Hewitt & Gilpin Solicitors

Legal Excellence since 1929

Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Over the years we have developed an excellent reputation as Charity Law practitioners, advising over 300 clients in the church and voluntary sector. A number of our solicitors sit as trustees or directors on the boards of these charities giving us a level of insight and empathy that goes beyond merely providing legal advice.

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“As we negotiated our new office lease, Hewitt & Gilpin became a trusted ally. The advice which we received was extremely insightful, very thorough and we were given a great charity rate!”

Tim Magowan, Northern Ireland Director, Tear Fund

We provide advice and guidance in the following areas:

  • The requirements of the Charity Commission and the public benefit test
  • Setting up charities, whether by way of a trust, unincorporated association or company limited by guarantee
  • Corporate structure and ensuring compliance with the Companies Act 2006 and the Charities Act (Northern Ireland) 2008
  • Corporate governance to include organisational and constitutional restructures, transfer of assets from trustees to a company, officer induction training and training on directors’ duties 
  • Data protection, confidentiality and freedom of information issues
  • Property acquisitions and disposals, mortgaging property or assets to funders and securing and raising finance
  • Funding applications and compliance with letters of offers produced by funders
  • All employment-related matters including seeking to ensure that new staff are recruited lawfully whilst possessing a shared ethos with that of your charity
  • Handling of disputes
  • Representing clients in investigations undertaken by the Charities Commission

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