New Laws And What They Mean For Charities

Advice and commentary on new laws and what they mean for charities.

Government defends proposal to make 'interveners' liable for judicial review costs

Government defends proposal to make 'interveners' liable for judicial review costs

Charities and other bodies that intervene in such cases would have to pay costs incurred by other parties if the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill passes into law unamended

How can charities comply with the new lobbying act?

How can charities comply with the new lobbying act?

The Electoral Commission's guidance on the subject has not had a warm reception. Sam Burne James reports

Removal of asset lock on dividends from CICs 'will encourage social investment', say lawyers

Removal of asset lock on dividends from CICs 'will encourage social investment', say lawyers

New legislation means community interest companies will be able to pay dividends of more than 20 per cent of their share value to individual shareholders in one year

Charitable status for journalism proceeds by one case at a time

Charitable status for journalism proceeds by one case at a time

Some publications already have charitable status as part of the broader activities of a charity, but one high-profile applicant has failed twice. Sam Burne James reports

Electoral Commission publishes full guidance on lobbying act compliance

Electoral Commission publishes full guidance on lobbying act compliance

It has produced 16 documents to help organisations comply with the act, which comes into force on 19 September, but some still feel it is ambiguous

Legal update: Charity Commission consults on changes to annual return

Legal update: Charity Commission consults on changes to annual return

The government has also dropped proposals to change the definition of a charity for tax purposes, writes Adrian Pashley

Birmingham council plans to challenge government's rejection of chugging by-law

Birmingham council plans to challenge government's rejection of chugging by-law

The by-law, which would have allowed the council to fine face-to-face fundraisers up to £500, was turned down by former local government minister Brandon Lewis

New law for cooperatives and community benefit societies

New law for cooperatives and community benefit societies

Some say the new legal structure will put industrial and provident societies on a par with companies; others are less positive. Sam Burne James reports

Localism Bill allows community groups to challenge councils over public service delivery

Localism Bill allows community groups to challenge councils over public service delivery

New legislation will permit them to ask for competitive process for providing a service to be reopened

Bribery Act 'may affect charities'

Bribery Act 'may affect charities'

Warning for charities working abroad

Bribery Act could trap unwary charities, finance directors warned

Bribery Act could trap unwary charities, finance directors warned

Charity Finance Directors' Group meeting is told that organisations without effective anti-corruption policies could be at risk

It's simpler - but is it better?

It's simpler - but is it better?

Lawyers are divided over the content of the new Charities Bill, as well as its timing

New bill drafted to simplify charity law

New bill drafted to simplify charity law

Charities Bill brings together existing statutes but leaves out unused legislation that would make the Charity Commission the lead regulator for street and door-to-door fundraising

The Charities Act: Charity law finally enters the modern age

The Charities Act: Charity law finally enters the modern age

The four long-standing 'heads of charity' have been put aside in favour of modern definitions of charitable purpose

Regulation with Rosie: Corporate manslaughter

The Charity Commission's Rosie Chapman considers corporate manslaughter.