DLA Piper has achieved a settlement in favour of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in a housing discrimination lawsuit.
Parmjit Singh of Eversheds has praised Oxfam for its rankings of food and drink companies in terms of social and environmental policies.
Trusts (Capital and Income) Act 2013 download
Winckworth Sherwood has provided a summary of the Trusts (Capital and Income) Act 2013.
The new TUPE regulations taking effect introduce a number of amendments that could have considerable importance for charitable organisations.
With the Lobbying Bill receiving Royal Assent on 30 January 2014, what are the key things you need to know about this new legislation and what impact is it likely to have?
With the European Parliament adopting three new directives covering public procurement on 15 January 2014, Mills & Reeve looks at the potential implications for the third sector.
There may be good news in store for charities in England with listed buildings and/or buildings of special architectural importance.
With more charities being urged to merge to cope with reduced funding, we take a look at the potential advantages in merging and the legal points to consider before going ahead.
RPC and Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) lead on creation of Leveson’s new press regulation system.
In response to concerns about the growing number of judicial review cases, the government has consulted on proposals for further reforms to judicial review proceedings.
Withers partner Kristin Konschnik and associate Jaime McLemore have authored a guide for charities targeting the US fundraising market.
Lobbying update download
After much deliberation, the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act finally came into force on 30 January 2014.
The final version of the revised public benefit guidance has now been published, which replaces all previous guidance.
Investigation into Mayfair Charities download
The Charity Commission last month released the findings of an investigation begun in July 2012 into concerns over Mayfair Charities’ financial accounts.
Two No5 Chambers barristers have been shortlisted for the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2014: Abid Mahmood and Nabila Mallick.
As part of its global pro bono programme, DLA Piper has produced a report entitled ‘Empty threat: does the law combat illegal wild trade?’.
ACH Shoosmiths has been appointed to the legal services panel of Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership.
The No5/Jones Lang LaSalle Midlands Planning Conference: Planning for Growth, charity dinner and raffle raised funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care and the Samaritans.
Tracey Forbes has been admitted as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands following the successful completion of her articles of clerkship with Mourant Ozannes.
Collyer Bristow has appointed Nathan Donaldson as a partner in its employment team.
Hogan Lovells has co-hosted an event with social enterprise Bite the Ballot at the Elizabeth Garret Anderson school in Islington to mark National Voter Registration Day.
Winckworth Sherwood has been shortlisted for the Best Community Engagement Programme at the Management Excellence Awards.
Hogan Lovells has teamed up with Coaching for Hope to coach young girls and deliver awareness about the positive effects sport can have in their lives.
Taylor Wessing has acted pro bono for the Human Dignity Trust in overturning northern Cyprus’s laws criminalising homosexuality at the European Court of Human Rights.
The Public Sector Procurement Directive will make it easier for charities, social enterprises and public sector mutuals to deliver public services, according to Winckworth Sherwood.
Nabila Mallick of No5 Chambers has been nominated for the 2014 Birmingham Law Society Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award.
London law firm Collyer Bristow, which has an in-house contemporary art gallery, is to exhibit the work of partner Steven Heffer.
Wildgen partner Michel Bulach will be taking part in the Philanthropic Advisor Event organised by the Fondation de Luxembourg on 21 January 2014.
Arendt & Medernach has demonstrated its support for charitable organisations Pour un Sourire d’Enfant and Fondatioun Kriibskrank Kanner.
Look out for charitable trusts download
Land was given to Dartford Borough Council in 1903 ‘to be appropriated and used in perpetuity as a public recreation ground and for no other purpose whatsoever’.
The New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 was signed into law on 18 December 2013 and the bulk of its provisions will take effect on 1 July 2014.
No5 Chambers is again supporting Mental Health Research UK’s ‘Blooming Monday’ depression awareness campaign.
Employees from law firm Walker Morris have raised £1,989.49 through charity fundraising efforts for the NSPCC.
