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.

Pippa Garland: Charities should expect to get called out if the company they keep is inconsistent with their values

Organisations should think about their charity law obligations when entering into partnerships with others whose interests may diverge from their own mission

History is complicated – and charities have never been an 'antidote to politics'

Last year a National Trust report into slavery and colonialism caused a furore, and claims that charities should stay out of politics – but, as Rebecca Cooney finds out, that has never been an option

Forced labour and charity products - what are charities' responsibilities?

A plea for help in a charity Christmas card sparked an investigation into Chinese factory conditions by the retailer Tesco. Rebecca Cooney asks what charities can do if they find themselves caught up in similar situations

Richard Radcliffe: Where there's a will, there's a lawyer - or is there?

Solicitors must be treated with respect, because many already distrust charities seeking legacies, writes our columnist

Legal Diary: Don't drop this guide to charity law on your foot

The Charities Acts Handbook is a hefty tome for the sector to digest

Gareth Ledsham: Ilott-Mitson case provides food for thought

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

Disqualified... from being a trustee or a senior manager

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

Jo Coleman: Draft guidance has not made the new disqualification power any clearer

It does not help trustees understand the process the Charity Commission will follow, writes the charities partner at the law firm Bond Dickinson

Legal Diary: Grant-giving guidance expected later this year

Plus: Charity tribunal fees and quotes for William Shawcross

Tara McInnes: Charities can be confident to receive the costs of will challenges

A recent ruling means that courts will no long allow disgruntled family members to act obstructively, writes the solicitor

Legal Diary: The risk of challenging the regulator

Plus: Flouting the hunting ban

Analysis: When charities start taking the law into their own hands

Charities bringing private prosecutions is nothing new but could cuts to government budgets lead to more of them taking action, asks Rebecca Cooney

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