What people say about us:

“Excellent – absolutely fantastic. We appreciate their advice, but also having it in layman’s terms. ..” . [Chambers UK]

“At the pinnacle of the legal market in Northern Ireland for Charities matters” – Chambers UK 2016.

Our charities team is different – it’s all about the people – the service users, the beneficiaries, the charity trustees and acting in the best interests of the charity.
Look no further than the Edwards & Co.’s team led by Partner, Jenny Ebbage, she is described as an “absolute fount of knowledge with great passion in charity work”. “Her knowledge of our sector cannot be under-estimated, as well as her skill set and understanding”. [Chambers UK]

Our approachable and pragmatic lawyers offer a knowledgeable and professional service. We have a strong attachment to the charities and voluntary sector which is a key part of the Edwards & Co structure and ethos.

We deal with the day-to-day such as engagement with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, DfC Charities Branch and other regulators affecting the sector. We focus on registration, compliance and governance and have a particular knowledge of trading, joint ventures, mergers and restructurings in the sector. We have strong relationships with other charity lawyers and expert charity accountants throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Ranked number 1 in Charities in Northern Ireland by Chambers UK and with the only leading band 1 practitioner, Jenny Ebbage. Added services: We also offer charities a range of other services including board training, completion of trustee annual reports and annual monitoring returns, advice on employment law in a charity context, dealings with charity property including new builds and have access to charity VAT specialists through outside relationships.

  • Again we are the only Law Firm in Northern Ireland ranked Band 1
  • Jenny is the only NI lawyer ranked Band 1 in Charities
  • Catherine is ranked as an Associate to Watch

Whether it is registration, starting up a social enterprise, legal structures for charities and not for profits, community interest companies, industrial and provident societies, housing associations, a new trading arm, reporting to the Commission, updating a governing document, thinking of a merger, joint venture or collaboration, speak to Jenny or Catherine at Edwards & Co. first.