Charity Commission upholds its decision to appoint interim managers at Legal Action

A trustee of the legal advice charity had requested a review of the decision to establish whether it was lawful

Charity Commission
Charity Commission

The Charity Commission has confirmed its decision to install interim managers at legal advice charity Legal Action after a review by members of the commission's board.

The commission replaced Legal Action’s trustees with interim managers in April after the charity failed to implement an action plan drawn up by the commission last year to resolve concerns raised in 2010 over whether the charity was fulfilling its objectives.

The commission appointed Paul Ridout and Con Alexander, partners at the law firm Veale Wasbrough Vizards, as interim managers.

The commission launched a statutory inquiry in August last year and the decision was then made to remove the trustees of the charity, which offers legal facilities and promotes welfare and debt assistance for the poor.

A statement from the commission said one of the trustees had requested a review of the decision to determine whether it was lawful and whether it could now be discharged.

Three commission board members took part in the review. "The reviewers concluded that there is evidence of misconduct/mismanagement in the administration of Legal Action per the requirement in section 76 of the Charities Act 2011 and, therefore, the decision was lawfully and properly made," the statement said. "The reviewers also concluded that the order appointing the interim managers is to remain in place."

The charity, which was registered in 2003, had an income of £134,000 and expenditure of £135,000 in 2012/13, according to the latest accounts on the commission's website.

No one from Legal Action could be reached for comment, and the charity’s website is no longer active. It can also appeal to the charity tribunal against the decision to appoint interim managers.

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