It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
Merry Christmas and welcome to our charity news update.
As we all come to the end of a busy year, we’d like to share some of our highlights with you, as well as some articles for you to consider in the New Year.
- Catherine Gibbons looks at the impact of a charity’s independence, even from charitable partners.
- Katie Crosbie provides a general guide to some of the issues faced by transgender and non-binary people in employment.
- Safa Murad reviews the aftermath of the Oxfam inquiry and explains what to do should you find yourself facing an inquiry.
- Natalie Barbosa looks at the issues facing charities when it comes to ethical investments.
Some highlights of 2019 include:
- Edwina Turner’s contribution to the CLA working party on the British Standards Institute draft Code of Practice for Governance and Management of Charities and Funding Bodies consultation.
- Phil Watts, Sarah Tomlinson and Edwina Turner’s appointment by the Charity Commission to act as interim managers for various charities facing problems.
- Our ranking in the peer-nominated The Time Top 200 Law Firms, specifically commended for our charity work.
- Esther Campsall’s participation at the Charity Commission round table on serious incident reporting.
- Natalie Barbosa and Catherine Gibbons hosting events for Manchester and North-West-based charities.
- A well-attended London events programme, led by Natalie Barbosa, including partnerships with Civil Society Magazine and Sayer Vincent.
- Securing funding from ethical and mainstream lenders led by Alex Tindall, Laura Mynott and Jon Coane.
- Edwina Turner and Sarah Tomlinson have provided complex trusts advice to faith clients at all levels, to enable them to achieve their aims and serve their communities and society innovatively.
- Phil Scully, Beulah Allaway and Kieran Binnie and I have developed property and construction projects for large charity clients.
- Our employment team, including Alice Kinder, Doug Mullen and Matthew Gregson, continue to advise in challenging areas for charities as they pursue their mission.
We’re developing a programme of events for 2020 and will be sharing more articles covering issues facing charities. If there are any topics that you would like us to cover, please get in touch.
Head of Charities
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
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