‘New Year’s resolutions’ for New York non-profits: the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 download
Debevoise & Plimpton offers four New Year’s resolutions to help you plan and prepare for the coming changes for New York non-profit organisations.
This year, Mills & Reeve has continued its tradition of making donations to charities chosen by each office, rather than sending Christmas cards to clients and suppliers.
Walker Morris employees have donated more than 150 gifts to Leeds charity Zest Health for Life in its annual gift donation.
Appleby staff have raised around $1,200 to support a Meals on Wheels initiative that will help vulnerable people in Cayman to enjoy a proper Christmas meal.
The NAO has issued a report examining how HMRC monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of Gift Aid reliefs, and how it tries to deal with tax avoidance, fraud and error in relation to tax reliefs on donations.
The BBC case serves to highlight the importance of a charity’s independence.
Although charities will want to work with commissioners, there are some issues for charities to keep in mind.
While a fall in charitable donations will certainly have posed a threat to a number of charities, reports suggest many are adapting by becoming more self-sustainable.
The Cabinet Office has published a consultation on extending the Charity Commission’s powers to tackle abuse in charities.
The Slovakian Parliament recently adopted a new act concerning the customs enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Update: SDLT charities’ relief download
Legislation has been introduced in the Finance Bill 2014 regarding the SDLT relief available to a charity where it purchases a property jointly with a non-charity purchaser.
The recent decision of senior judge Lush in the case of Re GM provides a window into the workings of a dysfunctional lay deputyship.
Mills & Reeve has merged with George Davies Solicitors, increasing its national insolvency and recovery team by 50 per cent.
Hogan Lovells has announced that the Daily Business Review has presented the firm with its Most Effective Lawyer Award in the Pro Bono category.
The money raised will enable the children’s charity to employ two specialist workers to tackle child sexual exploitation.
Under the new annual return regime, registered charities will be obliged to provide additional key information to the European Commission.
The National Audit Office’s report provided a detailed review of the Gift Aid system, as well as estimates of the amount of tax lost through abuse.
Cup Trust appeal fails download
Mountstar had appealed to the High Court over the European Commission’s decision to open a statutory inquiry into the Cup Trust.
DLA Piper has announced that Mariah DiGrino, an associate in the Chicago office, has been named as outside counsel of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank.
Autumn Statement: charities download
The chancellor said that he wished to put beyond doubt that entities established for the purposes of tax avoidance would not have any entitlement to charitable tax reliefs.
Loneliness and the elderly download
Loneliness in the UK is a serious problem. Statistics from the Office for National Statistics show that one in 10 people aged 65 or over feel lonely often or always.
Autumn Statement 2013 download
Following the release of the Autumn Statement, Taylor Wessing has summarised some of the main announcements.
Dementia sufferers set to triple download
This week sees the G8 Dementia Summit take place in London. Politicians, researchers, drug companies and charities will discuss what can be done to tackle the condition.
BIS business names consultation download
BIS is set to introduce measures to reduce the list of sensitive names that new businesses and charities must get approval for prior to incorporation at Companies House.
Kings Chambers has announced its chosen Christmas charity this year: the Wood Street Mission Christmas Project.
Hogan Lovells partner Mark Sterling has accepted a fellowship with the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative beginning in January 2014
Eversheds Stockholm has made a donation to Doctors Without Borders to help the victims in the Philippines that typhoon Haiyan affected.
Shoosmiths’ Recoveries Services Group (RSG) has won Mortgage Finance Gazette’s Customer Service/Treating Customers Fairly award for the second year running.
Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Bermuda office has banded together to donate more than $37,000 to the Bermuda Red Cross in support of the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal.
Anthony Collins Solicitors has been named as a top five legal adviser to the top 350 charities in the UK in the second annual Charity Legal Survey by Charity Finance.
Audrey Williams, partner at Eversheds, has commented on a report of the findings of a Whistleblowing Commission conducted by the charity Public Concern at Work.
New Perimeter and BABSEA CLE have announced the completion of the second Myanmar National Clinical Legal Education (CLE) Workshop.
