Charities And The Law
News, analysis and comment on charity law and how the law in general, including employment law and tax law, applies to the voluntary sector.
Solicitors must be treated with respect, because many already distrust charities seeking legacies, writes our columnist
The Charities Acts Handbook is a hefty tome for the sector to digest
The 12-year-old legacy dispute involving involving the RSPCA, the RSPB and the Blue Cross may be costly, but charities should never be deterred from pursuing the right case, writes the solicitor
The automatic disqualification rules will be extended to cover even more criminal convictions in 2017. As John Plummer discovers, there is disquiet about the implications
It does not help trustees understand the process the Charity Commission will follow, writes the charities partner at the law firm Bond Dickinson
Plus: Charity tribunal fees and quotes for William Shawcross
A recent ruling means that courts will no long allow disgruntled family members to act obstructively, writes the solicitor
Charities bringing private prosecutions is nothing new but could cuts to government budgets lead to more of them taking action, asks Rebecca Cooney
The episode does little to enhance the commission's standing as an authoritative regulator, writes Stephen Cook
There was good news on business rates, sensible proposals from Lord Hodgson, and much to play for in the new charities act, writes Stephen Cook
Charities that live by the business ethic can expect to die the same way, says our online columnist
The move would be likely to damage access to justice and reduce the accountability of the Charity Commission, says Stephen Cook
The proposals before the Commons give too much discretion to the Charity Commission, says Stephen Cook
Internal Charity Commission emails were disclosed in a High Court judicial review brought by the advocacy body Cage. Stephen Cook looks through them
The country's most senior judge was eager to see the Charity Commission come to an agreement with its adversaries, reports Stephen Cook
The buck stops with them, but are they always in a a position to meet their demanding responsibilities?
Sir Stuart Etherington's review means trustees should consider reviewing their fundraising strategies straight away, our legal commentator concludes
After a disinherited daughter won her case in the Court of Appeal last week, trusts and estates lawyer Gaynor Jackson argues that the facts of the case were very unusual - but there are precautions charities can take
Plus: NI decision on housing society; and tribunal rules on timeframes
The waters on conflicts of interest and private benefit are muddied and are unlikely to be cleared by the Law Commission consultation on amendments to the law, writes Sam Burne James
The commission has published a 300-page consultation document. Sam Burne James reports
Plus: Law Commission consultation and the community amateur sports club scheme
Three documents send out mixed messages about the way the regulator handles its relationship with charities
Lawyers in Charities last year took on a new name, chair and management structure. Sam Burne James reports
Plus: Judicial review rejected, trustees warned about tax and a reminder that legal form matters over substance in VAT exemptions
Plus: the government publishes draft legislation for the Finance Bill 2015, and community amateur sports clubs get new rules, writes Adrian Pashley
The government now appears to be backing the commission's bid for a new measure to prevent disqualifed trustees from holding senior jobs in charities, says Stephen Cook
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
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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