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Environmental Justice

NGOs & Charities

Kate Harrison
Kate Harrison
Consultant
Alice Goodenough
Alice Goodenough
Partner
Susan Ring
Susan Ring
Partner
Magdalena Gray
Magdalena Gray
Solicitor

We act for NGOs, campaign groups and charities. As well as litigating on their behalf, for example through judicial reviews or freedom of information requests, we can help with day-to-day governance and regulation.

We have an in-depth knowledge of the type of structure that suits different types of organisations. Whether you are a charity, community interest company, registered housing provider, campaign or interest group, not for profit organisation or NGO we can assist you in ensuring you have the correct legal structure to match your needs.

Why Hodge Jones & Allen?

Our leading solicitors regularly advise charitable clients on the requirements of charity law, and on the role of the Charity Commission. We provide a range of services to ensure the good governance and smooth running of charitable and other not-for-profit organisations, such as the requirements of data protection law, or the law regulating campaign spending in the run up to elections.

We have particular expertise in advising groups on legal aspects of specific campaigns. Our experience includes co-ordinating a number of different interest groups within complex legal actions. We’re committed to providing excellent legal services to such groups, with particular sensitivity to the financial pressures that they may face.

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Formation solicitors

We have particular experience in assisting in the formations of NGOs, campaign groups, charities and other not-for-profit organisations. We have experience of ensuring the correct structure is used when setting up the new organisation. We are committed to providing excellent and cost-effective legal services to these groups, with particular sensitivity to the financial pressures that these groups may face.

We regularly form new charities, other not for profit organisations and companies limited by guarantee. We understand the benefit of different organisations and are able to advise which works best in different circumstances.

"OUTSTANDING... ABILITY TO ASCERTAIN WHAT A CLIENT IS LOOKING FOR AND THEN BRING... CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW TO BEAR." - CHAMBERS & PARTNERS

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Regulatory issues

We have particular experience in advising NGOs, campaign groups, charities and other not-for-profit organisations on the many regulatory issues they face.

Our experience includes advising environmental and other campaign groups on the legal aspects of campaigns, using law to advance campaign aims, advising campaign groups on proposed changes in the law and on legal aspects of consultations.

We advise charitable clients on the requirements of charity law, and on the role of the Charity Commission. This includes the regulatory powers of the Charity Commission and the Electoral Commission.

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Governance solutions

Issues we can assist on include drafting of Articles of Association, constitutions and advice on roles and responsibilities. Our clients include local community and interest groups, charitable trusts, charitable housing associations and registered social housing providers, along with larger well established organisations charities. We provide a range of services to ensure the good governance and smooth running of organisations.

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Campaigning

Many of our clients are campaigning organisations. We have experience in advising NGOs, campaign groups, charities and other not-for-profit organisations on the legal issues they face in campaigning. This experience includes co-ordinating a number of different interest groups within complex legal actions. We are committed to providing excellent and cost-effective legal services to these groups, with particular sensitivity to the financial pressures that these groups may face.

Our experience includes advising large and small environmental and other campaign groups on the legal aspects of campaigns; and on using law to advance campaign aims, advising on proposed changes in the law, and on legal aspects of consultations, advising NGO clients in civil cases involving trespass, damage to property and disruption as part of protests.

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Case study

We acted for Greenpeace UK in their successful cross-appeal before the information tribunal. The tribunal concluded that the Environment Agency is a body external of government and so information disclosed to them by government departments falls outside of the “internal communications” exception in the Environmental Information Regulations. This meant that the Cabinet Office is required to release sections of a secret report on fracking.

Learn more about this case here.

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