Conversion of Charities

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Conversion of Charities

Much like businesses, changing the structure of charities and charitable trusts requires the trustees to go through a complex legal process - the charity law experts at JMW can help you with this. We will ensure that your charity or trust complies with the Charities Act, HMRC regulations and meets your charitable goals.

Award-winning team

Our team is recognised in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500. We have won industry awards, including Team of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards.

Diverse clients

We have assisted with a range of complex requirements for a variety of charities and high-net-worth clients, including families, business owners, entrepreneurs, sports professionals, entertainers, and an array of charitable entities. 


Our team is made up of young, dynamic solicitors who understand the environment that charitable clients operate in and the need for bespoke advice on how your charitable entity is structured.

Speak to our professional charity law solicitors today to discuss the conversion of a charity. Call us on 0345 872 6666 or fill out an online enquiry form.

How JMW Can Help

If you already understand which charity structure you wish to convert to, we can assist you in doing so by advising you on the process of applying for a conversion, overseeing your application and ensuring that you have all of the necessary information and documentation.

If you wish to convert your charity but do not know which structure you wish to use, we can assess your situation, charitable objectives and advise you on the most suitable structure for your charity. 

The types of UK charity structure are:

  • Charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs)
  • Charitable companies (limited by guarantee)
  • Unincorporated associations
  • Trusts

The process of changing structure requires those in charge of running the current entity to register a new charitable organisation and winding up, if your existing governing document allows, the old one, which can be complex and requires professional experience and sound knowledge of charity law.

Why Choose JMW?

The charity law experts within the wills, trusts, tax and succession planning team are experienced and knowledgeable in their field. For over 50 years, JMW Solicitors has provided legal services around the UK. We have received recognition from The Legal 500 as one of the country’s top firms due to our successes over this time. With offices based in Manchester and London, we can support clients from anywhere in the UK. 

We work closely with our clients to ensure that we understand their goals and meet them. We will deliver our service with transparency to ensure you understand each part of the process, but will take on the bulk of the legal responsibility to ensure that it is as stress-free for you as possible.

Get in Touch

To get your charity structure conversion started, call our expert solicitors today on 0345 872 6666. Alternatively, fill out an online enquiry form and we will return your call at a time convenient for you.