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March 2015

  • Conflicts of interest management: the Charity Commission becomes more prescriptive
  • UK businesses operating abroad - jurisdiction of the UK Employment Tribunal
  • Will the Draft Protection of Charities Bill renew the public’s trust in the charity sector?
  • Registering with charity regulators in Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Transforming Rehabilitation - consequences for voluntary sector bodies
     

Visit our website - www.russell-cooke.co.uk - for past legal updates and details on our seminars.

 

Conflicts of interest management: the Charity Commission becomes more prescriptive

Charity Commission guidance on the management of conflicts of interest has become significantly more prescriptive and many organisations still fail to meet a reasonable standard of conflict of interest management. Trustees do not find the issue an easy one and the Commission is responding to this by taking more regulatory action in the area.

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James Sinclair Taylor +44 (0)20 8394 6480 / James.Taylor@russell-cooke.co.uk

Andrew Studd +44 (0)20 8394 6414 / Andrew.Studd@russell-cooke.co.uk

 

UK businesses operating abroad - jurisdiction of the UK Employment Tribunal

In the recently reported case, Lodge -v- Dignity and Choice in Dying and Others, the Employment Appeal Tribunal accepted jurisdiction where the claimant, an Australian citizen working for a charity in London, moved abroad and continued to work for the charity remotely. The fact the claimant was permitted to work from abroad made her situation no different to an employee posted abroad by a UK company within the guidelines stated in Serco Limited -v- Lawson.

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Jane Klauber +44 (0)20 8394 6483 / Jane.Klauber@russell-cooke.co.uk

Fudia Smartt +44 (0)20 8394 6525 / Fudia.Smartt@russell-cooke.co.uk

 

Will the Draft Protection of Charities Bill renew the public’s trust in the charity sector?

The Draft Protection of Charities Bill has been proposed to equip the Charity Commission with greater powers to tackle abuse more effectively. It is hoped that the Bill will improve the levels of public trust and confidence in the sector, whilst also bringing an end to criticism about the Charity Commission’s effectiveness as a regulator.

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Hannah Lyons +44 (0)20 8394 6493 / Hannah.Lyons@russell-cooke.co.uk

 

Registering with charity regulators in Ireland and Northern Ireland

Charities operating in Ireland and Northern Ireland may be required to register with the charity regulators located there. The Charity Regulatory Authority recently began registering charities in Ireland, whilst the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland began registering charities in December 2013. There are severe consequences for failing to register, so it is important to ensure you are familiar with any important deadlines.

All charitable organisations in Ireland without a tax reference number (CHY number) are required to register with the Charity Regulatory Authority by 15 April 2015.

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Andrew Studd +44 (0)20 8394 6414 / Andrew.Studd@russell-cooke.co.uk

Hannah Lyons +44 (0)20 8394 6493 / Hannah.Lyons@russell-cooke.co.uk

 

Transforming Rehabilitation - consequences for voluntary sector bodies

Under the Ministry of Justice's 'Transforming Rehabilitation' (TR) programme, the government plans to transform the rehabilitation of offenders by sub-contracting probation services to Tier 1 contractors, who will in turn sub-contract services to other organisations including charities and voluntary sector bodies. Russell-Cooke, in conjunction with the charity Clinks, has been providing a range of legal advice and support to charities that are contracting under the TR programme.

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James Sinclair Taylor +44 (0)20 8394 6480 / James.Taylor@russell-cooke.co.uk

Hannah Lyons +44 (0)20 8394 6493 / Hannah.Lyons@russell-cooke.co.uk

 

Events

NCVO and Russell-Cooke HR conference 2015 London - Future proofing the workplace

Monday 27 April 2015, 9:30 am to 16:30 pm - click here to find out more.
 

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This material does not give a full statement of the law. It is intended for guidance only, and is not a substitute for professional advice. No responsibility for loss occasioned as a result of any person acting or refraining from acting can be accepted by Russell-Cooke LLP. Russell-Cooke LLP. March 2015.

 

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