Recent high-profile media coverage has heightened fears of a terrorist attack. Whilst a serious threat, are the preventative actions against it proportionate? Augustus Della-Porta looks behind the recent bad press that Muslim charities have received.
Philip Kirkpatrick, deputy managing partner of BWB, tells the Telegraph how the 'big society' movement has been gaining traction in the past few decades, and the UK is only just waking up to the social and commercial benefits.
The High Court has found that regulations determining when legal service providers can be paid for legal aid work in judicial review claims are unlawful, following a challenge brought by a four law firms and Shelter, a housing and homelessness charity. The case was supported by evidence from a number of other law firms and charities, including Coram Children’s Legal Centre, the Howard Legal for Penal Reform, and Medical Justice. This case will be of particular interest to those charities/NGOs whose area of interest or campaign objectives are affected by judicial review.
The Joint Committee report on the draft Protection of Charities Bill was published last week. BWB Partner Stephanie Biden was specialist advisor to the Committee.
The Stephen Lloyd Awards are now open for applications. See today’s Briefing for details.
The concept of ‘green leases’ has been circulating for a decade, but how widespread have they become in the market and how green are they?
“Vape” was the English word of 2014, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. This was the first time that many people will have become familiar with the concept of e-cigarettes and, particularly, ‘vaping’. E-cigarettes are battery operated devices, shaped like cigarettes or cigars, which have a heating element that vaporises a liquid solution and the vapour is then inhaled. The liquid usually contains nicotine, and may contain flavouring (a vaping café in Shoreditch boasts dozens of flavours, including bubblegum).
BWB attended the Community Energy England event to discuss the FCA’s position on community energy co-operatives.
Leona Roche warns that proposed changes to trustee guidance might have wider implications for the charity sector.
A wide range of materials can be protected as intellectual property but the legal rights in and around IP are often misunderstood. Mindy Jhittay provides a detailed look at how you and your employees can protect what's yours.
Charity Commission consultation on The Essential Trustee
BWB has submitted its response to this important consultation. See today’s Briefing for comment from BWB’s Leona Roche.
DSC/BWB Annual Charity Law Conference – 14th May
Early bird booking is now open for this year’s conference. See here for the full brochure.”
BWB recently submitted a response to the Charity Commission consultation on "CC3 the Essential Trustee".
In this article for the Directory of Social Change, Thomas McNeil, a solicitor in BWB's charity department, assesses the five things for charities to bear in mind when thinking about collaborations with NGOs.
In February 2015 UK Visas and Immigration (‘UKVI’ - formerly the UK Border Agency) will present to Parliament proposed changes to the Immigration Rules (‘the Rules’) to come in to effect in April 2015. A primary objective of the changes is to provide more flexibility as well as greater clarity in respect of the activities that can be performed by visitors.
BWB attends the Community Energy England event to discuss the current FCA position on community energy co-operatives and the proposed transition from Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme and Social Investment Scheme to Enterprise Investment Tax Relief >
Simon Steeden attended the Community Energy England event on 14 January 2015 and presented an outline of the transition from Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) to Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR).
BWB responds to Consultation Paper - Guidance on the FCA's registration function under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 >
BWB submitted a response to the FCA’s consultation on the Guidance on the FCA’s registration function under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (the “Guidance”).
This week, the inaugural Stephen Lloyd Awards, set up in memory of the widely respected charity law specialist, are now open to entries.
Melanie Carter quoted in Third Sector: judicial review proceedings could deter organisations with specialist knowledge >
The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 was royally assented last week, having been introduced to parliament in February 2014.
Tribute to Daniel Phelan
BWB sends its warm condolences to all at Civil Society for the very sad loss of Daniel Phelan, publisher of Civil Society, social entrepreneur, wise leader and generous friend of the sector. We will miss Daniel very much and the sector owes him a huge debt of gratitude. Please see below for longer tributes from Rosamund McCarthy and Tesse Akpeki.
Leona Roche reports on the surprising decision of the Scottish Charities Appeals Panel in the St Margaret’s Children and Family Care Society case.
Due to ‘go live’ in July 2015, the Flood Reinsurance Scheme aims to offer affordable insurance for properties which are at high risk of flooding. Jane Lougher examines who will be eligible and how the scheme will be funded and governed.