Gilbert + Tobin has taken the advice of one of its lawyers to launch a new practice group aimed at servicing the growing legal demands on charities and not-for-profits.
The group has been labelled the Third Sector Advisory Group and will primarily be run by Darren Fittler, a senior corporate advisory lawyer with the firm, who is looking to service the growing transparency and accounting needs of the not-for-profit sector.
It will be a sub-group of the corporate practice, with partners Adam Laura, Deborah Johns and Peter Feros providing assistance and supervisions.
For Fittler, the new group comes off the back of a proposal he presented to the firm's senior management.
"I put a case-study to Danny Gilbert and the Board to see if we could set-up a fee for services group called the Third Sector Advisory Group, they said yes and here we are," Fittler said.
Fittler added that his vision for the group is to have three to four full-time lawyers working in it in the near future, with a dedicated partner at the top.
The practice group will draw on a broad variety of skills and expertise within the firm, especially those that have already developed special knowledge of charities and not-for-profits.
"We have a real passion for and commitment to the not-for-profit sector and wish to draw together the broad range of knowledge, expertise and skills within G+T in this area," said Fittler.
"We are looking forward to building our new Third Sector Advisory Group, providing legal assistance specifically tailored for the not-for-profit sector and bringing G+T's extensive commercial law experience and flair for innovation and strategic solutions to the sector."
The group expects to focus on areas relating to the not-for-profit sector like charitable trusts, establishing and structuring new entities, fundraising and corporate governance, compliance and more general legal advisory areas like website terms and conditions, funding and consultancy agreements.
Fittler said he expects to see the Group assist not-for-profits across a wide range of areas including universities, sporting clubs and corporate clients looking to establish charitable foundations.