Strict regulatory requirements and public scrutiny mean that the modern Not-for-profit has to be beyond reproach in its conduct.
Inevitably, a Not-for-profit will encounter difficult situations and if not managed or addressed appropriately, some of these circumstances can be mission-ending situations.
The team at Corney & Lind have decades in experience in dealing with difficult situations that Not-for-Profits and charities face. We have successfully helped many Not-for-Profits and charities navigate the legal system cost effectively and helped them reach the end of a dispute with a redemptive outcome.
Our director Alistair Macpherson has also played a role in mediating a number of these disputes.
Litigation matters we’ve assisted Not-for-Profits and charities with include:
Institutional Abuse More
We have been actively involved in advice and claims as a result of alleged child sexual abuse in an institutional context for a number of years. This has included advising and appearing for institutions who were called to give evidence before the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.
Following on from the recommendations arising from the Royal Commission, our team has developed extensive experience in dealing with compensation matters arising out of institutional abuse, including assisting victims of institutional abuse, and advising institutions in appropriately responding to the allegations.
Directors and officers or responsible persons of not-for-profit organisations and Not-for-Profits and charities have significant responsibilities to governmental bodies and its members. Our firm has been involved in helping both Not-for-Profits and its members, in navigating disputes that revolve around the leadership and management of a Not-for-profit. Whether you are a member that has been oppressed, or a director who needs to respond to an allegation of poor governance, our team is able to provide legal advice to navigate your dispute.
Management and Employee Disputes
Not-for-Profits and charities can face immense disruption when difficulties arise within the management team, or an employment comes to an end. Particularly where legal proceedings are commenced by a departing employee, a Not-for-Profits and charities focus and funding can be severely diverted from its mission and vision to litigation concerns. Our team is experienced in dealing with these disputes in a timely and efficient manner.
Regulatory Compliance Disputes
We have experience in supporting Not-for-Profits and charities undergoing compliance investigations and audits and have had success in helping our clients respond to serious investigations commenced by government departments.
Resolving a split of a faith based Not-for-profit
Our team has assisted faith-based Not-for-Profits and charities in navigating splits of a faith based congregation and assisting groups reach an amicable resolution at the end of these difficult crossroads.
Reputation and Brand Protection
With Not-for-Profits and charities under public scrutiny and the prevalence of social media it is not uncommon for a Not-for-profit to need to respond appropriately to news articles, public commentary or an angry online post. We assist Not-for-Profits and charities with identifying and following through with their legal recourses in these difficult situations.
Disputes over land and property
Our team at Corney & Lind has an extensive understanding and history in dealing with Not-for-Profits, churches and the various legal structures that these entities have adopted over the years. Our team will provide legal advice in disputes about ownership over land and property, and even disputes over licensing and leases through complex Church structures.
Get in touch with our Not-for-profit Litigation team today.
Please feel welcome to get in touch with one of our team by calling 07 3252 0011. Ask to speak to one of our Business Development team, who are here to listen to your challenges and help you find the best lawyer for your litigation needs.