Refugee campaigners launch legal challenge over Home Office ‘failure’ to implement Dubs scheme – The Independent

‘Campaigners have launched a High Court challenge against the Government over the number of unaccompanied child refugees accepted into the UK under the Dubs scheme.’

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The Independent, 20th June 2017

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Crufts flyball winner banned from keeping dogs for life after RSPCA investigation – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 21st, 2017 in animal cruelty, charities, costs, dogs, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A former Crufts winner has been banned from keeping dogs for life after more than 30 animals were found living in “disgraceful” conditions at her home.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th June 2017

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Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK) v Attorney General and others – WLR Daily

Posted June 15th, 2017 in charities, company law, law reports by sally

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK) v Attorney General and others [2017] EWHC 1379 (Ch)

‘The claimant was a substantial English registered charity and a company limited by guarantee without a share capital. It was founded by the second and third defendants, who were two of its trustees and, along with L, its only members. As a result of the breakdown in the relationship between the second and third defendants it was agreed that the third defendant would resign as a member and trustee of the claimant and that she would found another registered charity, also a company limited by guarantee without a share capital. If the payment of the grant was a “payment for loss of office to a director” of the claimant for the purposes section 215 of the Companies Act 2006, it would, by section 217, prima facie require to be sanctioned by a resolution of the claimant’s members before it could be paid.’

WLR Daily, 9th June 2017

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Pro bono legal advice panel for victims of London attack – Law Society

Posted June 7th, 2017 in charities, law firms, Law Society, London, news, pro bono work, solicitors, terrorism by sally

‘People bereaved and injured following the attack on London Bridge will be offered free legal advice through a panel of solicitor firms to be convened by the Law Society of England and Wales with LawWorks, the solicitors’ pro bono charity, and the City of London Law Society.’

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Law Society, 6th June 2017

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Fears over move by Samaritans to pass on details of ‘vulnerable’ cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 2nd, 2017 in charities, children, confidentiality, emergency services, news by sally

‘For decades they have provided a confidential listening service for those on the edge of despair or contemplating suicide.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st June 2017

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Charities say ‘gag law’ stops them speaking out on Tory social care plans – The Guardian

‘Charities have been silenced from speaking out about the Conservative social care plans despite believing they will be hugely damaging to elderly and disabled people across the country, it has been claimed.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2017

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Charities may face criminal sanctions as ‘gagging law’ backdated before election – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2017 in charities, elections, legislation, lobbying, news, retrospectivity, sanctions by tracey

‘UK charities face a permanent “chilling effect” on their campaigns after the Electoral Commission said they must declare any work that could be deemed political over the past 12 months to ensure they are not in breach of the Lobbying Act.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2017

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Victims of slavery and human trafficking ‘abandoned’ as soon as they are identified – The Independent

‘Hundreds of slavery victims in the UK are being “abandoned” by the authorities as soon as they are identified, placing them at risk of falling straight back into the hands of traffickers, experts have warned.’

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The Independent, 22nd May 2017

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Child sexual exploitation ‘woefully underreported’, warns NSPCC – The Independent

Posted May 15th, 2017 in charities, child abuse, news, sexual grooming by sally

‘‘Groomers can give them access to alcohol, to drugs and make them feel grown up, which makes them feel they are choosing those relationships,’ says UK‘s leading children’s charity.’

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The Independent, 12th May 2017

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High Court fast-tracks challenge to environmental costs reforms – Litigation Futures

Posted April 25th, 2017 in charities, costs, environmental protection, news by sally

‘The High Court has fast-tracked a judicial review brought by three charities challenging the new costs regime for cases involving the environment.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th April 2017

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Child sex offender worked at schools cricket association with ECB permission – The Guardian

Posted April 25th, 2017 in charities, child abuse, news, sexual offences, sport, teachers, vetting by sally

‘The England and Wales Cricket Board’s child protection policies are likely to come under close scrutiny after it emerged a convicted child sex offender worked at a schools cricket association with written permission from the ECB – and also attended junior cricket festivals in the company of an ECB executive.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2017

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Anti-racist group Hope Not Hate sues Nigel Farage for libel – The Independent

Posted April 24th, 2017 in charities, damages, defamation, news by tracey

‘Anti-racist group Hope Not Hate is suing Nigel Farage for libel after he alleged that it makes use of “violence” in its campaigning.’

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The Independent, 23rd April 2017

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Stalking behaviour identified in 94% of murders, study shows – The Guardian

Posted April 24th, 2017 in charities, murder, news, stalking, statistics by tracey

‘Stalking behaviour has been identified in nine in 10 murders studied by criminologists as part of research examining a link between the two crimes.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2017

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Call for fundraising pages to be regulated amid fraud concerns – The Guardian

Posted April 18th, 2017 in charities, fraud, internet, money laundering, news by sally

‘It has become a familiar moment in the aftermath of any catastrophe – the appearance of a slew of online fundraising pages designed to funnel donations for the traumatised, injured and bereaved.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2017

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Monks’ charitable status challenged – Law & Religion UK

Posted April 12th, 2017 in alcohol abuse, charities, news by sally

‘Today, BBC Devon carried the story “Strip ‘violent wine’ monks of charity status, say secularists“; this states: “monks who make Buckfast tonic wine linked to violent crime in Scotland should be stripped of charitable status…The National Secular Society says the beverage made at Buckfast Abbey in Devon is harmful. Buckfast Abbey Trust does not pay tax on the income because it is a charity, which the society claims is an;abuse of the charitable system’”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 11th April 2017

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I exposed corruption at War Child. Here’s why whistleblowers need anonymity – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2017 in anonymity, charities, Charity Commission, news, public interest, whistleblowers by sally

‘When I spoke out about corruption in the charity, I was ostracised and then fired. Little has changed since then. My advice is proceed with caution’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2017

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New litter strategy could see fly-tippers given community service – The Guardian

‘Fly-tippers could be forced to pick up litter as part of community service, the environment secretary, Andrea Leadsom, has said.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2017

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Skiing & the Supreme Court. What Makes an Adult Child Deserving of Reasonable Maintenance? – Radcliffe Chambers

Posted April 6th, 2017 in appeals, charities, families, financial provision, news, Supreme Court, wills by sally

‘”Skiing” or “Spending Kids’ Inheritance” is a regular source of conflict between parents (or their estates) and their children. After 10 years and numerous appeals, the saga of Ilott v The Blue Cross [2017] UKSC 17 has finally reached its conclusion. The case concerned a claim pursuant to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 by an estranged adult daughter for financial provision from her mother’s estate.’

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Radcliffe Chambers, 16th March 2017

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Landmark Supreme Court decision on Inheritance Act claims – New Square Chambers

Posted April 6th, 2017 in appeals, charities, families, financial provision, news, Supreme Court, wills by sally

‘The Supreme Court today allowed the charities’ appeal in the case of Ilott v Mitson [2017]
UKSC 17. It is the first opportunity for the Supreme Court to give guidance on the vexed
question of what constitutes ‘reasonable financial provision’ within the meaning of the
Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and to bring to an end a saga
which began with the death of Melita Jackson in June 2004.’

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New Square Chambers, 15th March 2017

Source: www.newsquarechambers.co.uk

UK charities fined for data law breaches – BBC News

‘Eleven charities have been fined by the UK’s data watchdog for misusing information about millions of past donors to seek further funds.’

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BBC News, 5th April 2017

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