On 16 September 2013, the Charity Commission published its revised public benefit guidance for all charities.
Alan Harper of Walker Morris explains the general rules in relation to the ownership of the main types of IP.
The new guidance explains in detail how charity trustees should approach making decisions affecting their charity.
The Public Sector Equality Duty was brought in by the Equality Act 2010 and came into force in April 2011.
The 2013 Marie Curie Birmingham Brain Game has been won for the third time by No5 Chambers.
US persons who want the tax break in both the US and the UK need to take action before 31 December.
FATCA and charities download
If you run a charitable foundation in the UK, you may have read about the additional tax reporting and regulations imposed by the US FATCA rules on accounts held by charities.
The Upper Tribunal has held that the holding of balls by a students’ union, was not an exempt supply under the exemption for cultural services.
Walker Morris has presented 50 children with prizes at a special presentation ceremony at its offices for its 19th annual Children’s Charity Calendar Painting Competition.
Mourant Ozannes has produced the market-standard security agreement for the Jersey Bankers Association (JBA) on a pro-bono basis.
Wragge & Co recently hosted an evening of networking for 100 students and young people interested in a career in law.
DLA Piper and CMS Cameron McKenna have won the TrustLaw Collaboration Award for their work supporting advocacy for anti-domestic violence legislation in China.
Winners of the British Fashion Council award will receive business and mentoring advice from DLA Piper.
On 29 October, Ince & Co hosted the Sailors’ Society’s ‘Meet the Chaplains’ drinks reception, as part of this year’s Chaplaincy Conference.
The Charity Commission’s revised public benefit guidance consists of three short guides on the public benefit requirement, running a charity and public benefit reporting.
Peter Hubbard has been announced as the new senior partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors.
Charity Commission accepts Public Accounts Committee recommendations regarding the Cup Trust download
Charity Commission accepts Public Accounts Committee recommendations regarding the Cup Trust, and claims it has already implemented many of them.
The ATED tax, effective from April 2013, applies to companies (and similar kinds of structures) that own dwellings with an individual value of £2m upwards.
Nikki Link, a real-estate lawyer and musician from Mills & Reeve, is taking part in Law Rocks, an annual charity music event.
The latest edition of Chambers UK has placed Mills & Reeve in the top five law firms in the UK, based on the number of top-ranking practice areas.
Following the election of the coalition government, there are a number of matters awaiting a finalised position from the new government.
This article considers the future of the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission under the new government and outlines the reasons why it may remain broadly in place.
At a Westminster Social Policy Forum event on Charity Law and Regulation, Lord Hodgson commented on a number of key points to come out of his review.
Much has been written in recent weeks about how the Lobbying Bill could restrict charities’ campaigning activities during the ‘regulated period’ prior to an election.
No5 Chambers was one of the sponsors of the Midlands Asian Lawyers Association’s 8th Annual Ball on 18 October 2013.
The Cup Trust raised £176m from donations during its first two years but distributed just £55,000 to charity and claimed approximately £46m in Gift Aid.
On 16 September 2013, the Charity Commission published its revised public benefit guidance for all charities.
A lack of testamentary capacity is arguably the most commonly pleaded claim by disgruntled family members that are not happy with the contents of a deceased’s will.
Thirty-seven per cent of employers in the voluntary sector make use of zero-hours contracts — a significantly higher proportion than either the public or private sector.
ServiceSource, a resource for people with disabilities, has selected Hogan Lovells as the recipient of its 2013 Community Partner of the Year award.
Taylor Wessing employees are raising money for Changing Faces, a charity for people who are living with conditions, marks or scars that affect their appearance.
Eversheds has announced that colleagues from a number of its offices donated to World Food Day on 16 October.
Hogan Lovells has been nominated for 11 awards at the upcoming Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2013.
DLA Piper has been presented with the Thaddeus Stevens Partnership Award by the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP).
Ogier has joined together with Brighter Futures and Jersey Women’s Refuge to help provide professional work wear and support for women who are returning to work.
There have been some interesting Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) cases in the last few months.
