Law firm launches “Contracts in Confidence” review scheme for charities

hlw Keeble Hawson is inviting charities to take part in a ‘Contracts in Confidence’ review to ensure their agreements are robust and fit for purpose.

The scheme – which runs until December 10 – involves the firm’s lawyers reviewing in total confidence a variety of agreements which have a direct financial impact for the charities concerned – and which include commercial property leases, employment contracts, supplier agreements, intellectual property rights, privacy policies and statutory records.

A nominal fee of £50 per contract will be charged – bringing charities a range of cost savings depending upon the length and complexity of the agreement – with each organisation invited to submit one contract for review.

Organisations supporting the scheme include Involve Yorkshire & Humber, Volition and Voluntary Action Leeds.

Michele Todd, partner at hlw Keeble Hawson, said:  “From leasing office space to service provision, contracts are an essential part of every charity’s day-to-day running, but anecdotal evidence suggests that many of them do not understand their complexities – or the issues that can occur if contracts are not scrutinised.

“We understand that contracts can often be complex and this service reflects our ongoing support for local charities. In our roles as both lawyers and trustees, we witness at first-hand how a lack of clarity could weaken a charity’s position.”

hlw Keeble Hawson has a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility and a number of employees hold trustee posts. In the past few months alone the firm has provided over 100 hours of pro bono work for charity and raised more than £20,000 for regional charities in recent years.

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