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11 April 2019 0 Comments Posted in Charities, Opinion, Private Wealth

6 ways charities should protect themselves from disreputable donations

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Following the National Portrait Gallery’s public refusal to accept a significant donation from the Sackler family, the Tate and the Prince’s Trust also announced their intentions to refuse any future donations from the family. These are the latest in a series of charities making difficult decisions regarding so called ‘tainted’ donations. We look at the importance of the need for trustees to understand their responsibilities in relation to fundraising.

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1 November 2018 0 Comments Posted in Charities, Factsheets

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Who runs the show? Working out your governance structure

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25 September 2018 0 Comments Posted in Charities, Opinion

The safeguarding crisis in the charities sector

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Restless Development, a British youth charity, is the latest charity subject to accusations of sexual misconduct and systemic neglect. Volunteers claim that staff, and other volunteers, were involved in sexual relationships with pupils at placement schools and each other. They also report being forced to stay in unsafe accommodation and made to travel with taxi drivers under the influence of alcohol. Those who raised concerns say that these were dismissed by senior staff who put complaints down to “failing to adapt” to circumstances.

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14 February 2018 0 Comments Posted in Charities, Opinion, Private Client

Oxfam scandal – a lesson to be learned?

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The UK’s charity sector is under close scrutiny, both nationally and internationally, following allegations that Oxfam workers were involved in the hiring of prostitutes and engaged in sex parties whilst working on earthquake relief projects in Haiti and a humanitarian mission in Chad. But what can the sector learn from these events going forward?

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8 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Charities, Opinion

How trustees of charities can reduce risk

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Jacqui Lazare, specialist charities solicitor, considers how the increased scrutiny and regulation of charities reminds us of the importance of good governance, and how to ensure any risks are mitigated as much as possible.

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7 June 2017 0 Comments Posted in Charities, Opinion

Charities face criminal sanctions over campaign spending on snap election

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Specialist charity solicitor, Jacqui Lazare, considers the implications of the Electoral Commission’s announcement that charities must declare all campaign spending since June 2016.

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7 April 2017 0 Comments Posted in Charities, Opinion

Charities fall foul of data protection obligations

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Last year, we warned about the pitfalls surrounding personal data and the hefty fines many companies received from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), showing how easy it is for companies to fall foul of data protection legislation. The ICO is once again proving it has got teeth, however this time it is a number of charities that have been named, shamed and fined.

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20 October 2016 0 Comments Posted in Charities

First Steps (Bath)

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Royds Withy King provided time for a solicitor (Jacqui Lazare) with experience of charity law to join the board of trustees of First Steps (Bath).

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20 July 2016 0 Comments Posted in Charities

Charity structure – what is best for your charity

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Once you have decided that you want to set up a charity, you need to choose which structure would best suit its aims.

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Managing the public image of your charity

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In today’s 24/7 online media environment, no charitable organisation can ignore the importance of their public image. Arguably, it is even more important for smaller, local charities to manage their image than a higher profile one. The fallout from any mismanagement of media crises that become public, can lead to many ramifications, including legal ones.

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Who’s actually running your charity – governance

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When setting up your charity, it’s important to have confidence in the charity trustees (who may be called directors if you opt for an incorporated structure*) that you appoint or wish to appoint to your charity. They will need to appreciate the importance of accountability and transparency in their role.

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