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The aim of this Practice Note is to provide practical guidance on the execution of documents by incorporated charities. This Practice Note focuses on execution of documents after 6 April 2008. Advisers should only need to advise in relation to documents executed before 6 April 2008 where there is a dispute.
In this Practice Note it is assumed the contract is in writing.
Incorporated charities can be incorporated under the Companies Act 2006 (CA 2006) or Charities Act 2011 (CA 2011)—see CA 2006, s 44 or CA 2011, s 260.
Execution of deeds or contracts by incorporated charities will be governed by the relevant statute under which it is incorporated.
When executing documents by the company, execution can be achieved by either affixing the company seal or acting by its officers. When acting by its officers, the directors’ signatures do not have to be witnessed. For examples of suggested execution clauses see precedent: Execution clause—charities (incorporated)—contracts.
Execution by common seal is as simple as affixing the common seal and stating that the document is executed by the charitable company by affixing its seal. The seal is affixed in the presence of either two directors or a director and the secretary of the company
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