Charities & Social Enterprise

MacRoberts is a leading adviser to charities, the third sector and social enterprise in Scotland. Through our team’s affiliations with the sector, we have a deep understanding of the issues and challenges facing charities, the third sector and social enterprise and our expertise and experience means we are ideally placed to work with our clients to achieve their outcomes.

As well as offering high quality, contemporary legal advice, our legal experts are closely involved in this sector. This allows them a deeper understanding of the evolving nature of your requirements and the need to be innovative in the way in which you operate. The need to adapt and innovate are traits with which MacRoberts can readily associate.

At MacRoberts, we have always believed that we have responsibility to use our legal knowledge for a wider good. We aim to make our legal skills available to the charitable and not-for-profit sector on an affordable basis. Our work spans the entire spectrum of third sector organisations, from pro-bono, through to small organisations working to a fixed budget, to some of Scotland’s largest charities with complex legal needs.

Our Services
  • Contracts
  • Data protection
  • Employment & management
  • Pensions and auto enrolment
  • Commercial property
  • Fraud
  • Funding & fundraising
  • Governance & structure
  • Intellectual property & brand protection
  • Procurement
  • Risk management
  • Regulation & compliance, including Gift Aid rules and SORPs (statement of recommended practice)
  • Tax matters
Recent Experience
  • We supported and advised Trust in Fife, the lead agency in an ambitious and innovative public social partnership between Fife Council and 13 third sector organisations

 

  • We have supported and advised CEiS on a number of charity and social enterprise structuring matters, including use of innovative structures (third sector-led LLP to deliver public contract, implementing an optimal structure for a new subsidiary social enterprise and a global social enterprise organisation).

 

  • We have supported and advised Beatson Cancer Charity, an organisation offering critical support to patients and families, funding and research opportunities and engaging the public in awareness and support, on a range of matters. These include a charity merger, for which we provided governance training and advised on commercial arrangements, such as trademark issues, as well as brand development and management.
  • MacRoberts is praised for its "excellent level of service and quality of advice, and for its solutions-focused approach".

    Legal 500
  • "The 'personal approach combined with their legal knowledge results in a high level of satisfaction from clients'."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Their approach to supporting clients over and above the provision of legal services is fantastic."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession

Charities & Third Sector

MacRoberts is a leading adviser to charities, the third sector and social enterprise in Scotland and we have a deep understanding of the issues and challenges facing the sector.

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