At Hay & Kilner, we understand the unique challenges that charities face in their sector and in the current legal landscape.

How can we help

Our dedicated Charity Law Team is committed to offering tailored, comprehensive and practical solutions to your legal requirements, giving you the opportunity to focus on carrying out your vital work.

How we work

Specialised expertise
Experienced in the sector so fully understand the regulations and the challenges you face.

A proactive approach
We anticipate challenges and provide strategic solutions.

We become an integral part of your team to understand your unique challenges and goals.

Community commitment
We share your passion for making a positive impact and are dedicated to supporting charitable causes.

  • Employment & HR

    As a charity the regulatory environment you work in can lead to complications in your approach to dealing with employment issues. Our employment law experts are on hand to advise you on the common HR issues that all charities must deal with as well as specialised areas:

    • Disciplinary and grievance processes and how they impact on your ethos
    • Advice on TUPE implications relating to mergers and following competitive tendering
    • DBS checks and safeguarding issues
    • The role and status of volunteers
    • Policies and procedures
  • Your structure and constitution

    We are here to support you, whether you're establishing a new charity or implementing significant strategic changes to an existing one. We offer guidance on selecting the most suitable legal framework, assist with the registration process with the Charity Commission and Companies House (as appropriate) and advise on collaborations and restructures.

  • Protecting your commercial interests

    With experts in Intellectual Property, data protection, commercial contracts, and dispute resolution, we are well-equipped to assist you in establishing robust agreements and processes that minimise costly and reputation damaging risks to your charity. In the event that you are involved in a dispute, we are committed to providing guidance to resolve the matter promptly and effectively.

  • Property

    We can provide guidance on all your property needs, including any charity law compliance related to property transactions, including buying, selling, or leasing property or land, land management and resolution of property disputes.

  • Legacy management and protection

    We can help recover unsuccessful charitable legacies, resolve legacy disputes, address delays in legacy payments and represent you in probate disputes.

Empowering trustees to lead with confidence and integrity training

Our training, led by Sarah Furness provides a comprehensive summary of what a trustees legal responsibilities and liabilities are with practical guidance also given.

Meet the team

Relevant insights & events

Our regular updates and events keep you up to date with all the latest legal developments you need to know about.

Get in touch

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‘Hay & Kilner’ and ‘Hay & Kilner Law Firm’ are both trading names of Hay & Kilner LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with registered number OC418767. Our registered office is at The Lumen, St James' Boulevard, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5BZ and we are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (Authorisation number 643191). We use the word ‘partner’ to refer to a member of Hay & Kilner LLP. A list of the members is available at our registered office.