Many charities may be facing a period of evaluation with a visit from the Charity Commission this summer.
The Commission recently reviewed its approach to regulation, however, despite such visits having been in place for a while, the thousands of charities yet to be seen are still unsure as to their purpose and what they need to do.
One leading law expert is now advising charities to review their paperwork and procedures in advance to avoid timely and often costly discoveries.
"Many charities have taken great leaps in terms of the work they do and the presence they have. However, the problem is that although more charities are now behaving as businesses, their internal processes have not always caught up," said Stephen Claus, a senior associate at Birmingham and London law firm Martineau Johnson.
"The Charity Commission aims to work in partnership with charities and its visits are clearly structured and designed to be mutually beneficial. Some basic preparation will therefore stand most charities in good stead.
"Many charities will have developed from voluntary organisations to fully-fledged businesses with employees and liabilities.
"As a result of this often fast-paced growth, many of the charities' policies and procedures will not have caught up."
Before a visit, the Charity Commission will seek to obtain information from a charity, such as employee handbooks, financial accounts and any specific news.
This enables it to measure the charity in question against certain criteria and subsequently produce a report identifying legal and voluntary requirements.