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The breakdown of the relationship between employer and employee is always difficult, but particularly so in a faith-based organisation when the employee concerned has a spiritual role in the organisation and wider faith community.
Our special focus on property matters for faith-based organisations starts with a look at the specific issues that these organisations face when planning to acquire property.
The Charity Commission has issued guidance on its new power to issue official warnings to charities. Alice Faure Walker and Emma Knuckey explore what the new power means for charities.
It is not just presidential candidates who need to be aware of the dangers of using a personal email account for business matters. When a charity receives a data subject access request, staff and trustees may be required to disclose information held on personal email accounts or mobile phones.
Caritas Anchor House has a rich history, marked by their desire to offer hope and support to those who need it most. Established in the 1960s to provide temporary accommodation to out-of-work seafarers, they now provide support to those affected by homelessness.
Faith-based charities often support overseas charities, but need to take care that these payments fall within HMRC’s definition of charitable purposes. Stephanie Biden explains how to avoid falling foul of HM Revenue and Customs when working with partners overseas.
More than ever before, charity trustees’ decisions are in the spotlight and face public scrutiny in those cases when things go wrong. Leona Roche looks at what trustees can do to make sure their decisions will withstand scrutiny and challenge.
The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 provides charities with additional powers to make social investments and clarifies the responsibilities of trustees when making such investments. Oliver Hunt outlines the provisions of the Act and its application in the real estate context.
Charities are having to get to grips with the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), one aspect of which has been the implications for beneficiaries abroad, where disclosure to the foreign tax authority may give rise to a risk to their human rights. An extremely successful initiative by the Association of Charitable Foundations, with BWB acting as their lawyers, has led to HMRC agreeing to put in place a mechanism to protect human rights.
Moving offices can be a stressful time, with most organisations ending one lease almost simultaneously with moving to new premises. Chinonso Denwigwe provides a useful checklist to consider when your lease is coming to an end.
While investor interest in social housing remained after the Brexit vote, the impact of downgrades on housing association credit ratings has yet to play out. Neil Lambert takes a look at the impact of the Brexit vote and recent deals in the sector.