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.

Dominic Curran

Head of Charities