Registration of a Charity

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Registration of a Charity

Registering a charity can be a long and complex process, and you should always seek professional advice when considering setting up a charitable organisation. The wills, trusts, tax and succession planning law team at JMW can help you throughout the entire process, all the way from considering the objectives of your charity, preparing the charity’s governing documents, and completing the application to the Charity Commission.

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 environments that charitable clients operate in and the need for bespoke advice on all aspects of charity registrations and ongoing advice to those who run the charity itself.

Talk to our charity law solicitors today by calling 0345 872 6666, or fill out an online contact form and we will be in touch at a time convenient to you.

How JMW Can Help

The professional charity law solicitors at JMW are experienced in handling all aspects of the registration of a charity and dealing with queries surrounding its ongoing operation. We have an informed and up-to-date understanding of the UK Charity Commission’s guidelines and requirements for new charities, and we can help you to navigate through the application process and ensure your charity is successfully registered in the most time and cost-efficient way.

Our team can help your charity with:

  • The registration of a charity with the Charities Commission
  • Providing the trustees of the charity with advice in relation to their day-to-day responsibilities
  • Winding up, amalgamating or converting a charity
  • Making changes to a charity’s governing documents
  • Dealing with queries raised by the Charity Commission
  • Ensuring you comply with the Charities Act

As well as registering a charity, the other aspects of charity management we can assist you with are:

  • Creating a charity
  • Advising on the running of a charity
  • Converting your charity to a different charitable structure

What is the Process of Registering a Charity?

The UK government requires you to register your charity online if it is based in England or Wales, and it has an annual income of £5,000 or more or is designated as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).

You will need to supply documentation that details the following:

  • Your charity’s charitable purposes
  • How your charity operates to benefit the public
  • Proof of your charity’s income
  • The name of your charity
  • The relevant bank details
  • Your charity’s contact details
  • The names, dates of birth and contact details of the trustees
  • Your charity’s governing document

Why Choose JMW?

JMW Solicitors has accumulated experience and success for over 50 years, for which we have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the top law firms in the country. As a result of our expertise, our charity law services are comprehensive; we can offer advice and guidance on any and all aspects of setting up and running your charity. 

We will work closely with you to understand your charity’s objectives and make them happen. We can provide you with advice, guide you through or facilitate a variety of aspects of the charity administration process. We understand that managing charities and large values of finance and property can be stressful and complicated, so you can trust us to apply our experience and help your charity run as smoothly as possible, and benefit those at the heart of its objectives with minimal disruption.

Get in Touch

To speak to one of our experts today, call us on 0345 872 6666. Alternatively, fill out an online contact form and we will arrange a better time to talk.