BWB has a wealth of experience of advising faith-based organisations from across the spectrum of different faiths. We also advise and work with inter-faith and umbrella organisations in the sector.

We have a genuine interest in and commitment to the faith-based sector. Pooling the expertise of employment, charity, property, immigration and dispute resolution lawyers, we have brought together a multidisciplinary team to meet the demands of this sector most effectively.

Our Services

We provide a full range of legal services to faith-based organisations, including:

  • Establishment and registration
  • Governance and constitutional matters
  • Financing (including equity finance, loans and grants)
  • Contracts (including service level agreements)
  • Charity and company law
  • Equality issues
  • Intellectual property
  • Data protection
  • Freedom of information

Examples of Our Work

We have been involved in high-profile cases impacting on the sector. For example, our employment team acted for the faith-based organisation, the Leprosy Mission International, in a significant case concerning whether it was legitimate for an organisation only to employ staff of one faith. The case turned on the requirement for every employee in the organisation to contribute to collective worship and prayer within the office. The Employment Tribunal accepted that this gave rise to a genuine occupational requirement in respect of every post, because of the context in which the work of all staff was carried out.

Our immigration team has worked with faith-based clients in lobbying for changes to the Points Based System to allow members of their contemplative orders to stay in the United Kingdom on a long-term basis.