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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

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

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New scheme for social investment tax relief

New scheme for social investment tax relief

Adrian Pashley provides an update on legal issues in the voluntary sector, on behalf of the Charity Law Association

Bigwig or befuddled? Your treasurer need be neither

Bigwig or befuddled? Your treasurer need be neither

Sam Burne James asks experts including Bruce Gordon about the need for a finance expert on a charity board

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

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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

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

Legal Update: The Charity Commission is getting tougher on misconduct

Legal Update: The Charity Commission is getting tougher on misconduct

The regulator is also improving its transparency, writes Adrian Pashley

Charities need a fair volunteering policy

Charities need a fair volunteering policy

After the National Trust was criticised for overstretching its voluntary staff, Jonathan Bruck and Chelsea Martin outline the legal considerations for charities

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

Points of law: Clarity on social investment

Points of law: Clarity on social investment

Legal experts, including Jonathan Brinsden of Bircham Dyson Bell, have generally welcomed the Law Commission's proposal for a new power to guide trustees on tax matters - but there are still questions to be answered, finds Sam Burne James

Total return investment for permanently endowed charities

Total return investment for permanently endowed charities

Robert Boddington explains the new rules on spending capital gains and outlines the main considerations for trustees deciding whether to adopt a total return approach

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