Thursday 5 September
11.00am to 12.30pm
£0 to £25
Online via Zoom

Group of people sat around a table smilingThis session gives you the chance to learn more about the different structures, the pros and cons of each and key issues to consider when deciding which one might be best for your organisation.

We will cover:

  • Pros and Cons of Registered Charity status
  • Charity legal structures
  • Legal structures for ‘non-profits’ which are NOT charities
  • Key factors in choosing between different legal structures
  • Summary of legal structures
  • Registering a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with the Charity Commission
  • Converting an existing Charity or a Community Interest Company (CIC) to a CIO
  • Setting up a CIC at Companies House


Please let us know if you would like closed captions during the session.

We can send slides in advance if this would help you to take part. Please email

As this is a short session, we do not have a planned break. The session will be recorded and sent round afterwards if you need to step away.

Online meetings can be challenging for people – feel free to contact Community Works staff during the session through the chat box with anything that has come up.

If there is anything else we can do to make this event accessible to you, please let us know.

Portrait of Tim

Trainer Bio:

After qualifying as a solicitor, Tim left to be the manager of a charity where he had volunteered in most of his spare time for several years. Then after 10 years in the charity sector, he returned to being a solicitor specialising in corporate law, intellectual property and charity law. For smaller local charities and community groups he provided free advice and in 2014 he was awarded the inaugural Community Works ‘Sector Star’ award for greatest contribution to the community by a business. Since retiring as a solicitor in March 2020, Tim continues to provide advice for local charities and community groups as a volunteer with Community Works.