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Why are the Consumer Rights (Payment Surcharges) Regulations such a big deal for charities?

28 Nov, 2018
Charities often take payments for memberships and merchandise in order to raise funds.  In common with many commercial businesses, they have often sought to pass on to the...
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Community interest companies now able to convert into charitable incorporated organisations

1 Nov, 2018
A community interest company (CIC) is a limited liability company, designed for social enterprises. A CIC has the specific aim of providing a benefit to a community and must use...
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Court of Appeal decision about the duties of members of charitable companies

29 Aug, 2018
It all started with a …..divorce.   In 2013, hedge fund billionaire, Sir Christopher Hohn and his then wife, Ms Jamie Cooper were the subject of a high profile divorce...
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Digital trustees: digital savviness keeps charities current

1 Aug, 2018
In the digital era in which we live,  evolving with the marketplace and changing modes of communication is essential.  While some charities may prefer to avoid the digital realm...
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Employing trustees: why charity should not begin at home

12 Jul, 2018
A  case report published this month by the Charity Commission has highlighted the legal and reputational risks which arise where a charity employs and pays a salary to one of its...
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Charities: the health & safety aspects of running fundraising events

16 May, 2018
As we finally move into warmer months, there will be a noticeable increase in the number of  charities running events, especially outdoor physical ones.   “Health and...
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Charities dreaming of a pay-cut for sleep-in shift workers

15 May, 2018
Sleep-in shift workers should not be entitled to the national minimum wage for time spent asleep at work, according to the UK charity Mencap.   Mencap recently argued its case...
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Charities: when does a campaign become political activity and why does it matter?

30 Apr, 2018
Charity X is a fictional dog charity and is running a campaign to promote healthy lifestyles for pet dogs based on exercise, diet and mental stimulation.   Charity Y is also a...
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“Going back to school…

13 Apr, 2018
…can be expensive, especially if the owner of a former school site has not taken into account  the risk of reverter under the School Sites Act 1841.   That 1841 Act was...
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New guidance for charities: improving cyber security

13 Apr, 2018
In February this year the National Cyber Security Centre (‘NCSC’), which is part of GCHQ, published the results of the first assessment of cyber threat to UK charities...
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Law Commission proposals for charities

4 Apr, 2018
  The Government’s response to the Law Commission’s proposals for simplifying charity law is due.  Perhaps BREXIT is higher on their list of priorities but it would be...
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New rules for disqualifying charity trustees and senior managers

16 Mar, 2018
Under the Charities Act 2011 persons are disqualified from acting as a trustee of a charity if they have an unspent conviction for dishonesty or deception offences, have been...
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Lessons to be learned for the charity sector from the Oxfam (and other) scandals

7 Mar, 2018
When the Charity Commission updated and republished their safeguarding policy on 6 December 2017, I wonder whether they realised how timely that advice would be?   Since the...
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Converting a charitable company to a charitable incorporated organisation

23 Jan, 2018
Historically there have been two main types of legal structure available to charities and not-for profit organisations -  a charitable trust or a charitable company limited by...
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Responding to sexual harassment claims in the charity sector

15 Jan, 2018
In our last blog post, we looked at the Charity Commission’s new safeguarding strategy. This blog post looks specifically at allegations of sexual harassment and best practice...
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New safeguarding strategy published by the Charity Commission

5 Jan, 2018
Sadly, it seems that charities are not immune to the recent sexual harassment scandals that have rocked Hollywood and then Westminster. An investigation by the Times recently...
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The legal status of full-time volunteers

13 Nov, 2017
Charities rely heavily on their volunteers but would giving full-time volunteers legal status be helpful or a hindrance?   Currently, full-time volunteers have no legal status...
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Charities: How GDPR compliance can work for you

1 Nov, 2017
There is little dispute within the charity sector that the prospect of preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its potential impact on charitable...
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Selling charity land: the do’s and don’ts

16 Oct, 2017
When it comes to selling land, with property likely to be the most valuable asset on the books for most charities, trustees are under specific obligations to ensure that any...
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The new Charity Governance Code and why it's important

6 Oct, 2017
  "Apply or Explain"   The new Charity Governance Code (the Code) was published in July this year. It has been described as “Essential reading for all trustees” by the...
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