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We understand the charity sector

Our charity solicitors have a proven track record of working with charities of all sizes and shapes, including not-for-profits, social enterprises, and voluntary groups, as well as some of the UK biggest charities (who have entrusted us with their entire commercial property portfolio).

We’re well-versed in handling a range of complex matters, alongside smaller issues that you need help with.

Because we’ve worked with so many charities, our understanding of the third sector runs deeper than just the technicalities of charity law.  In fact, our charity solicitors team regularly give up their own time to serve as school governors, charity trustees and sit on various committees.

We understand how such charitable organisations work, making us better and more effective advisers.

Many members of our team enjoy ‘trusted adviser’ relationships with senior charity executives and trustees. What this means is that you get more than just a legal partner with Willans; you get a legal partner invested in the success of your cause and your good work.

Some of our recent work in the charity sector

  • The Sober Parrot
    Sector:Charities & not-for-profit organisations

    The Nelson Trust

    The Nelson Trust is a UK charity that brings belief, hope and long-term recovery to people whose lives have been torn apart by addiction. It supports more than 1,200 people each year from all over Britain and beyond, as well as helping local communities across Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Avon and Somerset.
    The Nelson Trust
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  • Seminar
    Sector:Charities & not-for-profit organisations

    ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute

    ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute is a division of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), the professional body for governance that provides qualifications, training and guidance to members and governance professionals all over the world.
    ICSA logo
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  • Jazz concert
    Sector:Hospitality & leisure

    Cheltenham Festivals

    Cheltenham Festivals is a charity which produces innovative, world-class content across science and the arts. Its programmes reach out year-round and culminate at the internationally-acclaimed Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals, with the aim of engaging everyone in science and the arts.
    Cheltenham Festivals logo
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  • Aerial view of Sparsholt College
    Sector:Charities & not-for-profit organisations

    Sparsholt College Hampshire

    The Sparsholt College Group is the South's leading educational institution in the land, environment and animal sectors offering an extensive range of courses, apprenticeships, degrees and part-time courses for adults.
    Sparsholt College logo
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Nigel Whittaker BA (Hons) Partner
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