Edwin Coe offers a full-service approach to charities’ legal needs with particular specialisms in cross-border issues and philanthropy. Our cross-departmental Charities team acts for a wide range of charities and non-profit organisations, from family-run grant making charities to established charities with international operations. We are recognised as a leading firm in this area in both of the main legal directories of Chambers and The Legal 500.
We have expertise in advising charities in an international context which includes charities undertaking cross-border activities and foreign charities who wish to have a charitable branch in the UK, often for the recognition that a UK charity registration number offers an organisation.
We also have particular expertise in charities with a link to Africa (covering areas as diverse as education and development to wildlife), and sports organisations – both areas in which historically the firm has enjoyed strong contacts.
As well as advising existing charities, a large part of our charity work includes the establishment of new charities from inception. This covers managing the application for registration with the Charity Commission and drafting governing documents that comply with English Charity Law. We also specialise in advising on charity governance issues and related documentation.
We have considerable experience in advising on and establishing not-for-profit and community interest companies (either from inception or by way of conversion from another structure), which can serve as an alternative to charitable status and are sometimes more appropriate to a client’s business requirements. We also advise social enterprises which enter into joint ventures with existing charities.
Legal 500 2020 Ranking
- Charities & Not-for-profit
David Goepel possesses noteworthy expertise in governance, constitutional and regulatory issues impacting charities. ...
Chambers UK 2021
Charities & Philanthropy Team
David Goepel possesses noteworthy expertise in governance, constitutional and regulatory issues impacting charities.
Chambers UK 2021
He doesn't just do what we ask him, he thinks a lot and adds value; he makes what we want even more useful.
Chambers UK 2019
David Goepel is technically excellent.
The Legal 500 2019
David Goepel is responsive, goes the extra mile and thinks outside the box.
Chambers UK 2018
Edwin Coe LLP fields a team of four cross-departmental partners led by David Goepel, who is a calm and wise adviser. The...
The Legal 500 2016
The extremely sound David Goepel heads the team, which includes the committed Nick Giles.
The Legal 500 2015
David Goepel is highly intelligent, kind, friendly and a pleasure to work with.
Chambers UK 2014
David Goepel and his team are very organised and supportive.
The Legal 500 2014
Provides a prompt, efficient service
The Legal 500 2013
…the team has strength in philanthropy advice and general charities work, particularly in respect of the formation and...
The Legal 500 2012
Prompt and efficient, but not officious, we liked the reasonable, uncomplicated way in which they delivered the advice.
Chambers UK 2012
Edwin Coe LLP advises a host of national and international charities and also acts for individuals setting up charities.
The Legal 500 2011