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Our firm has a long tradition of advising charities. We pioneered the recognition of overseas charities as UK charities, including the first registration in the UK of a Portuguese charity and the recognition of a Japanese government body as a charity for rates relief and VAT purposes.

We act for a diverse range of charities on formation, constitutional, commercial and regulatory issues as well as on mergers. We draw on expertise from across the firm to provide the best advice to charity clients, and advise other not-for-profit bodies and social enterprises, including community interest companies.

We provide tax consultancy and tax disputes advice, and we also assist private clients with their charitable giving and our corporate clients with corporate social responsibility activities. We have practical experience of acting as charity trustees and directors of not-for-profit bodies.

We have been ranked in Legal 500 UK 2014 and described as providing 'the advice needed, often to very tight deadlines'.


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  • Pioneered the registration of charitable incorporated organisations, the new corporate model for charities.

  • Settled a long-standing dispute over a multi-million pound portfolio of works of art owned by a foundation. We provided strategic, legal and tax advice throughout, including liaising with the Charity Commission.

  • Advised on the launch of See The Difference, a not-for-profit video site where donors can literally see the difference they make to specific charity projects. Donors can choose a charity project and can then See The Difference they make through feedback that each charity has pledged to provide. "Creating our online platform is a complex affair involving many parties," said founder Dominic Vallely. "The sound and timely advice from the team at Fieldfisher has been gratefully received."

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