Lancaster Parr offers affordable legal advice and training to charities, community interest companies and other not-for-profit bodies in the voluntary and social enterprise sector.

We can support your organisation with:-

  • constitutional reviews and updating
  • governance advice
  • Charity Commission regulation
  • incorporation to reduce liabilities
  • guidance on trustees/directors responsibilities
  • commercial and fundraising projects
  • risk assessment and management
  • mergers and collaborative working
  • training and induction courses

Our clients include charities in the heritage, education, healthcare, agricultural, animal welfare, community and environmental sectors.

We advise housing associations, co-operatives and other industrial and provident societies, not-for-profit guarantee companies, local authorities and public bodies.

Consultancy work for professional firms, advice agencies and umbrella bodies

We can provide specialist legal advice on charity, CIC and social enterprise matters to law, accountancy or other professional firms which do not employ specialists in this sector, or which only have an occasional need for such expertise. We can also provide legal services to advice agencies and voluntary sector umbrella bodies.



"Rosie Parr successfully guided the Charities into changing its status to that of a charitable incorporated organisation. Through careful negotiations with the Charity Commission she also obtained the release of a substantial amount of the Charities' permanent endowment funds to enable the Charities to complete its refurbishment of the Almshouses properties. Rosie is a superb communicator and has an excellent manner with her clients."

Russell Lewis, Secretary to the Board of Trustees


"Rosie Parr guided our charity's trustees through the process of incorporation extremely smoothly, providing us with advice and guidance throughout. She also delivered governance training for us in a very personable way, explaining complex legal aspects of charity law in a clear and concise manner. Rosie's flexible approach to working with us was most welcome and we have no hesitation in recommending her."

Vanessa Edwards, Trustee, Greyhound Rescue West of England


"Rosie Parr's support and guidance has been fantastic and ensured that registering as a charity has been a completely stress-free experience for Toe in the Water.  For small organisations like us, it really has made all the difference and will make our fundraising plans so much easier to execute."

Lloyd Hamilton, Trustee and Racing Director, Toe in the Water

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"Rosie Parr is applauded for her "fantastic initiative and wide-angle view". Clients remark on her corporate background, saying that "she really knows how to make charities run as businesses.

"With tremendous experience of the sector" Rosie Parr is "skilful, up-to-date and really understands the client's position with an ability to explain complicated matters with clarity".







CCS is a charity supporting rural communities across Somerset. We have encountered a couple of thorny issues regarding spending a permanent endowment and looking at how we can set up a trading arm to ensure our future sustainability. Rosie's expert, up to date advice and guidance has helped us through a maze of Charity Commission red tape and enabled us to consider the right course of action for our charity. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her services.

Keeley Rudd, Chief Executive. Community Council for Somerset.

THE CREATIVE DIMENSION TRUST - expanding horizons for talented young crafts people

In 2016 Lancaster Parr assisted The Creative Dimension Trust to register as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO). The Trust runs summer courses, led by professional craftsmen, for students aged 14-18 from inner-city schools in London who learn hands-on crafts skills, ranging from gilding and marquetry to wood-working, sculpture and hand engraving.


Rosie Parr has recently given pro bono advice to Dementia Pathfinders, a national community interest company which she helped to register, on setting up an associated charity working to support people with dementia. Rosie has advised on forming the new charity as a charitable incorporated organisation, and on its governance.

Dementia Pathfinders CIC is a social enterprise delivering therapeutic care and support for people with dementia and their families, and programmes of education and learning for people working in the dementia care field.


In memory of Sophie Parr,  we have given pro bono advice to We Hear You (registered charity 109553) to support its conversion to the new legal form of a  CIO.

We Hear You provides free professional counselling to any adults or children affected by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses in Somerset and West Wiltshire.


Rosie has for the last six years given pro bono advice to a long-established charity 'The Society for  Promoting the Training of Women' (founded 1859) by updating its company constitution and loan agreements, advising on its endowment, obtaining a uniting direction to link it to a subsidiary fund and promoting its profile. Now operating as 'Futures for Women' the charity makes loans to women to support them through professional and vocational training courses to help them enter employment.


Care Home Volunteers operates in Wiltshire to train, deploy and support volunteers in care homes for older people. It has recently registered as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO). In 2014 Rosie gave its trustees pro bono advice on the CIO registration process with the Charity Commission and on its funding agreement with the local authority.



Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority                            Principal Solicitor: Rosie Parr M.A. (Cantab.)