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Charity law

Charities play a key role in the development of New Zealand society and our charity law expertise is behind many of the country’s most successful charities.

Establishment of charitable trusts

Kensington Swan assists charities with the establishment of their trust deed, registration with the Charities Commission, and incorporation of trust boards under the Charitable Trusts Act.

The organisations we have assisted to establish themselves as charitable trusts include:

  • Auckland Theatre Company
  • Arts Foundation of New Zealand
  • Imp2act Trust
  • The Kiwi Trust
  • Dine Aid
  • Katherine Mansfield Fellowship
  • Waterfront Theatre Limited

Ongoing legal advice

We also provide advice on trust deed amendments, compliance issues, sponsorship agreements, intellectual property, promotions and campaigns, and advise trustees on their investments and other obligations.

We assist with issues such as:

  • procedural formalities
  • procedural disputes
  • rule reviews and amendments
  • governance structures
  • compliance with filing requirements.

Kensington Swan’s trusts team collaborates with our experts in employment law, commercial law, intellectual property, property, and other areas to bring you seamless advice.

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