Church Legal Compliance Checklist

The Charity Commission. Employment law. Property Regulations. Data Protection. Sometimes complying with the law can seem complicated and burdensome to churches. We’re here to help. We at Edward Connor Solicitors understand that churches want to be legally compliant as part of their service to Jesus and we want to help you to do this faithfully. … Read more …

What are a charity’s reporting obligations to the Charity Commission?

A charity’s reporting and accounting obligations to the Charity Commission will depend on a number of factors including whether the charity is exempt or excepted from registration, whether the charity is a company, the charity’s gross annual income, and the value of the charity’s assets.  (Note that this Article only deals with a charity’s obligations … Read more …

Are you ready to register with the Charity Commission?

Many smaller churches which are affiliated to the FIEC or another umbrella body specified in the Charities (Exception from Registration) Regulations 1996 (the ‘Excepting Regulations’), are currently excepted from the requirement to register with the Charity Commission.  The Commission has previously indicated that the Excepting Regulations will come to an end in March 2021, and … Read more …

How to work well with your lawyers

Our purpose at Edward Connor Solicitors is to serve Jesus through serving his people. We’re here to help churches and Christian organisations to run well and comply with the law, and we understand the particular legal issues that Christian charities and churches face.  We do our best to serve our clients, but there are things you can do to work … Read more …

Volunteers and Voluntary Workers – what’s the difference?

People can work for charities and churches in many different ways. Some are employees, some are office holders and some volunteer their time. As you manage and care for your staff, it’s important to recognize the difference between volunteers and volunteer workers. A voluntary worker is not a volunteer in the normal or legal sense … Read more …

Edward Connor Solicitors Celebrates First Birthday

We marked our first year as Edward Connor Solicitors with a celebration during June’s Evangelical Ministry Assembly in London. The evening reception at the Cathedral View conference centre in Westminster was attended by around 40 people including representatives from our clients and partner organisations, from individual churches to large national charities. Edward Connor Solicitors launched … Read more …

Pensions and National Minimum Wage: changes that may affect you

From April 2019, there are some changes to the national Minimum Wage and to pensions which may affect you, and your church or organisation. What are the changes and what do you need to consider? National Minimum Wage As of April 2019, the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) have been … Read more …

Your church premises and the Equality Act

Your church building is a great asset and a valuable resource. It enables your church family to meet on Sundays and other groups to meet in the week. It may be a means of reaching out to your community and caring for those in need. Sometimes, a church building can be used to generate income … Read more …

Should you consider becoming a CIO?

Many Christian charities (whether churches or other organisations) operate as either a charitable trust or a charitable unincorporated association (CUA).  Historically, the only realistic alternative to these structures (other than incorporating the body of trustees, which is relatively uncommon) was for a charity to incorporate as a company limited by guarantee, but this brought with … Read more …

Residential Conveyancing and Serving Jesus

As Christians we are called to serve God in all we do. Part of this is stewarding our resources well. What do you need to think about when your church is looking to buy or sell property? Is your organisation thinking of buying a residential property? Edward Connor Solicitors can help you to look after … Read more …