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Discrimination rights for charity volunteers

13 Sep, 2019
As the law stands, volunteers who work with charities have no protections under discrimination law against harassment and victimisation. This is because, as a rule, their working...
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Dormant or inactive charities

27 Aug, 2019
Has your charity received an email from the Revitalising Trusts programme?   Back in 2018 the government’s Civil Society Strategy identified that £20m is being held in...
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Back to school for Charity Trustees

15 Aug, 2019
The Charity Commission continues to work through its heavy caseload of potential incidents of misconduct involving UK charities.   Though each case is unique, there are some...
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Charity trustees’ legal names must be displayed on charity register

3 May, 2019
Currently, charity trustees are able to use a ‘public display name’ on the charity register instead of their legal name.   However, from 1 September 2019 [but see update...
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Disposing of Charity Land (continued)

21 Feb, 2019
In my last blog post , I wrote generally about the pitfalls to be avoided when disposing of charity land.   This time I look at the special rules that apply where a charity...
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Disposing of Charity Land: Getting it wrong!

5 Feb, 2019
It is all too easy to get it wrong.  Unless exempt by law (exemption applies to, for example, most housing associations, various higher education institutions and Academy...
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Hosting speakers and debates at UK universities

25 Jan, 2019
“No platforming” stories at UK universities have become a familiar feature of the news. For example, back in 2016, Cardiff University attempted to ‘no platform’ Germaine...
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Why are the Consumer Rights (Payment Surcharges) Regulations such a big deal for charities?

28 Nov, 2018
by: Cripps Pemberton Greenish
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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