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Charity Commission report reinforces importance of good governance

Posted on 29th October 2021 in Charities and Social Enterprise

The Charity Commission’s statutory inquiry into Human Appeal has found failures, highlighting how important it is for charities to have good and robust governance.

Posted by

Amy Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Becoming a charity trustee

Posted on 28th October 2021 in Charities and Social Enterprise

Trustees’ week is an annual event showcasing the great work trustees do, and providing opportunities to get involved and make a difference. This year it is running from 1st to 5th November, and in support we have asked our colleagues who are charity trustees a series of questions to help inform others about the vital role they perform and why they should consider taking up a trustee role.

Posted by

Amy Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Updated guidance on trustee meetings from the Charity Commission

Posted on 14th April 2021 in Charities and Social Enterprise, Coronavirus Pandemic

Following the lapse of the emergency measures introduced by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, the Charity Commission has issued updated guidance explaining their approach to charities who are experiencing difficulties holding face to face meetings as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions.

Posted by

Amy Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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The National Trust, slavery and colonialism, and the Charity Commission - what can we learn?

Posted on 09th April 2021 in Charities and Social Enterprise

The Charity Commission recently concluded the National Trust did not breach charity law as a result of its regulatory compliance case involving the charity, and found there were no grounds for regulatory action.

Posted by

James Evans

Partner and Solicitor

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Kids Company: what can we learn from what went wrong?

Posted on 17th March 2021 in Charities and Social Enterprise

The recent decision of the High Court not to uphold director disqualification proceedings brought by the Official Receiver against the former trustees and CEO of the Kids Company charity has reopened much debate within the charity sector.

Posted by

James Evans

Partner and Solicitor

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Why your charity's risk register should include governance

Posted on 09th March 2021 in Charities and Social Enterprise

Kids Company has made the headlines again following the judgment of Mrs Justice Falk in the action brought by the Official Receiver against the trustees of the charity under the Disqualification of Directors Act 1986.  It’s a long and detailed judgment which we will not review in this insight, but it has brought, again, into sharp focus the role of trustees within a charity or not for profit organisation and the essential need for good governance.

Posted by

Amy Laver

Partner and Solicitor

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Positive developments in the charity sector

Posted on 08th February 2021 in Charities and Social Enterprise

Tozers’ charities team has been fortunate to have co-hosted or attended several roundtable discussions among charity trustees and senior managers in recent weeks, where they have shared their experiences of what has been a hugely challenging last 12 months for the charity sector.

Posted by

James Evans

Partner and Solicitor

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Thinking about a charity collaboration or merger?

Posted on 29th September 2020 in Charities and Social Enterprise

Charity trustees and senior management teams are needing to think imaginatively and boldly about how their charity will deliver for both their beneficiaries and service users as lockdown restrictions continue to impact their operational environment and ability to fundraise for the foreseeable future.

Posted by

James Evans

Partner and Solicitor

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Expected growth in charitable gifts in Wills

Posted on 21st August 2020 in Charities and Social Enterprise, Probate & Wills, Coronavirus Pandemic

Long-term, the forecasts are that charitable gifts will continue to grow, from £2.9 billion in 2019 to around £3.5 billion in 2024.

Posted by

Rachael Morley

Partner & Solicitor

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Is your company or charity holding an AGM over the coming weeks?

Posted on 12th August 2020 in Charities and Social Enterprise, Company & Commercial, Coronavirus Pandemic

Recent legislation has been introduced to relax corporate governance requirements, in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020.

Posted by

James Evans

Partner and Solicitor

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Financial Support for Charities during Coronavirus

Posted on 22nd June 2020 in Charities and Social Enterprise, Coronavirus Pandemic

On 8th April, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a financial support package specifically for charities, following weeks of campaigning by charity sector umbrella organisations such as NCVO, ACEVO, and Charity Finance Group, amongst others.

Posted by

James Evans

Partner and Solicitor

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What can charities do to re-purpose restricted funds to release additional funding?

Posted on 27th March 2020 in Charities and Social Enterprise, Coronavirus Pandemic

Many charities are in desperate need of alternative sources of funding to maintain vital services to beneficiaries whilst the coronavirus crisis continues.

Posted by

James Evans

Partner and Solicitor