John Howell MP Proposes New Bill Allowing Parties To Offer An Apology Without Admitting Liability

During a legal dispute, often a party will not want to offer a formal apology through fear that it will be treated as an admission of liability. However, under a...


Strengthening Charities Resilience With Legacies Report

In November 2020, a joint report was published by Legacy Foresight, The Institute of Legacy Management and Smee and Ford, which focussed, in part, at raising awareness amongst smaller charities...


Ownership Of Charity Property

If you are purchasing land on behalf of a charity, you will need to take into account a number of considerations. The most common way that charities will own property is...


Fraud Advisory Panel & Charities Commission Report Into Charity Fraud

In 2009, the Fraud Advisory Panel, with the support of the Charities Commission, undertook the most extensive review of fraud in the charity sector to that date. The outcome of...


Warning To Charity Trustees – Non-Compliance With Statutory Disposal Requirements Could Put Your Contract At Risk

When a charity disposes of a property, the Trustees must comply with the statutory requirements under the Charities Act 2011 (CA 2011) (for more detail on the requirements, please read...


Charities Disclaiming An Inheritance

A substantial amount of charities’ income arises from inheritances, whereby testators commonly leave specific legacies or part of their estate to a chosen charity. This is particularly beneficial for charities...


Disposing Of Charity Land – Obtaining Consent To Dispose

When a charity wishes to dispose of land/property, there are a number of additional considerations to be satisfied. A charity which is regulated by the Charity Commission must comply with...


The Importance Of Transparent & Accountable Governance In Charities

In June, the Charity Commission reported the findings of an inquiry into a high profile national charity. In the foreword to the report, the Rt Hon Baroness Stowell of Beeston...


Are Proceedings Brought By A Charity Appropriate?

Bhamani and others v Sattar and others [2020] In the case of Bhamani and others v Sattar and others, the Court was asked by the Defendant to consider whether it...


Keeping Your Charity Safe From Fraud & Cybercrime

Due to the Government’s coronavirus lockdown measures, charities were forced to make immediate – overnight, in some cases – changes to their ways of working. While the transition to homeworking has...


Is My Charity Susceptible To Fraud?

Many charities feel that fraud is something that won’t happen to them, however The Charity Commission sees an element of fraud or theft in nearly 25% of its compliance assessment...


Facing Will Fraud As A Charity

As discussed in our previous blogs, a large portion of charities income arises from legacies left under a testator’s Will. In the same way an individual would be, charities are...