Over the summer, a call for views and evidence was issued by Lord Hodgson’s independent statutory review of the rules that apply to election campaigning by non parties. BWB’s Melanie Carter and Rosamund McCarthy authored a detailed response to Lord Hodgson’s team on behalf of BWB’s Electoral, Political and Campaigning Law team, setting out BWB’s vision for reform of the non party campaigning regime.
Paul Jennings, Partner in BWB's Employment team, is representing the former employees of the Blinkbox music service in a £10m class action lawsuit against the company.
The government is seeking views on its proposals to change the regime for costs protection in environmental claims. Currently, where a claim for judicial review falls within the scope of the Aarhus Convention (on access to information, public participation in decision-making and access to justice in environmental matters), the amount recoverable in legal costs from the claimant if they lose is £5,000 for individuals, or £10,000 for organisations. If the claimant is successful, the maximum they can recover in legal costs from the defendant is £35,000.
The government has published its proposed new Immigration Bill which had its first reading in the House of Commons on 17 September 2015. This new Bill sets out the government’s plans to crack down further on illegal migration.
BWB's new online tool allows charities and social enterprises to download basic legal documents and customise them to their needs using a guided step-by-step process, at a fraction of the cost of engaging a solicitor.
This week's briefing highlights changes to the regulation of fundraising, a recent report published regarding service to migrants and announcements from BWB about Get Legal and Wired to Govern.
Legacies of shares in private companies are an increasingly popular type of bequest to charities, so it is important to understand the options available to maximise the value of such bequests to your charity.
Leticia Jennings advises charities in receipt of these gifts on how best to deal with them.
Lucy McLynn discusses the EU's Working Time Directive in Lawyer Monthly.
On Wednesday last week, the review panel led by Sir Stuart Etherington published their report “Regulating fundraising for the future: Trust in charities, confidence in fundraising regulation”. See today’s Briefing for details and sector reaction.
In the wake of high profile media reports into charitable fundraising practices, we are holding a seminar which will review the recommendations of the reviews carried out by Sir Stuart Etherington and the Institute of Fundraising. See below for details.
The Charity and Social Enterprise team are delighted to announce their latest update for Autumn 2015.
The Lawyer has published an article highlighting how the lawyers at BWB are now required to make "make a postive impact on society" after becoming a B-Corp.
Leona Roche has commented on the Charity Commission's new Essential Trustee guide, a key piece of guidance for charity trustees to explain the fundamental responsibilities and duties undertaken by trustees.
Legal Futures: BWB amends LLP deed after becoming first to take on status as socially responsible business >
Legal Futures has published an article detailing how BWB have become the first UK law firm to gain ‘B Corporation’ certification.
The firm has been nominated for the Private client: Firm of the year award and also the award for Public Sector: Firm (specialism) for its electoral work.
The judgement in R (on the application of Kuruwitage) v Secretary of State for the Home Department was recently published and serves as an important reminder for organisations that have volunteers.
Organisations involved in fundraising will need to plan for the further changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice announced on Monday. See today’s Briefing for the headlines.