Nabila Mallick has been nominated by chambers at the suggestion of the bar bono unit for bar pro bono lawyer of the year.
DLA Piper has received the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program’s (SDVLP’s) 2013 Sustaining Justice Award, which recognises a local law firm that has provided extensive pro bono support to the organisation.
A team from No5 Chambers has completed the Bristol Legal Walk — a 10km walk around Bristol that started at the Civil Law Courts and ended at Silver Street.
The Anthony Barker QC Memorial Shield, a six-a-side floodlit cricket tournament organised by No5 Chambers, has raised £3,253.67 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Nine members of the No5 team have completed an abseil down the Wesleyan Building in Birmingham for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
Daniel Brown is awarded the first OTC/FRU pupillage.
Richard Clayton QC from Kings Chambers has been instructed to intervene in Kennedy v Charity Commission.
The Coalition announced before the election that it will undertake a major reform of the not-for-profit sector.
Mills & Reeve partner Chris Belcher has welcomed the Big Lottery Fund’s decision to award £5m to The Silver Line.
HMRC has published its view of the Court of Appeal’s decision in the joint cases of The Pollen Estate Trustee Company Limited and Kings College London v HMRC.
Volunteers from Sintons have undertaken a number of tasks over the past few months to help support good causes in the north east and to benefit local communities.
The Pollen Estate Case concerns the availability of relief from SDLT (stamp duty land tax) where the purchaser is a charity.
Appleby staff have raised $23,000 in the last 12 months for Meals on Wheels and Cayman Hospicecare.
On 28 September a team of Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee lawyers and clients will attempt to scale Mount Rinjani to raise funds for MILK.
Mills & Reeve have been appointed to work with Joining Jack, a national charity dedicated to finding effective treatments for muscular dystrophy, one of the most common fatal genetic disorders to affect children.
Hogan Lovells’ Washington DC office recently completed its fifth annual Backpacks for Kids drive. Through this event, 500 backpacks were donated to four schools.
Hogan Lovells’ third annual Wii Bowling Championship, which took place on 8 August, raised more than $40,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).
Since the multimillion-dollar collapse of Banksia, Australian finance companies are facing substantially tougher regulation than is presently in place.
The third sector is as vulnerable to the threat of fraud as any commercial organisation.
When trustees fail to act with the level of care required, the Charity Commission have clarified the approach that should be taken in its new policy: ‘restitution and the recovery of charitable funds misappropriated or lost to charity in breach of trust’.
Charities must take care with not only advertising in paid for space and sales promotions but also on websites, other digital sites, applications and social networking sites.
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published new data protection guidance for charities to promote good practice in their handling of personal information.
In 2006, a professor bought a house in London with assistance from the college that employed him. This was a ‘shared equity’ scheme, which Mills & Reeve helped to pioneer many years ago.
Tom Gibson from Outer Temple Chambers has appeared for the successful appellant in the Court of Appeal in Duffy v George.
A landlord of an empty property may find himself or herself having to pay business rates.
It is well known that undue influence is notoriously difficult to establish in the context of a will.
In an unusual move, the High Court recently wound up a credit union on its own motion.
The end of this month sees further changes to employment law and the tribunal process, which will be relevant to all charities that have employees.
The Serious Organised Crime Agency has recently uncovered a series of scams, which see not-for-profit organisations used as conduits for money laundering activities.
Anthony Ashton, a partner in the DLA Piper’s Baltimore office, has been recognised by the NAACP with the Champions of Justice award.
DLA Piper’s non-profit affiliate New Perimeter will receive a lifetime achievement Global Citizenship Award as part of The American Lawyer’s Global Legal Awards..
In 2006, a professor bought a house with assistance from the college that employed him. This was a ‘shared equity’ scheme that Mills & Reeve helped to pioneer.
Charities are already required to pay all manner of fees to other regulators. Why shouldn’t they pay a fee to their own?
CEO Sleepout raises awareness of homeless services.
