The ability to work co-operatively and collaboratively is one of the great strengths of the community sector. However, while much great work has been achieved when community organisation join forces, the legal landscape is becoming increasingly complicated, and choosing and implementing an appropriate arrangement for your plans can be a challenging process.
There are many ways that organisations can work together, with different levels of formality, different costs involved, and different risks raised.
The Guide below produced by Justice Connect to Working With Other Organisations sets out:
different arrangements that organisations can use to work together, from informal MOUs through to full mergers
the due diligence process, and
legal issues that can arise when working with other organisations such as governance, tax and charity status, real property and intellectual property, people and safety and privacy.