Charities & not-for-profit law

Whether you want to register a charity or joint venture, or organise a not-for-profit, a benevolent fund or other structure, we have unique insight into best-practice protocols around charity and not-for-profit laws in Australia and overseas.

Charity & Non-Profit Legal Support

Experienced lawyers providing expert advice on charity and not-for-profit laws in Australia and overseas.
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what we do

Our lawyers are actively involved in the charity and not-for-profit sector and we are well positioned to understand the broader culture and context of any charity or not-for-profit advice and to tailor our advice accordingly. Specifically, we support you with legal aid and advice on:

Our experienced team assists in selecting the most appropriate legal structure, such as trusts, societies, or non-profit corporations, tailored to your organisation’s goals. We meticulously prepare comprehensive governing documents, including constitutions, bylaws, and policies, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations. Trust us to navigate the intricacies of charity and non-profit law, empowering your organisation to make a positive impact while operating within a solid legal framework.

Meeting legislative and regulatory requirements

Our experienced team of lawyers provides comprehensive guidance to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. From assisting with registration and governance to navigating tax-exempt status and reporting obligations, we help you navigate the complex legal landscape.

GST compliance and availability of duty exemptions

Our knowledgeable team assists organisations in navigating the complexities of Goods and Services Tax (GST) regulations, ensuring proper compliance to avoid penalties and maintain tax-exempt status. We also specialise in maximising available duty exemptions, helping charities and non-profit entities optimise their resources for their noble causes.

Fundraising registration

Our knowledgeable team assists organisations in navigating the intricate requirements and regulations surrounding fundraising activities. We ensure compliance with state and federal laws, offering comprehensive support throughout the registration process. Trust our experienced solicitors to help you meet the necessary obligations, allowing you to focus on your charitable mission while building donor confidence.

Employment law

We understand the unique challenges that charitable organisations and non-profits face when it comes to employment relationships. Our experienced solicitors offer comprehensive advice and representation on matters such as employment contracts, discrimination issues, wage and hour compliance, and employee rights. We are dedicated to helping you navigate the intricacies of Employment Law, ensuring your organisation remains legally compliant and your employees are treated fairly.

Corporate governance

We provide expert guidance to charitable organisations, ensuring they maintain the highest standards of accountability, transparency, and ethical practices. Our experienced solicitors assist in structuring effective governance frameworks, advising on board responsibilities, compliance with regulations, and risk management. With our tailored solutions, we help foster trust, enhance organisational efficiency, and promote the long-term success of charitable entities.

Government funding advice

We understand the critical role that government funding plays in supporting your organisation’s mission. Our knowledgeable solicitors offer strategic guidance to navigate the complex landscape of government grants and contracts, ensuring compliance, maximising funding opportunities, and effectively managing relationships with government entities.

Establishment of charitable trusts and bequest clauses in Wills

Our knowledgeable team specialises in charity and nonprofit law, ensuring that your philanthropic intentions are legally protected. Whether you wish to create a trust for a specific cause or include charitable provisions in your will, we provide personalised guidance to maximise the impact of your charitable giving. Trust Warlows Legal to navigate the complexities of establishing charitable trusts and bequest clauses, helping you leave a lasting legacy that supports the causes you care about.

Intellectual property advice

We understand the unique challenges faced by charitable organisations in protecting their intellectual assets. Our experienced team guides you through trademark registration, copyright protection, and licensing strategies tailored to the non-profit sector. With our expertise, you can secure your brand identity, preserve artistic works, and effectively navigate intellectual property issues.

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litigation and dispute resolution

With a wealth of experience in handling complex disputes, our skilled solicitors provide strategic guidance and representation in resolving conflicts efficiently and effectively. Whether it’s contractual disputes, governance issues, or regulatory compliance matters, trust Warlows Legal to advocate for your organisation’s mission while achieving favourable outcomes through our expertise in litigation and dispute resolution.

risk assessment

Our dedicated team of legal experts helps organisations identify and mitigate potential risks, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations. With extensive experience in the sector, we provide tailored risk assessment strategies that address governance, financial management, compliance, and reputational risks.

partnerships and collaboration

Our dedicated team of solicitors understands the unique legal challenges faced by these entities and is committed to helping them forge successful partnerships. From structuring and negotiating partnerships to drafting effective collaboration agreements, we ensure that your organisation’s interests are protected while fostering mutually beneficial relationships.

tax exemptions

We understand the unique challenges faced by organisations in obtaining and maintaining their tax-exempt status. With our in-depth knowledge of applicable regulations and extensive experience in the field, we provide tailored solutions to ensure your organisation maximises tax benefits while remaining compliant. Trust us to guide you through the complexities of tax exemption applications, reporting obligations, and ongoing compliance, allowing you to focus on your charitable mission.


We understand the unique legal needs of charitable organisations and nonprofit entities. Our experienced solicitors provide comprehensive contract services tailored to the specific requirements of your organisation. From drafting and reviewing contracts to negotiating terms and resolving disputes, we ensure that your agreements align with legal obligations and protect your organisation’s interests.

property transactions

We provide comprehensive legal guidance to charitable organisations, navigating the intricacies of buying, selling, leasing, or transferring property. With a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by nonprofits, we ensure compliance with applicable regulations and optimise transactions for the benefit of your organisation.


Our knowledgeable team understands the unique financial considerations and regulatory landscape that governs the sector. We offer comprehensive legal advice to ensure your investments align with your organisation’s mission and comply with applicable laws. From assessing investment opportunities to navigating fiduciary duties and regulatory compliance, we assist you in making informed decisions that maximise your organisation’s financial sustainability while upholding its charitable objectives.

joint ventures

In the realm of charities and not-for-profit law, joint ventures play a crucial role in advancing shared missions and maximising impact. Our experienced team specialises in navigating the complexities of joint ventures for nonprofit organisations. From structuring and negotiating agreements to ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, we provide comprehensive guidance. We help you form strategic partnerships, foster collaboration, and achieve your organisation’s goals while maintaining transparency, accountability, and legal compliance in the realm of joint ventures.

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