We want charities and voluntary and community organisations to be the very best that they can be.

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Governance is about running your organisation.

We provide charity law seminars delivered by a charity law solicitor. These will be advertised on our training section.

Each seminar will provide a summary of charity law updates, a themed workshop and a question and answer session. These seminars are for registered charities based in Leeds and exempt charities based in Leeds.

If you are looking for training on governance issues including the duties of trustees please go to our training section.

If you want to find legislation then there is a simple way to do so: go to You will see a search box. Simply type in the name of the legislation that you wish to see. Here is  a list of the main legislation that underpins governance and the various legal structures:

  • The Charities Act 2011
  • The Charities Act 1992
  • The Charities (Protection and Social Investment)Act 2016
  • The Trustee Act 2000
  • The Charitable Incorporated Organisations (general) Regulations 2012; statutory instrument number 3012
  • The Companies Act 2006
  • Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014”


In this section:
The Good Governance Code

Good Governance: A Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector is a guide written by voluntary organisations for voluntary organisations.

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Formally ending an organisation can be referred to as: closure; closing; closing down; dissolving; dissolution or winding up.

Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs)

Clubs that provide facilities for amateur sport make up an important part of the voluntary sector.

Health Check
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What Support Do You Need? Find out with our Health Check Diagnostic tool.


You might think that membership is not very complicated, but not understanding the roles of members can result in very complicated confusion!

Chairs' Page
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There are no specific legal responsibilities for the chair other than those that apply to directors and trustees generally. There may be additional responsibilities for the role that are contained in...

Recruitment of trustees

There is only one thing harder than recruiting trustees for your charity and that is the removal of unsuitable trustees. So, your charity needs to get things right from the outset. Planning is everyth...


Charities exist to benefit the public. The Charity Commission regulates charities in England and Wales.


A company is a corporate body registered with Companies House. Companies are subject to the Companies Act 2006.

The Charity's Home

Your charity may simply be renting an office somewhere or the charity may be running a community centre. This section will help your charity to find the necessary help and resources in respect of comm...

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