OTC barrister Tom Gibson recently appeared in the Court of Appeal in Duffy v George, on appeal from the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Outer Temple Chambers (OTC) took part in the ninth London Legal Walk on 20 May 2013.
Allen & Overy partners with IFRC to develop new legal approach to mitigating impact of natural disasters
Allen & Overy is partnering with the IFRC to develop a new legal approach to mitigating the impact of natural disasters.
William Campbell, partner and general counsel at DLA Piper, has received a 2013 Presidential Citation from the American Bar Association.
Mills & Reeve has made the shortlist for the Best Contribution by a Regional Law Firm award. In addition, two of the law firm’s trainee solicitors, Jennifer Dalby and Rebecca Green, have been jointly shortlisted for the Junior Lawyers Division Pro Bono award.
Mills & Reeve has announced that its merger with Manchester firm George Davies has completed.
Social investment is any investment in a charity that provides the investor with a financial as well as a social return.
It is estimated that fraudulent activity is costing the UK economy £73bn annually.
The need for transparency in terms of a charity’s activities and finances has always been crucial to ensure public accountability.
The Charity Commission has produced draft regulations on total return investment and is now consulting on their contents.
Legacies are a vital, albeit somewhat unpredictable, source of income for many charities. The amount charities receive from legacies in the UK is approaching £2bn per year.
The Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2013 came into force on 16 March amending the previous legislation, which had been in place since 1998.
Landlords with empty premises are exploiting a tax break intended for charities to avoid paying business rates.
The Charity Commission has announced a statutory inquiry into the Cup Trust but it could be argued that HMRC as much to blame.
Mills & Reeve and The Law Society are set to sponsor the third Cambridge Legal Walk, which is due to take place on 13 June 2013.
Proposed changes to Register of Charities from 2014.
Board members of charitable and philanthropic organisations must ensure proper procedures and policies are in place to manage resources effectively.
Shoosmiths discusses the High Court’s decision in Kenya Aid Programme v Sheffield City Council.
This month, two lawyers from Mourant Ozannes will ‘pedal for pounds’ outside the Post Office to raise money for Les Bourgs Hospice in Guernsey.
Shoosmiths has selected Barnado’s as its national charity for the period May 2013 to April 2014.
Appleby has announced the promotion of three lawyers to the partnership and the appointment of five lawyers to the position of counsel.
Mills & Reeve staff have raised £5,870 for St Martins Housing Trust in Norwich.
Charity insolvency download
In November 2012, People Can, a charity employing around 300 people, went into administration after being overwhelmed by a pensions deficit of more than £17m.
The last couple of months have seen some interesting decisions made by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
The case of Cifci and Others v Erbil and Others (2012) emphasised the importance of good administration in evidencing governance decisions.
Finally — CIOs are here download
The regulations required to make Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) a reality have been laid before parliament.
Appleby and the organisers of the Bermuda Day Half Marathon (the committee) have announced a further five-year commitment to sponsor Bermuda’s half marathon held on 24 May every year.
Clarity for charities: not-for-profit reforms deliver new statutory definition of 'charity' download
The Federal Government has taken a further step forward in its efforts to reform and simplify the regulation of the not-for-profit sector.
Winckworth Sherwood partner John Rees has featured in the ‘Lawyer of the Week’ in The Times newspaper.
The March 2013 edition of the Hogan Lovells Africa Newsletter is now available.
DLA Piper and RBS employees joined together to host a networking evening on 7 March in support of Oxfam’s Get Together campaign.
Walker Morris has launched the 2013 Children’s Calendar Printing Competition, which is now in its 19th year.
Our pro bono practice draws on the experience of our professionals worldwide to improve the lives of those without access to justice or the means to hire lawyers and to meet the legal needs of charities and non-profit social enterprises.
The firm has been committed to voluntary work and pro bono advisory services to select charitable organisations since its foundation in 1995.
The Supreme Court recently ruled that a volunteer was not protected against disability discrimination.
The NSPCC has appointed a new head of legal following the departure of Catherine Dixon, who left earlier this year to become chief executive of the NHS Litigation Authority.
