We are one of a handful of Australian law firms that have a dedicated Not for Profit (Non profit) and Charity Law division advising non profit and charitable institutions around Australia and internationally. Our Australian not-for-profit lawyers advise on the following:
Types of Charity & Not for Profit legal structures
We regularly advise charities & non profit bodies established as:
- Companies limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001
- Incorporated Associations under various Association Incorporation Acts
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations and Indigenous Trusts
- Unincorporated Associations (including Societies and Co-operatives)
- Charitable Trusts
- Letters Patent bodies
- Bodies established by Statute
We have conducted numerous legal structural reviews and long term strategic planning initiatives for National bodies, State based bodies and Local bodies.
Letters Patent Bodies
Letters Patent bodies are an historical form of association that has been preserved. That is bodies who are formed on this basis can generally continue on this basis. There are very few lawyers who understand how this form of association works together with the functioning, powers and officeholder responsibility associated with it.
DGRs, PBIs and Gift Funds
We have established and amended many and varied Charitable Trusts.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander / ORIC Corporations
We act for a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporations, advising across the areas of corporate governance, structure, indigenous land transfers (native title claims), negotiations with mining companies, negotiations and disputes with State and Commonwealth governments, entitlement to charitable endorsements and other related issues.