Not-For-Profit Law

Background

Micah has been providing specialist NFP law services for almost 20 years.  Early in his career, Sparke Helmore’s Newcastle office had a substantial registered club and credit union practice.  Although we don’t normally consider these as NFPs in the charitable sense, they were “mutuals” – companies limited by guarantee (or co-operatives) with a particular purpose and certain tax exempt statuses.  Micah became the go to guy within that firm (Australia wide) for: mergers, constitution changes, NFP contracting and other similar matters for those clients.  A number of Hunter-based auditors also recognised this.

On his return to Newcastle in 2007, some of these auditors (who audited NFPS including housing providers, disability charities and faith-based entities) referred this same type of work to Micah.  His true NFP practice was born!  It has since become the Hunter’s premier NFP practice servicing NFPs throughout NSW (including their subsidiaries throughout Australasia).

Our NFP services:

  • Contracting;

  • Mergers;

  • Subsidiary and JV structuring;

  • Constitutions and member agreements;

  • Employment and subcontracting; and

  • Other more standard legal services such as property acquisition, leasing, development, commercial litigation and intellectual property protection and commercialisation.

 

Corporate governance experience and services

Micah’s legal expertise in the NFP space is augmented by his considerable board, committee and company secretarial experience in NFPs including a previous credit union board position (Companion Credit Union), Chair of Hunter JobLink Inc (a mental health charity which merged with the Samaritans), company secretary of Compass Housing and Aftercare; audit committee of Newcastle Council and the Newcastle Anglican Diocese; to name some examples.

We also provide a wide range of corporate governance services to NFPs, the details of which can be found here.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation

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