Cleaver Fulton Rankin is a full service law firm, with a team of specialists in Charity Law who regularly advise local, national, and international clients on Charity Law issues. As the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) extends its reach to charities established both in Northern Ireland and elsewhere, but which have operations in Northern Ireland, Cleaver Fulton Rankin is the best placed firm to advise clients on how the work of CCNI and the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008 and 2013 will impact upon charities’ governance and work in Northern Ireland. Our multi-disciplinary team offers broad experience in all aspects of law affecting charities including but not limited to: Real Estate Law, Employment Law, Company Law, Funding, and Dispute Resolution.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Forming and registering charities
  • Advising on charities’ constitutions and rules
  • Restructuring of charities including mergers, asset transfers and transfers of engagements
  • Corporate governance advice
  • Advice on funding agreements and contracts
  • Advising Directors/Trustees of charitable Companies and unincorporated associations and Trusts on their duties, liabilities and responsibilities
  • Cy-prés schemes
  • Trading activities
  • Drafting Terms of Reference for Committees
  • Advising on day to day operations and issues such as the regulatory, investigatory and enforcement powers of CCNI, charitable purposes and public benefit.
  • Property law issues, including business tenancies
  • Mortgaging Charitable Property
  • Employment Contracts
  • HR policies and procedures
  • TUPE advice

Why Us?

Our Charities and Social Enterprises team are recognised as a leading Northern Ireland Solicitors Practice in Charity Law by Chambers and Partners UK 2015, where Head of Department, Sarah Burrows, has been described as having “good bedside manner” when dealing with charity representatives. Sources also note her proficiency in “driving practical solutions through.”

Chambers and Partners have also stated that the Charities team are “understanding of the needs of charities and how they differ from ordinary businesses and have thus been able to advise accordingly. They also try to make things as straightforward as possible by communicating in layperson’s language.”

Notable Clients

  • Bryson Charitable Group
  • Friends of the Cancer Centre
  • Cancer Focus
  • Action for Children
  • Integrated Education Fund
  • Presbyterian Church in Ireland
  • Diocese of Down & Connor