Charities and Voluntary Organisations

What We Do

We have acted for many charities and voluntary bodies since the firm was founded over 35 years ago. We understand the ethos and approach of voluntary organizations and take this into account in our advice to our clients.

We provide legal advice to:

  • Religious congregations;
  • Churches and parish authorities;
  • Schools;
  • Voluntary organisations involved in relief work in Ireland and abroad;
  • Charities;
  • Non profit organisations;
  • GAA clubs;
  • Sports clubs; and
  • Religious organisations.

We understand the ethos and approach of voluntary bodies and take this into account in our advice to our clients.

The type of legal work we do includes:

  • Dealing with the property of charitable bodies and trust companies.
  • Formation of trust companies to hold the property of charities and religious congregations.
  • Regularising the title to the properties of charitable bodies, parishes and congregations.
  • Setting up charities and non profit organisations: Forming charitable companies through which charities can carry out their work and obtaining charitable status from the Revenue Commissioners.
  • Acting as lawyers for charities in relation to employment law, health and safety matters, child protection measures and general legal matters.
  • Negotiating with other bodies on behalf of charities and religious bodies.
  • Dealing with all the documentary, legislative and regulatory requirements of charities so that they can apply themselves to their work
  • Advising sports clubs in relation to regulatory and disciplinary matters within their clubs.
  • Dealing with the legal requirements of National Lottery Grants to sports clubs.
  • Advising schools and school boards on relations with parents, discipline matters, enrolment policy, child protection, employment matters, personal injury cases and general legal advice.
  • Obtaining club and lottery licences.

“I am really pleased to recommend Niall Farrell of Patrick J. Farrell & Co, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Working on behalf of the Sisters of Mercy, South Central Province, Ireland during the past four years I have found Niall to be efficient, solution orientated and very accurate in dealing with some extremely complicated title to property. His availability to us as clients, despite a busy practice, both pleases and amazes me. He has been conscious and helpful in ensuring that the assets of the Mercy Charity are protected and reminded us of our legal responsibilities to all concerned in every transaction”

Sr. Anne Doyle

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