The Information Commissioner has, in a report to Parliament, recommended extending the access to information regimes under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).
The results of a recent poll conducted by ACAS suggest that the current political stalemate is matched by a degree of frustration in the workplace over the slow pace of change to attitudes and culture. Workers report that their number one concern remains balancing work and home life (53%). However, the majority (63%) think flexible working arrangements will stay about the same in the next year.
We are within 60 days of ‘Exit Day’. We are all very concerned about (the Speaker of the House of Commons) John Bercow’s larynx, and Barclays Bank is triggering its no-deal Brexit plan at a reported cost of £160bn. What would a ‘no-deal Brexit’ look like for your organisation? What, if anything, can you be doing to prepare?
Amid portents of food shortages, power cuts and even civil unrest, the one question that is gripping UK businesses and charities more than any other is: ‘what will happen to our EU Trade Mark rights?!’
In this week's Briefing: The International Development Secretary has published an update on DFID’s work on safeguarding. The Children's Commissioner for England has published a report on home schooling. Two trading subsidiaries of a Scottish charity have been unsuccessful in their appeals against OSCR’s refusal to register them as charities.
Following the publication of the Cairncross Review, the independent report into the financial future of the UK news industry, Lawrie Simanowitz has given his reaction to the Review’s findings and recommendations.
There are now less than 50 days until ‘Exit Day’ and unsurprisingly the news is full of insight as to how organisations are making their own preparations for post-Brexit Britain.
After a tumultuous year for charities in the wake of several safeguarding scandals, Emma Dowden-Teale speaks to Charity Finance about shifting definitions and new responsibilities.
Luke Fletcher, partner in Bates Wells’ Charity & Social Enterprise team, has set out the reasons why Bates Wells believes that the Impact Economy has the “potential to affect the whole economic system” in a piece for Pioneer’s Post.
In this week's Briefing: The Charity Commission has published “Dealing with wrongdoing and harm”, a report setting out lessons for trustees from the Commission’s compliance work. A new system alerting charities to when they have been left money in wills is to be established by HM Courts and Tribunals Service.
Abbie Rumbold, partner in Bates Wells’ Charity & Social Enterprise team, has contributed to a Charity Finance roundtable focusing on how Brexit is likely to impact on the UK’s civil society.
Planning and forecasting around legacies is a problem many charities suffer from. On 31 January 2019 HMCTS announced that it will shortly be ending its current arrangement with Smee & Ford, due to inconsistencies between the service and HMCTS’ “legal duties”.
The Charity Commission has recently published its report on its work dealing with wrongdoing and harm in charities in 2017-18. The report includes findings on insider fraud - loss of charitable funds to your own staff and volunteers.
Bates Wells is pleased to announce we will be sponsoring the Health category of the DigitalAgenda Impact Awards taking place this March.
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), alongside other data privacy law, places a greater responsibility on all businesses to protect the personal data of those they deal with. All those involved in the real estate industry should be up to speed on their obligations.
Paul Jennings, partner in Bates Wells’ Employment team, has been selected for The Lawyer’s 2019 Hot 100 list.
In this week's Briefing: HMRC has published an updated Sponsorship VAT Notice with new content on crowdfunding. NCVO has launched “Time Well Spent” a report detailing the findings from its national survey on the volunteer experience.
National governing bodies and sports organisations are modernising as our changing world creates new problems and presents new opportunities to the sporting world.