Not for Profit

Our not for profit team have developed a reputation for providing clear and unequivocal advice to third sector clients focusing specifically on the needs of clients. We provide practical and cost effective advice to a range of social enterprises on corporate structure and corporate governance. In the current economic climate with pressure on resources, our team has been able to advise on collaborative arrangements and partnerships between third sector groups and provides assistance with funding arrangements. Specialist areas of expertise include corporate advice, public procurement, property advice, employment advice, and information management.

The team comprises of lawyers with specialist experience of advising third sector clients. Their individual expertise in corporate governance, property, employment and information management allow us to provide a comprehensive service to our not for profit clients dealing with all their legal requirements.

The team has specific in-depth knowledge of the social housing sector and currently acts for a number of social housing associations, charities, management groups, funders and residential developers. We have a multi-disciplinary team providing legal advice to the social housing sector across real estate, planning, procurement, commercial contracts, employment, project finance, and governance issues. We run regular briefings for social housing stakeholder groups.

In addition to the clients we advise, partners and solicitors in the firm serve on trustee boards and committees giving additional experience of the needs of this sector.

What We Do

  • Advising in relation to corporate structure and ensuring compliance with the Companies Act 2006 and the Charities Act (NI) 2008
  • Providing advice in relation to compliance with the requirements of the NI Charity Commission and whether clients will meet the public benefit test
  • Advising in relation to corporate governance both for charities in Northern Ireland and mainland UK to include organisational restructures, constitutional reconfigurations, officer induction training and directors duties
  • The specialist Public Procurement team have extensive experience (both contentious and non-contentious) of advising charities under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006
  • The Real Estate Team led by Rosemary Carson has wide has wide experience acting in the acquisition and disposal of sites for charitable bodies and in particular advising them of their duties in relation to land dealings pursuant to the Charities Act (NI) 2008
  • Employment issues specific to the third sector to include contention and non-contentious advice
  • Advising clients on the impact of the Historical Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland
  • Information management advice on data protection, confidentiality and Freedom of Information issues

Carson McDowell is a prominent name for charities work in Northern Ireland, providing in-depth knowledge of the local market and all relevant regulations. We advise on corporate governance, property and employment issues and have developed a particular aptitude representing charity clients who operate in the education sector.