A law firm has appealed to the charity tribunal against a Charity Commission order to disclose documents it holds on a Jewish organisation that the firm argues is not a charity.
The law firm JJ Goldstein & Co has appealed to the tribunal against an order from the commission asking it to disclose documents relating to Regentford Ltd, which is subject to a statutory inquiry by the commission.
Regentford’s objects are listed on the commission’s website as the advancement of religion in accordance with the orthodox Jewish faith, the relief of poverty and "other such purposes as are recognised by English law as charitable".
A spokeswoman for the commission said yesterday that JJ Goldstein & Co had challenged the commission’s use of its power to request copies and extracts of information held by the firm relating to Regentford Ltd.
"The grounds for appeal include the argument that Regentford Ltd is not a charity and the commission acted beyond its remit," she said.
"The commission registered Regentford Limited as a charity in 1991 and it is the commission’s view that it remains a charity."
She declined to say precisely what information the commission had asked for.
Regentford appealed to the tribunal in April against a commission decision to open a statutory inquiry into it because of concerns about its financial management.
Regentford Ltd has not filed accounts with the commission since at least 2007, according to its page on the regulator’s website.
A spokesman for JJ Goldstein and Co said the firm had nothing to say about the case.