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New edition of ‘Simply Legal’ published

We are pleased to publish the third edition of our popular Simply Legal guide – all you need to know about legal forms and organisational types for co‑operatives and community owned enterprises.

The guide is essential reading for people interested in how to organise an enterprise in the social economy sector and the professionals that support them. The comprehensive update to Simply Legal takes account of significant changes within the sector, law changes and differences for organisations based in different areas of the UK.

Organisational types

Crucially, Simply Legal reflects the increased range of organisational types that now exist within the sector. This is as a result of people finding new and creative ways of organising and changes to the law for organisations registered as co-operative or community benefit societies. 

Expanded sections on charitable purpose

New for this edition of Simply Legal are two dedicated supplements providing information outlining the specific differences in charitable purposes for Scottish and Northern Irish charities.

→ Visit to download the guides.

  • Simply Legal – Legal forms and organisational types for co-operatives and community owned enterprises
  • Simply Legal – Scottish Charities supplement
  • Simply Legal – Northern Irish Charities supplement

Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, said:

"Co-operative and community business is booming – from digital start-ups to community owned pubs. Simply Legal is our classic in-depth guide to help organisations across the sector find the right way of organising. Updated with a mix of new information and approaches, this is an essential part of the community business toolkit.”

Simply Legal was first published in 2011, as part of a ‘simply’ series – at the time the most comprehensive suite of resources ever to be developed for community enterprises. Much of the information in these resources have been moved on to The Hive, a website and support programme for co-ops and community businesses.

The response so far...

Here are some great testimonials from co-op and community sector experts in response to the launch of the Simply Legal update:

“Simply Legal - the definitive guide to legal structures for anything worthwhile. Revised and updated.” Co-op Culture

“A must-have, incredibly useful for groups trying to work out how to set up.” Radical Routes‏

“A really useful publication.” Co-operative Futures‏

“[A] key UK co-operative movement document. It will stand the test of time and critical use by co-op developers and legal advisers around the country.” Calverts London

Written by Linda Barlow
Updated: 29/11/2018