The Charities (Jersey) Law 2014 (the "Charities Law")
is being brought into force on a staged basis, beginning today, as
part of the Island's initiative to strengthen and develop
Jersey's position as a centre of excellence for philanthropic
wealth management. It is being implemented in stages, to allow for
various preliminary matters to be completed first, before the
Charities Law becomes fully effective. These preliminary matters
include the appointment of the Charity Commissioner, the issuance
of guidance by the Commissioner, and the introduction of supporting
regulations and orders.
During this initial stage, whilst only certain provisions are in
force, the remainder of the Charities Law will effectively be
dormant, so that the customary law of Jersey in respect of what is
charitable will continue to apply, and it will not be possible to
register as a charity under the Charities Law.
Trusts and foundations are the two key structures used for
philanthropy in Jersey, with the Trusts (Jersey) Law 1984 and the
Foundations (Jersey) Law 2009 both placing a strong emphasis on the
importance of flexibility, allowing for the creation of structures
tailored to meet individual client requirements. Once the Charities
Law becomes fully effective, it will complement these two pieces of
legislation by offering a system of registration in the Island, for
those wishing to register structures as charities.
Jersey is an attractive jurisdiction in which to establish
philanthropic structures for a variety of reasons. As well as
allowing clients to pursue philanthropic ventures tailored to their
own particular passions, the Island offers:
stability (politically, economically and geographically);
a robust and highly regarded regulatory regime;
a well-respected judicial system with adherence to the rule of
a depth and breadth of experience amongst its professional
Added to this list is the fact that Jersey is readily accessible
from the UK (with several daily flight connections and a flying
time to London of under an hour) so that, for clients with business
interests or family connections in London or elsewhere in the UK,
choosing the Island also makes logistical and practical sense.
Please see our
briefing in relation to charities registering under the
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