Charities & Social Enterprise

Acting for over 10% of Scotland’s 300 largest charities, our Charities & Social Enterprise team has a deep understanding of the specific challenges facing the third sector.

Recognised as legal charity experts by both The Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession and Legal 500, we are known for working with service driven charities on regulatory matters. Our team are skilled in advising on governance matters and regularly work with our clients on relationships amongst Board members, management and stakeholders. We remain heavily involved in developing and advising upon evolving structures between the public and third sectors, drawing upon combined team specialisms of: public law and procurement, grants, tax, IPR and data-protection in addition to base charity law and charity regulation.

We have seen growth in our involvement in high profile charity regulatory and governance matters, key Board agenda items such as data protection compliance, fundraising regulation and safeguarding and complex charity structuring involving detailed inputs on all aspects of tax law.

Our international charity client base and our social enterprise sphere is also growing, both as legal advisors and as facilitators. In 2018 Duncan Osler and Robin Fallas hosted social enterprise and public body leaders for ground-breaking talks on expanding partnerships and ideas. We have a dedicated focus on social care and service driven organisations, areas in which our team’s practical approach and in-depth sector knowledge is welcomed by clients.


Key areas of work include:

• Charitable Trusts
• Charity fundraising regulation
• Community Renewables / Enterprise
• Data protection compliance for the third sector
• Governance
• International and domestic social enterprises
• Pensions and employment
• Regulatory advice for service driven charities and third sector
• Service/Corporate Charity Structures and collaborations
• Social media and digital platforms for the third sector

Some of our clients

  • Leeds Cares
    We advised Leeds Cares throughout 2018 on a range of governance matters relating to the charity’s service provision. GDPR compliance was a key aspect and of particular importance with personal data being essential to the charity’s fundraising purposes and provision of its services.
  • CEIS
    We advise CEIS with all its legal requirements. Recent work has included corporate structuring and charity regulation considerations, funding arrangements, including EU funding considerations and GDPR.
  • Greenpeace
    Advised Greenpeace on their cross-jurisdiction GDPR compliance project including extensive data protection advice across each of their business functions and provided co-ordinated territory-specific advice where necessary.
  • Project Trust
    Provided advice on matters surrounding: children and consent, international transfers of information to host-countries, appointment of data protection officers and the review of draft documents prepared by the Trust.
  • MacRoberts is praised for its "excellent level of service and quality of advice, and for its solutions-focused approach".

    Legal 500
  • "The 'personal approach combined with their legal knowledge results in a high level of satisfaction from clients'."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Their approach to supporting clients over and above the provision of legal services is fantastic."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession

Charities & Third Sector

MacRoberts is a leading adviser to charities, the third sector and social enterprise in Scotland and we have a deep understanding of the issues and challenges facing the sector.

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