Posted on 21/04/2017 in
Brand New Legal Status Toolkits for member clubs thanks to our legal advisors Morton Fraser LLP
Scottish Gymnastics is delighted to renew our partnership with leading law firm Morton Fraser who have been our legal advisors for the past year.
Whilst the first year of the partnership focused on legal status for clubs, this year will see advice offered over a more diverse range of topics.
Paul Geoghan, Senior Associate at Morton Fraser, said: "We are delighted that Scottish Gymnastics has renewed our appointment as an approved legal adviser to member clubs of Scottish Gymnastics for a further year.
“Over the last 12 months, we have worked closely with Scottish Gymnastics to support member clubs who have been considering changing their legal status. This work has included presenting seminars in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as the preparation of legal toolkits to assist member clubs seeking to incorporate as a company limited by guarantee or as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO).
“In the next 12 months, our focus will be on providing member clubs with guidance on a number of matters such as data protection, governance and property. We will also continue to be available to assist member clubs with any legal issues which they may have".
We recognise a large percentage of our member clubs are unincorporated associations and perhaps unaware of the risks and liabilities that legal status brings.
As such, in partnership with Morton Fraser, 2016 saw us host seminars to raise awareness with clubs of legal status options. From those workshops, Morton Fraser have been supporting several clubs review and change their status.
To help clubs with this transition, we have produced two legal toolkit documents in partnership with Morton Fraser to assist member clubs through the step by step process of incorporation either as a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation) or a Company limited by guarantee, offering templates of the paperwork needed to accomplish a change in status.
Paul added: "Whilst the documents included within the toolkits are templates, and may not therefore cater for every club's specific circumstances, it is hoped that they provide a helpful starting point for member clubs and facilitate discussion on key issues relating to any proposed incorporation".
If your club is considering a status change please take a look at the slides and video from last year’s seminars and then the legal toolkits can help you with the process. Paul is available to support you every step of the way so do not hesitate to get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org