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A new Charities Bill was announced in the Queen’s Speech on 11 May 2021. The Bill proposes several technical, but important, changes to charity law. This article summarises the key proposed changes for charities and their trustees. 1. Ability to amend governing documents more easily Whatever the legal structure, all charities have a governing document….

Charity Fraud Awareness Week is an award-winning campaign which ran from 19-23 October 2020. Now in its fifth year, it is run jointly by the Charity Commission and the Fraud Advisory Panel, and is led by a coalition of over 40 charities, regulators, law enforcers, representative bodies and other not-for-profit stakeholders from across the world….

Jane Whitfield considers if a charity is allowed to provide financial support to its trading company if the company is struggling and, if so, whether a charity should go down that path. One of the effects of COVID19 has been the dramatic fall in income for almost every company in the country that relies on…

Despite the world recently being captivated by watching Captain Tom Moore raise more than £32,000,000 for the National Health Service, charities across the country are now bracing themselves for extreme financial hardship following the Covid-19 pandemic. In the final quarter of last year predictions were looking healthy for legacy donations to UK charities due to…

On 8 April 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a £750m package to help struggling charities to try and stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis. A number of charities are facing collapse, including those local to us in the Reading area, with income decimated because charity shops were forced to close. Even larger charities such as…

We are holding an information session at our offices at 54 Queens Road, Reading on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at 11:30am. This is open to anyone who would like to become a Dementia Friend. The session lasts 45-60 minutes and is absolutely free, so all are welcome. Places are offered on a first-come-first-served basis so…

If you are a trustee of a charitable trust, or a charitable unincorporated association such as a community group or a sports club, you and your fellow trustees may be considering changing the structure of your charity to take advantage of the benefits of a corporate structure, such as a charitable company, or a Charitable…

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Business as usual in unusual times. We are continuing with all legal work during Lockdown 2021. We are still working hard on behalf of clients old and new. We are still conducting most meetings by telephone and/or via conferencing facilities. In particular we are pleased to continue to offer our fixed fee meetings of £95 inclusive of VAT for one hour, to enable clients to explore any new legal matter with which they are concerned.

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