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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

Ian Joseph: Who will be your charity's next chair?

Ian Joseph: Who will be your charity's next chair?

It's a crucial question, and too many boards neglect it until it's too late, says the chief executive of Trustees Unlimited

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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

How Streetbank persuaded the commission to change its mind on registration

How Streetbank persuaded the commission to change its mind on registration

The online platform that allows people to help their neighbours had a tough time convincing the regulator of its charitable purpose. Sam Burne James reports

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

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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

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

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

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

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