Our Expertise


Russell Kennedy uses clear thinking and practical legal guidance to successfully manage matters for not-for-profit organisations.

It is a challenging time for the not-for-profit sector, and those of us practicing not-for-profit Law as legal and compliance issues increase, state and commonwealth government legislation regularly changes and operating costs rise. At Russell Kennedy we make a difference to our clients’ by providing value for money and practical legal services.

We have acted for clients in the not-for-profit sector for more than 25 years. We understand how legal and compliance issues impact on their ability to provide services which assist, support, guide and inform the community sectors in which they operate.

Our not-for-profit clients include charities, faith based organisations, health, aged care and retirement living operators, education providers, social housing, disability providers, industry associations and clubs.

With a shared purpose of integrity, teamwork, diversity and working collaboratively, we pursue high standards of legal service and the intent to leave a positive impact on our community.

Working with our clients’ goals in mind, we offer a range of services to the not-for-profit sector:

  • structuring advice and legal documentation for the establishment of operations
  • corporate governance
  • regulatory compliance
  • risk management
  • protection of intellectual property, including copyright and trademark registrations
  • competition requirements
  • grant applications and funding agreements
  • fundraising
  • service delivery requirements
  • charitable giving and structuring including charitable trusts and ancillary funds
  • property and commercial transactions
  • taxation endorsement and concessions
  • submissions to government
  • employment and workplace health and safety
  • licensing and accreditation
  • dispute resolution

We collaborate with industry associations who support and assist not-for-profit organisations, particularly in the health and aged care sector where Russell Kennedy is a market leader in the provision of legal services. 

In 2013 Russell Kennedy launched NFPinsight – a website developed as a resource to support charities and not-for-profit organisations as they face the challenges affecting the sector including the implementation of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.

Features of NFPinsight include an overview of reforms affecting the sector, important dates and deadlines for charities and Not-for-profits, articles written by our expert team, guidance on how to prepare for the changes, a list of future Russell Kennedy events and speaker engagements relevant to Not-for-profits and links to a variety of government and other resources.  You can view the site here

Russell Kennedy lawyers have served on boards, advisory organisations, foundations and research institutes including:

  • Western Health Foundation
  • Connections UnitingCare
  • Uniting AgeWell
  • Vision Australia Limited
  • Peninsula Community Legal Centre
  • Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission
  • Several medical colleges

Winner of Best Provider to the Government and Community Sector in BRW 2014 Client Choice Awards.

BRW Client Choice 2014 Winner CMYK1