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How to find and make use of the regulator's other website

How to find and make use of the regulator's other website

The Charity Commission's 84 operational guidance documents, known as the OGs, give an insight into how it expects its staff to work, writes Sam Burne James

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

A Place on the Board: Barbara Want of Winston's Wish

A Place on the Board: Barbara Want of Winston's Wish

Want joined the board after her own family received support from the childhood bereavement charity

Seven steps for recruiting a new trustee

Seven steps for recruiting a new trustee

Finding a board member with the right skills can be a challenge, so a thorough recruitment process is essential, writes Luke Strachan of Reach Volunteering

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New guide for charity chairs adds the 'how' to the 'should'

New guide for charity chairs adds the 'how' to the 'should'

A Chair's Compass, published by the Association of Chairs, offers hands-on advice and support for those taking on this 'difficult and demanding' role. Sam Burne James reports

Legal Update: Law Commission's charity law reform project moves forward

Legal Update: Law Commission's charity law reform project moves forward

Plus: A tougher approach on conflicts of interest, new developments for charities in Northern Ireland and Scotland and the Charity Commission website has moved, writes Adrian Pashley

A Place on the Board: Sammy Ayalew Assefa

A Place on the Board: Sammy Ayalew Assefa

The African Children's Education Trust sponsored Assefa to study for a masters degree

Analysis: Colleges come to terms with transparency on trustee pay

Analysis: Colleges come to terms with transparency on trustee pay

Oxford, Cambridge and Durham colleges may have to disclose the salaries of some senior staff under the charity Sorp, leaving them open to poaching from other institutions. Sam Burne James reports

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How to reduce theft at your charity

Maximising security on your premises, using deterrents such as SmartWater and ensuring computer systems are secure can all prevent a theft occuring, says Wendy Cotton, a charity insurance expert at Markel

Renting a property: how to minimise the risks

Managing the risks that come with renting a property can make the difference between a charity thriving or failing

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Charity Law

Analysis: You can protect a name - but not the idea itself

Analysis: You can protect a name - but not the idea itself

Charities naturally want to keep their fundraising ideas to themselves, but when a slogan or a concept goes viral, enforcement can be hard. Annette Rawstrone reports

Legal Update: Upper Tribunal rules against Jewish charity

Legal Update: Upper Tribunal rules against Jewish charity

Adrian Pashley provides an overview of recent developments in voluntary sector law, on behalf of the Charity Law Association

Legal Update: New scheme for social investment tax relief

Legal Update: New scheme for social investment tax relief

Adrian Pashley provides an overview of recent developments in voluntary sector law, on behalf of the Charity Law Association

Safeguarding disclosures trump settlements with departing staff

Safeguarding disclosures trump settlements with departing staff

Employment solicitor Laurence O'Neill reviews a recent High Court case which has lessons for charities working with vulnerable groups

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

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