Choosing the Right Legal Structure for Your Organisation

This brand new online course is designed for participants who are planning to set up a group to deliver activities and need to be informed about the choice of legal structure or are reviewing their existing structure to ensure that they have the most appropriate type to meet their aims and objectives. It is important to make a fully informed decision about the type of legal structure that is a ‘best fit’ for what you want to achieve. The training will not look at the application processes and forms or issues of general governance such as Insurance, policies and procedures that may need to be put in place. Participants who are not sure are therefore encouraged to attend the 3VA training session on ‘Setting up a Community group’ before joining this training.

This course aims to provide participants with:

  • Knowledge of the range and types of Legal Structures that provide not for profit activities
  • A general knowledge of the range of legal structures available.
  • An understanding of the distinction between incorporated and unincorporated models.
  • The ability to explain the governing and reporting arrangements for the key choice of structures available and in particular the Incorporated Charity and Community Interest Company models.

By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Understand the range of potential legal structures to choose from
  • Understand the way in which the key Incorporated models work and the benefits of both Community Interest Companies and Charitable Incorporated models
  • Understand how CIOs and CICs are regulated.
  • Undertake an analysis of the models (and the two types of CIO model) to best understand the strengths and weaknesses of each as potential structures to achieve your organisation’s vision.
  • Explain to others the key roles and responsibilities in CICs and CIOs – Trustees, Directors and Members
  • Understand the differences between Company Directors and Charity Trustees
  • Explain the role of the governing documents that are the Constitutions for legal structures and the key choices that can be made to adapt them to your meet your needs and preferences.

Target audience:

Individuals who are clear about the sort of service they are hoping to deliver. Individuals who are ready to consider the choice of legal structure to take forward their Vision and activities.

Please note that priority will be given to the groups working across 3VA areas (Eastbourne, Lewes District and Wealden). The numbers are strictly limited to 12 people per course, a maximum of 2 representative from each organization will have a confirmed place and further registrations will be put on a waiting list.


Member: £10

Non-member: £15

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