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Governing documents

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Why you should review your governing documents and how to go about changing them.

When an organisation is formally established it will adopt a governing document or set of rules. The governing document sets out the legal structure for the organisation.

Governing documents need to be periodically reviewed with professional help both to ensure they are still suitable for the organisation and to ensure that they are legally up to date.

To change your governing document you must comply with:

  • any amendment clauses in your governing document
  • charity law  
  • company law (for charitable companies).

The Charity Commission has produced detailed  guidance on making changes to your governing documentincluding in what circumstances you need the permission of the Charity Commission or Companies House (for charitable companies)

You can also apply to change your charity’s governing document online with the Charity Commission.

Page last edited Jul 10, 2017

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