Buckles Solicitors LLP
Buckles Solicitors LLP provides a comprehensive range of legal services to businesses and individuals in the UK and internationally from offices in Peterborough, Nottingham and Stamford.
The firm prides itself on being straight talking, open and transparent, and so use plain language to talk to clients, not legal jargon. Buckles has an unparalleled depth of expertise across 15 service areas. Its strapline, "legally focused, relationship driven", underlines its commitment to providing clients with clear and concise legal advice combined with the very best client experience.
Care About You is an organisation that engages and empowers young people through a unique process of co-creation. It's an innovative project that starts with a story, then turns what happens next over to the group. Care About You uses forum theatre to explore the lives, decisions and dilemmas of two characters – Max & Antonia. Then each group is supported in creating a response to the drama, which could be a film, poetry, creative writing, a facilitated discussion or a debate.
Care About You are working towards the group’s response to the story, which will then feed into the story writing process – so all those who participate will influence the direction the story takes. The long term aim is is to bring all the different versions of the stories of Max & Antonia – created with groups across Europe – together.
Care about You approached ProHelp as they wanted to form a Community Interest Company (CIC), but didn’t know how to do this. They were helped by Buckles Solicitors LLP, who gave them advice on a range of formal and informal structures - Unincorporated Association, Charitable Trust, Company limited by guarantee, CIC and Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
Buckle's advice outlined the positives and negatives of each of the structures and provided Care About You with the information needed to make an informed decision about how to proceed. Buckles looked at considerations such as the key objectives of Care About You; what it was hoped the legal structure would achieve; whether Care About You was interested in obtaining charitable status; the source of long term funding; whether or not Care About You would be trading as a business; whether being a CIC would enable more funds to be raised; and whether the organisation would hold any assets.
After receiving and considering the advice, Care About You decided on the appropriate corporate structure. Buckles were then able to advise and assist on reviewing the documentation necessary for incorporation and providedi advice on the next steps in registering the organisation as a CIC. Care About You was successfully registered as a CIC in February 2013.
The project was completed in six weeks, and provided Care About You with professional work which would have cost £1,524 (exclusive of VAT), something the charity would have struggled to afford were it not for the ProHelp scheme.