Piper Alderman is a leading national commercial law firm with a dedicated team of partners specialising in advising charities and not for profit organisations.
In an era where not-for-profit organisations need to be increasingly sophisticated to respond to the rapidly changing social, regulatory, governance and funding landscape, we aim to develop a comprehensive understanding of your organisation’s requirements and aspirations and the environment in which you operate, facilitating more effective, targeted and responsive legal advice.
We aim to partner with your organisation to assist you to achieve your objectives and minimise your risks.
Our partners have unique expertise advising the not-for-profit sector, particularly in the area of governance issues.
We also provide specialist advice to not-for-profit clients in relation to complex structuring and restructuring arrangements.
We often advise on organisation and board structuring, particularly in circumstances of significant organisational upheaval, including designing frameworks to facilitate transparency or stakeholder input, or the appointment and retention of board members with the appropriate mix of skills.
We have acted on numerous mergers of not-for-profit entities, strategic alliances, board spills, transitions from incorporated associations to public companies limited by guarantee and other complex structuring arrangements.
Products and services
In addition to this specialised advice, our not-for-profit group provides a variety of specific legal services in the following areas:
- corporate governance and risk management;
- ACNC, Charities Act and Corporations Act compliance;
- regulatory issues;
- dispute resolution;
- employment relations and employment law issues;
- intellectual property, trade marks and licensing;
- property, planning and environment;
- government contracting;
- National Disability Insurance Scheme requirements; and
- charitable registration, fundraising requirements and deductible gift recipient endorsement.
Examples of work
Piper Alderman works in various sectors including child care services, education and schools, aged care, emergency services, health and life sciences, medical research, professional organisations, disability services, sporting and recreation and overseas aid.