Charity Commission Inquiry: Birmingham Diocesan Trust – Law & Religion UK

Posted February 14th, 2019 in charities, Charity Commission, child abuse, inquiries, news by tracey

‘On 12 February 2019, the Charity Commission issued the following Press Release regarding a new inquiry into the charity behind the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham over safeguarding concerns.’

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Law & Religion UK, 14th February 2019

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Trusts and divorce: the ‘Chinese tigers’ saga continues – Family Law

Posted February 6th, 2019 in charities, divorce, news, trusts by tracey

‘Edward Floyd, a partner at Penningtons Manches in London, writes that there has been a fascinating twist in the tale of the long running, bitterly contested litigation, Quan v Bray (dubbed the “Chinese tigers” case) after the wife’s financial claims on divorce came before Mr Justice Mostyn in December 2018. The case has spanned six years and legal fees of £7 million have been incurred, attracting widespread tabloid interest.’

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Family Law, 6th February 2019

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Charity calls for court to livestream Heathrow third runway challenge – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2019 in airports, charities, environmental protection, internet, media, news, video recordings by sally

‘A high court challenge to the government’s controversial plan for a third runway at Heathrow could be opened up to a mass audience through livestreaming for the first time if judges accept a legal argument.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2019

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The status of allotments – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 29th, 2019 in charities, Charity Commission, local government, news, trusts by sally

‘The recent decision of the Upper Tribunal in Densham v Charity Commission [2018] UKUT 0402, in which the Charity Commission made detailed legal submissions, will be of interest to all trust law practitioners as well as those working with local authorities.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th January 2019

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MPs pass counter-terror bill amendments to protect aid workers – The Guardian

Posted January 23rd, 2019 in bills, charities, freedom of expression, media, news, terrorism by sally

‘MPs have passed amendments to the government’s latest counter-terrorism bill to try to protect British aid workers and journalists from facing criminal charges in conflict zones.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2019

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Monitoring of abuse claims at children’s prison ‘ineffective’ – The Guardian

‘A review into the alleged abuse of children by staff at a children’s prison has found that a series of failings led to an “erratic and ineffective” monitoring of investigations into the claims.’

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The Guardian, 21st January 2019

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Prison sentences: Charities and probation staff union welcome proposals – BBC News

Posted January 14th, 2019 in charities, news, prisons, probation, recidivists, sentencing, statistics by tracey

‘Ministers are being warned that a proposal to scrap prison sentences of six months or less will only work if there is more investment in the probation services. The government says this approach in England and Wales’ prisons could reduce overcrowding and re-offending.’

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BBC News, 12th January 2018

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Charity Commission investigating Kick It Out over staff welfare – BBC News

Posted December 21st, 2018 in bullying, charities, news, race discrimination, racism, sport by tracey

‘The Charity Commission is investigating football anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out after concerns were raised about staff welfare.’

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BBC News, 20th December 2018

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‘I feel conned’: garden bridge donors plan to sue over failed scheme – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2018 in charities, news, planning, repayment by sally

‘The charity behind London’s garden bridge project faces being sued by wealthy donors who fear their money might not be returned even after the much-criticised scheme collapsed, with a loss to taxpayers of almost £50m.’

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The Guardian, 17th December 2018

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‘What if they arrest me?’: the legal teams saving people from unfair deportation – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2018 in charities, citizenship, deportation, immigration, legal services, news, pilot schemes by sally

‘Hundreds have benefited from a free legal service – but caseworkers are having to turn down clients as demand surges.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2018

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Former trustees of MA 1985 (formerly Muslim Aid) criticised after investigation finds serious mismanagement – Charity Commission

‘The Charity Commission has found serious mismanagement on the part of the former board of trustees of MA 1985 (formerly Muslim Aid), as set out in an inquiry report published today.’

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Charity Commission, 6th December 2018

source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission

Noel Edmonds likely to file £60m Lloyds lawsuit on Wednesday – The Guardian

Posted November 19th, 2018 in banking, charities, compensation, damages, fraud, news by sally

‘The TV and radio star Noel Edmonds, who is expected to join ITV’s I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here jungle camp this week, is also likely to fire the starting gun on a £60m lawsuit against Lloyds Bank.’

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The Guardian, 19th November 2018

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London Zoo fined after keeper fell from faulty stepladder retrieved from skip – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 24th, 2018 in accidents, animals, charities, employment, fines, health & safety, news, personal injuries by tracey

‘London Zoo has been fined £40,000 after a keeper cleaning out a hawk aviary fell off a faulty step ladder that was wrongly retrieved from a skip.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2018

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Organ preservation, cryonics and charity law: Hipkiss – Law & Religion UK

Posted September 20th, 2018 in charities, human tissue, news, rectification, tribunals by tracey

‘In November 2016, the BBC carried the story Terminally-ill teen won historic ruling to preserve body, following the lifting the territorial reporting restrictions which existed until one month after the death of the teenager concerned, a girl referred to as “JS”: see JS (Disposal of Body), Re [2016] EWCH (Fam). We noted the case here and looked at some of the more general practicalities of regulating cryogenic preservation – the storage of the brains and/or bodies of legally-dead humans at low temperatures. In the aftermath of the ruling in JS, the Charity Commission for England and Wales decided in 2017 to remove the Human Organ Preservation Research Trust (HOPRT) from the Register; and in Hipkiss v Charity Commission for England & Wales [2018] FTT (Charity) CA/2017/0014, Mr Graham Hipkiss, its sole remaining trustee, succeeded in an appeal to the First Tier Charity Tribunal against the order of the Commission.’

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Law & Religion UK, 17th September 2018

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Lee Rigby: Charity fundraiser Gary Gardner guilty of two fraud charges – BBC News

Posted September 14th, 2018 in charities, fraud, news by tracey

‘A fundraiser has been convicted of two counts of fraud after pocketing cash collected for the young son of murdered soldier Lee Rigby.’

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BBC News, 13th September 2018

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Social Care Compliance Scheme to continue despite Mencap decision – OUT-LAW.com

Posted September 3rd, 2018 in care workers, charities, minimum wage, news by sally

‘A national minimum wage (NMW) back pay compliance scheme for care sector employers will continue to operate in its current form despite a recent court judgment on how staff should be compensated for overnight ‘sleep-in’ shifts.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 31st August 2018

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Pro-life charity to take Lambeth council to court after it was kicked out of country fair – Daily Telegraph

‘A pro-life charity is to take a council to court after they say being kicked out of a country fair infringed their human rights.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th August 2018

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Judgment of the Court of Appeal in Lehtimäki v The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK) and others [2018] EWCA Civ 1605 – Radcliffe Chambers

Posted August 6th, 2018 in charities, company law, fiduciary duty, news by sally

‘Mark Mullen appeared for HM Attorney General before the Court of Appeal in Lehtimäki v The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK) and others [2018] EWCA Civ 1605.

In the claim, the claimant (‘CIFF’), a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity, sought approval of the making of a grant of $360 million to a new charity established by one of its directors.’

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Radcliffe Chambers, 6th July 2018

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Garden Bridge backers ‘may have breached legal duties’ – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2018 in breach of trust, charities, London, news, transport by sally

‘The trustees of London’s garden bridge, including actor Joanna Lumley and the former Labour minister Lord Davies, could have breached their legal duties over the failed project, that cost taxpayers more than £40m, according to a leading lawyer.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2018

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Former Montessori chief used charity credit card to pay for honeymoon and expensive watercolours – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 23rd, 2018 in charities, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘The chief executive of an education charity who used the company credit card to splash out on a his honeymoon and paintings at Bonhams auction house has been jailed for six years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd July 2018

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