New charity or community projects

We can advise you on the right legal structure for your project, draft its constitution and register your organisation with Companies House and/or the Charity Commission.

Constitutional reviews

We will review and revise your governing documents to update them and make running your organisation more efficient, taking advantage of new deregulation measures.

Incorporation and risk management

We can explain the benefits of incorporation and assist with the process of conversion to a limited liability vehicle such as a CIO or limited company to reduce the personal risks to your trustees.

Regulatory support

We work with the Charity Commission and the Community Interest Company (CIC) Regulator to support charities and CICs in complying with regulatory requirements.

Governance training and induction courses

Lancaster Parr offers governance training and induction seminars for the trustees and executives of charities, CICs and other not-for-profits at their own offices.

Collaborations and mergers

We can advise on the benefits of collaborations, joint ventures or mergers. We will deal with the legal restructuring to minimize the risks and achieve a positive result.

Commercial projects, grants and fundraising

We will assist with trading companies, sponsorships, and commercial activities, draft grant agreements or service delivery contracts, and advise on fundraising regulations.

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The Chalice Well Trust, Glastonbury

"Rosie has provided very focused support and advice as we moved (somewhat nervously) from unincorporated to corporate status.  I particularly appreciated the fact that Rosie got to know us as trustees and manager and Chalice Well and that her advice was properly tailored to our situation.  I know from the manager's perspective, he very much appreciated her efficiency and attention to detail.  Rosie has given us confidence that what we are doing is the right thing, and that we are doing it in the right way."

Peter Derbyshire - Co-Chair

 

Jericho Living Heritage Trust, Oxford

"Lancaster Parr provided an excellent service to our charitable trust. They helped us navigate the complex process of becoming a registered charity and provide advice and training to our trustees. We are very grateful for their professional expertise, friendly approach and determination to help us achieve our aims."

Peter Strong, Trustee

 

RosieParrWithSpaceonSideLancaster Parr's principal, Rosie Parr, qualified as a solicitor in 1979 and has many years' experience of advising the charity and community sector. From 2003 to 2009 she was Head of the Charities and Social Enterprise Unit in a "Top 50" UK law firm.

She has been listed in Chambers' Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2008 as a leading charities specialist with "tremendous experience of the sector" who is "skilful, up-to-date and really understands the client's position". Clients have welcomed her "creative thinking" and "ability to explain complicated matters with clarity".

Rosie also worked for over 20 years as a company/commercial lawyer and in general legal practice. This broad expertise enables her to provide clients with a strategic view and specialist insight into the many legal issues encountered by charities and community bodies.

Rosie is based in Somerset, near Bath. She is a member of the Law Society and the Charity Law Association.

 

COunty SPORTS PARTNERSHIPS

Rosie has acted for several county sports partnerships on their incorporation and registration as charitable companies limited by guarantee:

"Rosie Parr has been very professional, understanding and easy to work with and consequently has helped enormously in establishing Energize County Sports Partnership as a charitable limited company.  Her knowledge of the regulatory frameworks of both Companies House and the Charity Commission were tremendously helpful and reassuring.  Rosie's ability to understand our needs and advise on a suitable form of words and practical structure has really helped us to moved forward. Her confident but sympathetic approach to delivering trustee training has also given our Board an assurance in their skills and personal abilities to work effectively as a team and lead the organisation effectively through its early stages of development.

Throughout Rosie has gone the extra mile to make herself available by e-mail, phone or in person to talk through the issues and help identify practical solutions and I would have no hesitation in either using her services in future or recommending them to another organisation."

Chris Child, Chief Executive

Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin County Sports Partnership

 


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