Date and time: Tuesday 26th November 2019, 10am – 4pm
Location: Taunton, venue TBC
Course leader: Alex Lawrie, Somerset Co-operative Services CIC
Do you struggle to explain the different legal structures that social enterprises can use and what their consequences are? You don’t have to become a lawyer to know your way around them.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Select a legal structure for a social purpose, taking into account the requirements of membership, regulatory compliance, cost control, finance and posterity
- Advise others on the best legal structure, and judge when to direct them to more expert sources and bespoke solutions
- Distinguish between legal forms and organisational forms
- Pick out the key features of a governing document and express in plain English
- Deal effectively with registering bodies and explain your legal identity to partners
- Advise existing and prospective directors and officers of their rights and responsibilities.
Key resources to cascade to your team:
- Sources for model rules and useful templates
- A simple exercise for learning about social enterprise legal structures
- Easy checklists for briefings and guidance for directors and officers.
Alex Lawrie is a founder member of two housing co-ops (Cornerstone and Stepping Stones), Footprint Workers Co-operative, the Ecological Land Co-op, GO-OP and Somerset Co-operative Services CIC. He led the team that developed the Somerset Rules, now used by 30 co-operatives. He studied politics at Leeds University, Training Skills at the DSC, and Planning for Real at the Neighbourhood Initiatives Foundation. He is a SFEDI accredited social enterprise advisor. He is the author of ‘Empowering the Earth’ (Green Books, 2000) and ‘Simply Finance’ (Co-ops UK, 2011). In 2017 he completed a Masters Degree in Strategy, Change and Leadership at Bristol University.
‘Alex provided us with friendly professional and knowledgeable support” Oakfield Road Housing Co-operative, 2015
“The support we received was helpful and informative – it’s a pioneering service” West Somerset Community Land Trust