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 »

Are you ready to register with the Charity Commission?

Many smaller churches do not currently need to register with the Charity Commission. But this is soon going to change. The Charity Commission has indicated that from March 2021, all churches with an income of over £5,000 per annum will need to register, whether or not they are affiliated to the FIEC or another umbrella… Read more »

Use of Charity Property by a Third Party

A charity’s property is a great resource and a gift from God. You may be approached by someone from your community who would like to hire your property for an event or regular meeting. This can be a good source of income for your church or organisation and a great way of building relationships with… Read more »

Copyright and your Church

A recent ruling by the European Court of Justice has put the issue of copyright back in the headlines. The Court held that a secondary school had infringed a photographer’s copyright after a student used one of the photographer’s pictures in a school presentation which the school subsequently published on its website even though the… Read more »

Automatic disqualification of trustees

September 2018 New rules came into force on 1 August 2018, expanding the circumstances in which a person can be automatically disqualified from acting as a trustee of a charity. These include unspent convictions for bribery, terrorism, money laundering, contempt of court, misconduct in public office, and being on the sex offenders register (see s.178… Read more »

Analysis of the Ashers Bakery ruling

So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: ‘Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?’ (Daniel 6:12 NIVUK) The case of Lee v… Read more »