Institute committee to amend five codes of fundraising practice

The Institute of Fundraising's new Legal Review Committee meets for the first time today. The committee has been established to ensure that the legal requirements set out in the institute's codes of fundraising practice are interpreted properly and are up-to-date following recent legislation.

The committee will consider the impact of the implementation of the Charities Act 2006, the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, the Gambling Act 2005 and imminent charity legislation in Northern Ireland. Its first task will be to amend the data protection, telephone fundraising, charity challenge events and raffles and lotteries codes of fundraising practice.

It will meet once every six weeks and review three of the 26 codes per meeting. The institute will act as secretariat for the committee and a solicitor and member of the institute’s standards committee will act as chair.

The committee is made up of legal professionals including Philip Kirkpatrick, committee chair and partner at Bates Wells & Braithwaite, Rachel Holmes, a professional support lawyer at Farrer & Co, Yvette Deerness, a senior legal adviser at Cancer Research UK, Matthew Waters, assistant solicitor at Bevan Brittan LLP and Alison Talbot, a partner at law firm Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons.

Megan Pacey, director of policy and campaigns at the institute, said: “We are really pleased to have assembled such a strong group of individuals to make up this new committee.

“The Legal Review Committee will carry out vital work in ensuring our codes remain robust. The codes of fundraising practice are more important today than they have ever been in the self-regulatory environment that has followed the launch of the Fundraising Standards Board.”

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