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

Source: www.theguardian.com

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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

Source: www.lawandreligionuk.com

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Source: www.out-law.com

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

Source: www.radcliffechambers.com

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

Source: www.theguardian.com

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

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Scandal-hit Presidents Club ‘failed to protect staff from harassment’, Charity Commission says – The Independent

Posted July 13th, 2018 in charities, harassment, news by tracey

‘The trustees of the Presidents Club, a controversial black-tie event mired in sexual harassment allegations, have been censured by the Charity Commission.’

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The Independent, 13th July 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

League Against Cruel Sports in legal battle with vegan ‘whistleblower’ – The Guardian

‘A leading animal welfare charity is locked in an acrimonious legal dispute with a former employee who claims he was dismissed for telling colleagues that its pension fund invested in companies that have been involved in animal testing.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Attorney general defies call to give £400m windfall to UK charities – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2018 in attorney general, charities, news by sally

‘The attorney general has applied to the high court to free up at least £400m from a fund that has effectively been frozen, in order to reduce the UK’s massive national debt.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Rotherham council told to apologise to abuse whistleblower – The Guardian

‘Rotherham council has been ordered to apologise to a whistleblower who helped to expose the town’s grooming scandal after council officials raided her charity without proper explanation – years after she risked imprisonment by revealing how the council, police and social services turned a blind eye to the abuse of at least 1,400 children.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2018

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Ex-offenders face bleak future after reforms fail, report says – The Guardian

Posted April 17th, 2018 in charities, contracting out, news, probation, reports, volunteers by tracey

‘Ex-offenders trying to turn their lives around face a bleak future, a probation inspector has warned, as ambitious government plans to boost the role of charities and volunteers in the probation service have failed to materialise.’

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The Guardian, 17th April 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Charity watchdog to launch Oxfam inquiry – BBC News

Posted February 13th, 2018 in charities, inquiries, news, prostitution, sexual offences by sally

‘The Charity Commission is to begin an investigation into Oxfam’s handling of a sex scandal in which staff hired prostitutes in Haiti in 2011.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2018

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Ministers to investigate aid sex scandal ‘cover-up’ amid claims officials ‘brushed off’ child abuse allegations – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 12th, 2018 in charities, child abuse, government departments, news, prostitution, sexual offences by tracey

‘Ministers have launched an investigation into claims that foreign aid officials brushed off allegations of child abuse committed by aid workers.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th February 2018

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Cafcass launches ‘ground-breaking’ pilot scheme to crack down on parental alienation – Family Law

‘The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) is running a pilot scheme to bring an end to separated parents poisoning their child against the other parent. Parents who are guilty of manipulating their child in this way may have their child taken away from them and, in the most extreme cases, they may be denied contact.’

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Family Law, 27th November 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Tax scheme negligence claims fail as time limits began to run before a tribunal decision on a similar scheme, says Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 13th, 2017 in charities, financial advice, HM Revenue & Customs, negligence, news, taxation, time limits by tracey

‘Negligence claims against tax advisers who had given assurances about the effectiveness of tax schemes failed because the claims were not brought within the limitation period.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th November 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

New research supports calls for no-fault divorce – Family Law

‘A landmark report published today by the Nuffield Foundation calls for an end to fault-based divorce law in England and Wales.’

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Family Law, 30th October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk