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Charity and Social Enterprise Update >

Our latest Charity and Social Enterprise update covers the implications of the draft Protection of Charities Bill, the problems facing charities in terrorist-controlled areas, the immigration implications of restructuring, the new rules for charity lotteries, charity brand counterfeiting and preventative measures, as well as our regular roundups and more.

Posted on 30 Mar 2015 in Legal Updates Read More >

Supreme Court order disclosure of Prince Charles' "black spider" letters >

The Supreme Court has ruled (by a 5:2 majority) that the Attorney General unlawfully blocked the release of letters sent by Prince Charles to government departments. R (on the application of Evans) v Attorney General [2015] UKSC 21 concerned a Guardian journalist’s request for the letters in 2005 under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).

Posted on 27 Mar 2015 in Legal Updates Read More >

Employment Insight: Social Media: Treading carefully >

Social media cases are often newsworthy, particularly where the conduct of individuals occurs outside work on their own personal social media accounts. A review of the reported cases highlights the extent to which, in certain circumstances, Tribunals are willing to find in favour of an employee. Central to any Tribunal’s decision making will be the extent to which an employer implemented and communicated a social media policy, whether a fair disciplinary process was followed, and whether the employer had carried out an assessment of the potential damage caused to it by an employee’s comments. 

Posted on 27 Mar 2015 in Legal Updates Read More >

Public & Regulatory Law Update >

Our latest Public & Regulatory update covers the general power of competence, personal data changes, the new procurement rules, judicial review reforms, and the basics of non-party election campaigning.

Posted on 18 Mar 2015 in Legal Updates Read More >

BWB Briefing 11 March - For Charities and Social Enterprise >

Want to hear from the new Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, Paula Sussex? Book your place for this year’s DSC Annual Charity Law Conference where Paula will be taking part in the plenary debate. Other sessions include updates on charity law, tax and VAT, employment, fundraising, serious incident reporting and board effectiveness.

Posted on 11 Mar 2015 in Legal Updates Read More >

Charities involved in successful judicial review challenge to legal aid regulations >

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 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.

Posted on 04 Mar 2015 in Legal Updates Read More >

Charities involved in successful judicial review challenge to legal aid regulations >

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.

Posted on 04 Mar 2015 in Legal Updates Read More >

Insight: Vaping at work - where should employers draw the line? >

“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).

 

Posted on 27 Feb 2015 in Legal Updates Read More >

Forthcoming changes to the Immigration Rules for visitors >

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.

Posted on 20 Feb 2015 in Legal Updates Read More >

Insight: Parental rights - Which way is up? >

Ed Miliband this week suggested that a future labour government would double the amount of paid paternity leave from two to four weeks. Paternity pay would also be increased to £260 a week, which is over £100 more than at present. The proposal attracted a great deal of attention and criticism, with some viewing it as a “tax on business”.

Posted on 13 Feb 2015 in Legal Updates Read More >

BWB Briefing 10 February - For Charities and Social Enterprise >

BWB was the lead legal advisor to the first two social impact bonds to make use of social investment tax relief. The purpose of the social impact bonds is to improve accommodation and work outcomes for young homeless people across the Midlands. BWB’s David Hunter comments in today’s Briefing.

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Posted on 10 Feb 2015 in Legal Updates Read More >