BTO Solicitors LLP

Charities Department

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Well known for in-depth understanding of charity regulation and OSCR’s requirements, regulatory role and intervention powers, strengthened by Marion Davis’s accredited specialism in charity law and her earlier secondment to OSCR.

Advice on transition to charity status and the implications of charity law on all aspects of the operations and governance of charity clients. Our cross-disciplinary team addresses charity law issues as they arise, whether contract, property, regulatory, litigation or employment law, providing insightful recommendations and highlighting implications at each stage.

Specialists in complex reorganisation applications to OSCR under the Charities and Trustees Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, an invaluable option for clients constituted by Act of Parliament or trust deeds, where no other reorganisation route exists. Regularly provide training on charity law, regulatory and governance matters.

Clients range from international organisations and large national bodies to small grant-giving charities and voluntary organisations. Recent work includes:

•    Whistleblowing International Network: Incorporation and registration as charity (SCIO) within 3 weeks of application.

•    Students’ Association of the University of the West of Scotland: Move from unincorporated association to company.

•    Successful defence of a Court application by OSCR for disqualification of a trustee.

•    Royal National Lifeboat Institution, all issues arising including property matters.


Davis, Marion (Head of Department)

Fabien, Patrice

Gibson, David

Motion, Paul


Argyll Community Housing Association Ltd

Assumption Studios


Craigdale Housing Association Limited

East Ayrshire Carers Centre

Epilepsy Scotland

Greenock Arts Guild Limited

Hillhead Housing Association 2000

McSence Limited

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Scottish Housing Associations Resource for Education

Students’ Association of the University West of Scotland

The Architectural Heritage Fund

The Citizens Theatre

The Scottish Cremation Society Limited

University of Strathclyde Students’ Association (USSA)

West Lothian College

Whistleblowing International Network



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