Viewing: Legal Updates
BWB regular legal updates, newsletters and bulletins
“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).
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.”
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.
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.
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”.
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.
BWB has now moved to its new offices at 10 Queen Street Place. Click here to view directions to our new location.
The latest instalment of the long-running Woolworth’s case has just emerged in the form of the ECJ Advocate-General’s opinion that an ‘establishment’ is a “local employment unit”.
Our latest Property update looks at capital allowances, break dates, overage, inflation calculation and has a special focus on green issues.
On 31 January 2015, the rules governing permissible company names are due to change in some important ways.
The most significant change in our view relates to the circumstances in which two very similar names may be allowed onto the Register of Companies.
The spotlight on the role of the Charity Commission continues with the announcement of a further Commons Select Committee inquiry.
This is the last BWB Briefing to be sent from our Cannon St offices. Next week’s Briefing will come from our new riverside offices at 10 Queen Street Place.
The latest Employment update looks at secondment and joint employment, clawback, holiday pay, significant updates to the law and other key issues.
Anna Worthington considers if political opinion can constitute a philosophical belief capable of protection under the Equality Act 2010.
A roundup of the latest legal news, opinion and developments for faith-based organisations.
The role and performance of the Charity Commission has come under scrutiny again in the latest National Audit Office report.
BWB is moving in February to new offices near Southwark Bridge. We have surplus furniture to be made available to charities, social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations. The furniture is free to organisations who can collect it from 9th – 28th February. Please click here for more details.
The controversy surrounding the footballer Ched Evans’ attempted return to work has been well reported. Evans was released from prison last year, having served half of a five-year sentence for rape.
Central and local government considering spin outs of services to a new charity should read the OSCR report published last week – details in today’s briefing.
Stephen Lloyd's Memorial
Stephen's memorial service will take place on the 21 January 2015 at 11:00am at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square. Please click here for more information. All are very welcome to attend. Please feel free to notify other networks, with no need to RSVP.
Tesse Akpeki considers how facilitation can make a difference to the quality of leadership for charity boards.
Best wishes for 2015 from everyone at BWB. This Briefing rounds up announcements made over the Christmas and New Year period. Stephen's memorial service will take place on the 21 January 2015 at 11:00am at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square. Please click here for more information. All are very welcome to attend. Please feel free to notify other networks, with no need to RSVP.
Hopefully the majority of Christmas parties were a successful opportunity to reward employees, build relationships and boost morale. But how should employers address any issues of misconduct at the office party, or over the festive period generally?
Stephen's memorial service will take place on the 21 January 2015 at 11:00am at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square. Please click here for more information.
All are very welcome to attend. Please feel free to notify other networks, with no need to RSVP.
All of us at BWB wish you a relaxing and restorative break over Christmas and we look forward to working with you in 2015.
Our gift to you is a break from information overload over the Christmas period – our next BWB Briefing will be sent out the first week of January with a summary of all the news and announcements over the festive season.