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UK charities might need to register in Ireland as well, says Una Ní Dhubhghaill

UK charities might need to register in Ireland as well, says Una Ní Dhubhghaill

Registration with the newly formed Charities Regulatory Authority is both mandatory and comprehensive, its chief executive tells Sam Burne James

Commission to update independent schools guidance

Commission to update independent schools guidance

Plus: guidance on umbrella trusts, helpline refused registration and updated trustee guide

Susan Robinson: lessons for trustees from Kids Company

Susan Robinson: lessons for trustees from Kids Company

The buck stops with them, and they should be fearless in challenging charismatic founders, says the accountant and charity adviser

Analysis: The case for appraising both the board and individual trustees

Analysis: The case for appraising both the board and individual trustees

The reluctance of some charity trustee boards to do them can be damaging, writes Sam Burne James

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Legal Update: Charities bill reaches grand committee stage

Legal Update: Charities bill reaches grand committee stage

Plus: NI decision on housing society; and tribunal rules on timeframes

Legal Update: The government responds to the draft bill committee

Legal Update: The government responds to the draft bill committee

Plus: Law Commission consultation and the community amateur sports club scheme

Property foundation cuts the Charity Commission workload

Property foundation cuts the Charity Commission workload

Property-related issues accounted for about a third of enquiries to the Charity Commission in 2013/14, but now it directs them to the Ethical Property Foundation, writes Sam Burne James

Legal Update: The draft Protection of Charities Bill

Legal Update: The draft Protection of Charities Bill

Plus: online registration, Jehovah's Witnesses appeal disallowed, BeatBullying report

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Charity Law

Providing support and advice for in-house charity lawyers

Providing support and advice for in-house charity lawyers

Lawyers in Charities last year took on a new name, chair and management structure. Sam Burne James reports

Legal Update: Charity Commission refuses to register shooting club

Legal Update: Charity Commission refuses to register shooting club

Plus: Judicial review rejected, trustees warned about tax and a reminder that legal form matters over substance in VAT exemptions

Legal Update: Bill will close disqualification loophole

Legal Update: Bill will close disqualification loophole

Plus: the government publishes draft legislation for the Finance Bill 2015, and community amateur sports clubs get new rules, writes Adrian Pashley

Tara McInnes: The ramifications of unregulated will-writing

Tara McInnes: The ramifications of unregulated will-writing

Charities can miss out on insurance money when legacies in wills that have been drafted with these firms fall through, so they should support the Lord Chancellor's call for regulation, writes the legal expert

Legal Update: Timeshare Association helpline registered as charity

Legal Update: Timeshare Association helpline registered as charity

Plus: Charity Commission upholds decision not to register Independent Press Regulation Trust, the trustee declaration form is compulsory and the draft Protection of Charities Bill has been published, writes Adrian Pashley

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