Worthingtons Solicitors

Charities

How we can help you

The Charities team is led by Catherine Cooney who has in-depth knowledge of advising charities and social enterprises. Catherine has been ranked in Chambers legal directory in charity law for the last three years. Catherine and the team advise a wide range of third sector clients including large international charities and smaller community organisations, sports clubs, social enterprises, schools and housing associations.

What we do

Charity law requirements have evolved at a fast pace in the last number of years and the team provides support for boards, committees and their senior management teams on a range of matters including:-

  • Legal responsibilities and liabilities
  • Governance
  • Charity Trustee training – board training
  • Mergers and Collaborations
  • Serious incident reporting
  • Statutory Inquiries
  • Dealing with concerns raised about a charity
  • Charity Tribunal
  • Charity registration (including appeals)
  • Public benefit statements
  • Restructuring and rebranding
  • Incorporation – setting up a charitable company or converting to a company
  • Setting up or winding down a charity
  • Engaging with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
  • Charities and Trading – setting up trading subsidiaries
  • Advice on the best legal structure
  • Updating the charity’s governing document
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Community Interest Companies
  • Industrial and Provident Societies or Community Benefit Societies
  • Brexit issues
  • Setting up a social enterprise
  • Annual reporting to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (trustee annual reports and annual monitoring return forms)
  • Charities and employment law
  • Charities and GDPR
  • Charities and Property
  • Contracts and funding arrangements


Chambers 2019: Senior associate Catherine Cooney of Worthingtons is praised for her technical understanding. Sources also note: “She has a very personable approach which is helpful, but she also has an endless bank of knowledge.”

Contact us for any charity law advice

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