Guidance

Appeal against a Charity Commission decision about your charity

How to appeal to an independent tribunal if you disagree with a Charity Commission decision about your organisation.

What you can appeal against

You can appeal if the Charity Commission:

  • refuses to register your charity
  • removes it from the register
  • refuses to let you change the charity’s governing document

You may be able to ask the tribunal to review other Charity Commission decisions – eg a decision to open an inquiry into your charity.

The Charity Commission and the Attorney General can also refer cases to the tribunal.

The tribunal

Your case will be dealt with by a tribunal in the General Regulatory Chamber.

The tribunal is independent of the government, and will listen to both sides of the argument before reaching a decision.

Time limits for appealing

You have 42 days to appeal after the Charity Commission sends you its decision.

If you miss the time limit, you can ask for more time to appeal. Explain why you’re late, and the tribunal will decide if it can still accept your case.

How to appeal

To appeal, fill in notice of appeal form.

Refer to the guidance notes and the NCVO guidance leaflet (PDF, 1.6MB).

Clearly say why you think the Charity Commission’s decision was wrong.

Explain your involvement with the charity – eg if you’re a trustee or someone affected by the decision.

Include any supporting documents, like the Charity Commission’s decision.

Send the form to grc@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk or:

General Regulatory Chamber
HM Courts & Tribunals Service
PO Box 9300
Leicester
LE1 8DJ

Telephone: 0300 123 4504

Tribunal staff can explain how the process works, but they can’t give you legal advice.

What happens next

The tribunal will write to you about the next steps.

Find out more about tribunal hearings and decisions.

List of current cases

New cases are listed on the register of current cases.

Previous decisions

Search the list of decisions to see how judges made decisions in previous cases.

Legislation and rules

The Charities Act 2011 contains rules on appealing to the tribunal.

Schedule 6 sets out what decisions can be appealed or reviewed.

You can read more detailed rules on how your appeal will be handled in the General Regulatory Chamber procedure rules.