This week, it was announced by law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite that charities and small enterprises will now be able to access £1m of free legal resources.
This new support comes from the firm’s online tool, Get Legal, which is full of helpful content and bespoke legal documents which can be customised to your organisation. Documents, tips and blogs can be accessed by a voucher system on the site by some 15,000 individuals and organisations. There are additional resources such as free templates for new organisations to help set up the best legal structure and expert advice for the early stages. This invaluable tool comes at a time where funding in the Third Sector is particularly tight and administration cost need to be kept at a minimum.
The firm has said this tool comes from an understanding that many charities and social enterprises cannot afford access to any legal advice whatsoever. The firm also commented that it was committed to the third sector and has been designed to help charities and social enterprise access straightforward up to date legal documents devoid of jargon at a more affordable cost. The documents cover a range of current issues from employment to governance, and much more besides. There will also be documents available to purchase for one-tenth of the cost of appointing a solicitor to draft them for a charity.
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