Charities, like any other service provider, are now subject to restrictions of unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.
Pro bono charity LawWorks has appointed four trustees to its board.
Law firm lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network the InterLaw Diversity Forum has launched a new pro bono and community service initiative called ‘Helping Hands’ (H2).
Farrer & Co has advised on the creation of the largest UK charity for older people through the merger of Help the Aged and the UK-based affiliations of Age Concern.
The Former legal chief at The Coca-Cola Company Paul Meadows has taken the top legal role at the International HIV/Aids Alliance two years after leaving the soft drinks giant.
Gambling laws fast-tracked through Parliament before the last general election came into force on Saturday (1 September) and will lead to hardship for charities, lawyers have warned.
Charity specialist Stone King has opened an office in Cambridge to focus on providing advice to Cambridge colleges, schools and East Anglia charities.
Pemberton Greenish" /Although only a young firm, Pemberton Greenish is as steeped in tradition as its extensive client list of landed estates.
Established in 1890, Hempsons is anything but an old-fashioned firm. In the 115 years since it was created, when its partners broke away from Slaughter and May, the firm has remained independent, preferring, as managing partner Janice Barber puts it, to “slip the baton and ...
Matthew Arnold Baldwin announced a string of promotions last week, including Karen Jones, who became a partner in the firm’s IT and e-commerce division. Five lawyers have also been made up to associate.
Oxfam has taken the unprecedented step of becoming the first charity to launch a music download site, with Bird & Bird advising on a pro bono basis.
“Commercially active high-net-worth individuals demand expert legal advice,” says Julian Whately, senior partner of Westminster firm Lee & Pembertons. Whately claims that his firm provides that advice, and not just in the traditional private client sectors of, for example, trusts and personal tax planning. “What we aim to be is a one-stop shop for all our clients’ needs,” he says.
Scottish firm Balfour & Manson has merged with learning disability charity Disability Legal Services (DLS) this month. DLS, established by mental health lawyer Liz Craigmyle, has become a separate practice within the firm’s private client department, with Craigmyle joining the firm as a partner to head the new team.
Blake Lapthorn Linnell has completed a review of its practice groups and is introducing a series of sector teams aimed at specific industries.
Hampshire firm White and Bowker has been around longer than many of its competitors. Established in 1750, the firm has existed “in a number of guises ever since”, according to chairman Niall Brook.
A new charitable trust, aimed at providing financial support to law centres throughout London, is set to launch in April. The London Legal Support Trust will be launched by Lord Woolf on 29 April. The first of its kind, it will coordinate fundraising efforts by firms across the City.
US Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has launched an investigation into legal fees earned by a leading New York attorney while acting for a charity that evolved out of 11 September.
Being Christian Aid's sole lawyer is no conventional role. Advocacy officer Matt Hobson is on the front line of the reconstruction of post-war Afghanistan. Husnara Begum reports
Independent Italian firm Studio Legale Sutti is hoping to shame its international and domestic competitors into launching pro bono initiatives by creating its own centralised programme, a step that is extremely unusual in the Italian market.
Harrowing though her work must be, The Lawyer/Unicef Child Rights Lawyer of the Year Pat Monro still manages to keep smiling. Jennifer Currie reports
From being on the front line to planning long-term strategies, Oxfam's in-house lawyer Joss Saunders is one man who knows how to make a difference. Emma Vere-Jones reports
The NSPCC's Barbara Esam's remit of fighting for youngsters who fall foul of the law has helped keep her in the UK for twenty seven years longer than intended. Brendan Malkin reports
Paul Stookes gave up a rock 'n' roll lifestyle to become an environmental lawyer after a trip to smoggy LA. Emma Vere-Jones meets the Head of the Environmental Law Foundation
Head of legal for homelessness charity Shelter Russell Campbell talks to Fiona Callister about the increase in his workload and how larger firms can contribute more effectively
Despite the pay cut, Kenneth Gray is looking forward to leaving Norton Rose and escaping from the City to work with people living with HIV