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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 »

Selling Charity Property

There are many different reasons why you may wish to sell your charity’s or church’s property. Perhaps you are relocating or perhaps you want to release some cash to use in other ways. Selling any property can be a lengthy, complex process and extra care needs to be taken when disposing of a charity’s asset…. Read more »

“Direct Conversion”: a way for Charitable Companies to become CIOs

In January 2013, the charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) was introduced as a new legal structure. Since then, many Christian charities and churches that were previously operating as unincorporated organisations, as well as new charities or churches that are setting up for the first time, have chosen to adopt a CIO structure.  For charities that were… Read more »

Building Projects

A building project can be an exciting opportunity to grow your ministry and steward the resources that God has given you. There are many legal issues you need to consider before you begin a project like this. Here are some of the main issues your church or organisation will need to think through. In this… Read more »