Common Reporting Standard and Human Rights: new guidance issued for charities >

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.

Posted on 26 Jan 2017 in BWB Publications Read More >

Brexit: The court’s decision – the nature of democracy and the fundamental principle of Parliamentary sovereignty >

You will be well aware by now of the judgment of the Divisional Court handed down on Thursday 3 November in R (on the application of Miller and others) v Secretary of State for the Exiting of the EU [2016] EWHC 2768 (Admin). In its highly anticipated decision, the Court has resoundingly ruled that UK constitutional law requires the approval of Parliament before the Government can begin the formal process of leaving the EU. The constitutional and indeed political importance of this case cannot be underestimated.

Posted on 07 Nov 2016 in Brexit Briefcase Read More >

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse blog: Chair announces new strategy >

On Monday, Professor Jay announced a new strategy to ensure the Inquiry meets its remit (see the press release and full statement). In particular, she expressed the view that the Terms of Reference are achievable because she is proceeding on the basis that the Inquiry will not seek to replicate a traditional public inquiry in respect of each of the thousands of institutions that fall within its remit.

Posted on 19 Oct 2016 in BWB Publications Read More >

Human rights Act – where are we now? >

While the possibility of a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (‘the Bill’) has been on the political agenda for some years, only recently has it moved towards becoming a reality, with a consultation promised by the government in 2016.

 

 

Posted on 14 Oct 2016 in BWB Publications Read More >