered.

We can assist with the preparation of a governing document for  a charity organisation (eg a trust, charitable incorporated organisation, company limited by guarantee or a constitution). We then deal with the charity registration process and eventually obtain a charity number. If you  already have one of these organisations set up but need expert advice on how to register  as a charity again we have the necessary expertise.

A charity number is reassuring to the public when you are fundraising. It gives the public confidence to donate as the number is proof that your organisation is regulated by the Charity Commission (or OSCR in Scotland).

The registration process with the Charity Commission is rigorous because the Commission has to consider applications by applying both charity and case law. They also have a duty to ensure that potential charities comply with the requirements of public benefit and very detailed information has to be given in the application to cover these issues. We have been dealing with the registration of charities for many years and know what is required.

The issues you have to satisfy the Charity Commission on include:-

  • Having a satisfactory governing document with appropriately drafted charitable objects
  • Satisfying  the public benefit test
  • Dealing with conflicts of interest between directors and the charity
  • Meeting financial thresholds
  • Directors/trustee remuneration advice – not all directors/trustees can be paid
  • Putting in place appropriate child protection and/or vulnerable adults policies
  • Having an appropriate grant giving policy

We can deal with all the above matters for you.

We communicate on a very regular basis with the Charity Commission and OSCR so we are well versed in how they operate, their personnel and procedural requirements. We endeavour to make your application to register a charity with the Charity Commission or OSCR as quick and problem free as humanly possible. We explain everything and keep you informed of progress along the way.

We can also assist charities who wish to register with HMRC so that they can claim gift aid relief on donations from individuals. This is an entirely independent process to registration with the Charity Commission.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for a no obligation discussion and advice on how to register a charity in the UK.