Gaining legal status Working as a partnership

Legal identity and governance models

You may be interested in the different legal options for setting up a new organisation to support the delivery of your Big Local plan.

This might be because you want to plan and run community services or events; to own or manage assets such as buildings; to trade as a social enterprise; to generate income to operate beyond Big Local; or to involve more people with appropriate experience and expertise.

This guidance describes the identity of Big Local partnerships in the eyes of the law, and raises questions to help you think about appropriate governance models. It also describes different types of governance models you could choose from, including a breakdown of their various features.

Big Local partnerships
Do you need a legal identity?
Issues to discuss and decide before you choose a legal identity
Types of governance model and their features