Charity Property Law

From the standard to the complex, we can help.

Complying with charity law in property transactions can be a complicated and technical business, so we’ll help you find the right structure for your transaction. Whether you want to buy, sell, lease, mortgage or transfer property, our team has plenty of experience of guiding charities – of all sizes – through the labyrinth. We help with everything, from the intricacies of trusts to the need for surveyors’ advice.

We also advise trustees on their decision-making as well as how to navigate the law on connected parties, conflicts of interest and delegated authority.

How we help

We guide you through your obligations as trustees and the requirements of the 2011 Charities Act. We make applications to the Charity Commission for consent to non-standard transactions. And we assist you with the law when your charity is looking to use property to secure loans and grants.

With our experienced team, we also advise on property held in trust, as well as designated land and permanent endowment and property legacies. We also assist through- out longer term projects, such as development projects, to ensure that charity law is considered through-out. This combines our commercial property expertise with our in-depth knowledge of charity law.

Our reputation

  • Bates Wells' ‘proactive and thoughtful’ commercial property team has an ‘excellent understanding of the charities sector’.

    Legal 500 2020