DF Mortimer & Associates is a boutique law firm with expertise in not-for-profit and charity law.
We provide technically excellent, cost effective and timely advice, relevant to the needs of our clients.
Our clients include not for profit organisation members and board members, private and public ancillary fund trustees, public museums, welfare funds and religious institutions.
Our areas of practice include:
•Dispute mediation and governance
•Charitable trusts, associations, companies and non-distributing co-operatives
•ACNC registrations, tax concessions and deductibility
• Employee and volunteer law
The Principal of DF Mortimer & Associates is Derek Mortimer. Derek has produced seminal work on microfinance and is acknowledged as Australia's leading legal authority on the community land trust affordable housing model. Derek also advised and authored the Fundraising Institute Australia code of professional practice and complaints process.
Derek is the author of chapters on Dispute Management and Structures in Thomson Reuters Not for Profit Best Practice Manual amongst other publications and presentations on not for profit law. Derek sits on the Law Institute Victoria commercial law executive committee where he reports on issues affecting not for profit law.
Derek is valued by his clients for his down to earth, empathetic approach towards their needs for legal assistance.
DF Mortimer & Associates Practice Manager is Shirley Graves-Mortimer. Shirley has been with the firm since 2006.
DF Mortimer & Associates provides advice, documentation and necessary liaison with the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission and other agencies in relation to Deductible Gift Recipient and concessionally taxed entities such as:
• Charitable Institutions
• Scholarship Funds
• School Building Funds
• Churches and faith based organisations
• Registered Environmental Organisations;
• Registered Cultural Organisations; and
• Public Art Galleries, Libraries and Museums
• Public Benevolent Institutions
• Registered Harm Prevention Charities
• Welfare Funds
DF Mortimer & Associates provides legal advice and documentation to establish, maintain and restructure legal entities including:
• Incorporated associations;
• Companies limited by guarantee;
• Proprietary limited companies (as trustee);
• Non-trading co-operatives; and
• Fixed trusts and discretionary investment trusts.
We assist boards of management and members of not for profit organisations with governance reviews and to address internal disputes.