Charity Law & Charity Formation Lawyers

Aaron Yeganeh
Aaron Yeganeh
I have used the conveyancing services of Anna Beavers at Mounteney Solicitors for several properties, and as have my parents. Anna is super professional and overall a great firm with fantastic customer management skills, and a real sense that Anna and the whole team is working to your best interests as a client. As I say, I am a repeat customer and have recommended the firm to several friends too.
I’ve used this solicitors a few times now for both business and personal matters. The team are really approachable and Anna and Amy have been great! Can’t recommend enough and glad to have had the support through a house move and taking on a commercial lease.
Glenn Colville
Glenn Colville
I had the delight of having Anna work for us and she did a great job. Highly recommended
Judith Clements
Judith Clements
Amanda and Katie were friendly, professional and very thorough in their handling of my sale and purchase of property. Altogether as a team of solicitors I was pleasantly surprised at their patience and availablity.
Having to sell a house after a bereavement is always going to be hard but Katie Reade at Mountney Solicitors made the whole thing effortless. She was always there if I needed anything and was just superb. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her to anyone needing conveyancing services. Thanks Katie
Joanna Carey
Joanna Carey
Katie recently completed the sale of my great Aunt's flat. Throughout the complicated and protracted sale, Katie kept us informed at every stage. She was considerate and supportive throughout, in fact Katie saved the day on many occasions. I would have not hesitation in recommending Kate and look forward to working with her again.


A Charity is an entity that exists for a charitable purpose. Most charities have to be registered with the Charities Commission. Mounteney Legal Services’ Charity Registration service is intended to be a highly economical method of establishing a new charity.

The benefits of registering as a Charity include:

  • Well-recognised brand, likely to attract goodwill, credibility and confidence, and therefore more likely to obtain donations, voluntary support and opportunities for working
  • Significant tax benefits and/or exemptions, in particular the ability to claim an extra 20% gift aid on donations received from taxpayers, and exemption from business rates

Mounteney Legal Services’ Charity Formation Schemes is particularly suited to the many ministries and groups who wish to establish new charities on a low budget. The Christian ethos of our firm often resonates with such groups.

When deciding to use our Charity Formation Service, you should bear in mind that:

  • Your entity must be financially sustainable.
  • Your entity must be exclusively charitable. This restricts commercial trading and some activities e.g. campaigning. It also means that trustees cannot be paid – they must volunteer. This stops your trustees also being Charity employees, subject to complicated exemptions.
  •  Running a Charity includes some administrative burdens and costs, the guidelines are complicated; there are accounting requirements and certain matters require reference to the Charity Commission before they can be undertaken
  • A Charity is not particularly private – documents must be filed with the Charity Commission and are public. The Charity Commission has the right of regulation and scrutiny and there is possible personal liability for serious breaches of the rules.

Once the decision to register a Charity has been made, we find that a common confusion arises from the need for there to be a legal structure to register as a Charity. Before applying to the Charity Commission to register, we first have to establish that structure and prepare it for registration. It is only once that process is complete that we can actually undertake the Charity registration for you. The normal structure these days for new charities is Charitable Incorporated Organisation (“CIO”), a form of limited liability corporate entity that is registered with the Charity Commission itself, and not at Companies House.

You will normally need at least three people who satisfy the relevant criteria who are willing to take the responsibility of a Charity trustee (or director).

You may also wish to consider our Community Interest Company product.

How long will it take?

It usually takes 2-3 months for our work to conclude. In cases of exceptional urgency (that are rare), where the Charity Commission can be persuaded to expedite their process that time can be reduced to around 6 weeks.

Our work for you includes:

  • Taking your instructions
  • Establishing the underlying entity
  • Application for registration of the entity as a Charity.

Please note that ultimately the success of the registration is not within this firm’s gift, and will depend on the Charity Commission’s views of the information with which they are provided.  That ultimately will have come from you. Accordingly we do not guarantee the success of your registration – although our registration applications are normally successful.

Money Matters

Your supplier is unregulated Mounteney Legal Services Limited, that does not charge VAT

We will charge £1000

There is more about our fees on our website here

If you have any questions or require any further information, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.