Charity Tribunal appoints president

Charity lawyer Alison McKenna has been appointed president of the Charity Tribunal, the low-cost appeals service that will begin work later this month.

McKenna: new president
McKenna: new president
McKenna, who is currently a partner at law firm Wilsons, will begin the job full time on 1 June, but a spokeswoman for the Tribunals Service, which will administer the Charity Tribunal, said she would work for the tribunal on a fee-paying basis whenever she was needed before then. The annual salary for the full-time position is £123,000.

The spokeswoman said: “The Charity Tribunal is not retrospective and can’t look at cases lodged before its official start date of 27 February, so the full-time position doesn’t need to begin until a little later.”

The tribunal has been created as part of the Charities Act 2006 to provide a cut-price route for charities that want to appeal against Charity Commission actions and decisions but cannot afford to go to the High Court.

It remains unclear when the other 12 members of the tribunal will be appointed. The Tribunals Service spokeswoman told Third Sector last week that the Charities Act allowed for the president to hear cases alone, and that this had been factored into the appointments process.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Justice, which makes the final decision on judicial appointments, said: “Due process is taking place and when it is finalised we will make an announcement.”

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