We are instructed by Professor Stephen Hawking, Dr Colin Hutchinson, Professor Allyson Pollock, Professor Sue Richards and Dr Graham Winyard in a proposed judicial review of the Secretary of State for Health and NHS England's introduction of non-NHS bodies to run health and social services without proper public consultation and full Parliamentary scrutiny. These non-NHS bodies, called “Accountable Care Organisations” could be given “full responsibility” for NHS and adult social services. Further details on the case can be found at https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/jr4nhs-round2/
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.
We 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 experience 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 are committed to providing excellent legal services to these groups, with particular sensitivity to the financial pressures that they may face.
We advised a group which wanted to carry out humanitarian work in the UK and overseas, drafting the documents which reflected their structure and activities and set them up as a company limited by guarantee,
We advised a campaign group which did not want to be incorporated and helped draft a constitution for an unincorporated association which provided a clear framework for membership and governance.
For examples of our litigation on behalf of campaign groups, environmental and residents groups please see our section on reported cases.