The monthly round-up from the Anthony Collins Solicitors charities team.
The firm’s latest financial results for 2013-14 show revenue growth of 7.2 per cent achieving a £14.5million turnover for the first time in the firm’s 40 year history, up from £13.5million in 2012-13. Net profits increased to £3.3million in 2014, up from £2.3million in 2013, a significant 43% increase in profit.
ACS’s growth has been boosted by a programme of strategic investment in high quality people and new online communication systems that bring greater value to clients.
These investments are now yielding benefits for the 25-strong partnership of 240 staff, explained senior partner Peter Hubbard (pictured).
He said: “This has been a landmark year of growth for ACS and we are greatly encouraged by these results.
“During the past year we have continued to develop as a values led, sector specialist firm with a national influence and a vocational approach to serving our clients.
“Our specialisation is key in order to provide our clients with a depth of great service which is delivered by committed and technically excellent people with a passion for transforming communities and people's lives across the country.
“We certainly see challenges in the market including deregulation of the legal sector, the reduction to the legal aid budget and an increasingly competitive battle for talent.
“I am confident that our firm is very well placed to deal with change in the environment in which we operate and indeed flourish over the next few years.
“Our financial results are testament to the commitment of our people, which is second to none, and I am hugely grateful for their contributions.”
ACS’s confidence in the future is underlined by a string of outstanding achievements for clients across all its key sectors – health and social care, social enterprise, local government and regeneration, faith communities, housing, children and young people, and private client services.
Highlights include the recent landmark ruling in an international surrogacy case brought forward by ACS, which extends the time limit for applying for parental orders, and has far-reaching implications for all areas of child law.
Equally, ACS has been appointed by the Cabinet Office to advise on eight national pilot projects under the Mutuals Support Programme, exploring future options for the delivery of public services.
In this ebriefing, we identify what we see as the key messages arising from recent prosecutions in the care and housing sectors.
A recent High Court case on costs could prove essential reading for clients who have cases in the magistrates' courts.
The employment and pensions team offer practical advice on whistleblowing.
Partners, David Alcock and Sarah Patrice, have been involved in reviewing the new Code of Governance for community-led housing, published on 21 May 2021 by the Confederation for Coop Housing.
Following the eviction ban being lifted on 31 May 2021 and further to our previous ebriefing, the new notice of seeking possession forms are now available on the Government website as Word versions.
The European Court of Justice's standpoint on the Wiener Wohnen landowning developer case, and how the level of influence over the work did not amount to a decisive influence.
The Law Commission's Technical Issues in Charity Law report revealed that many charities struggle with a range of technical issue in the law.
The Law Commission recommended four key changes to the law in respect of mergers and the incorporation of charities which we have detailed in this ebriefing.
Over the last few weeks, we have published individual ebriefings on some of the key changes to be implemented following the Government’s response to the Law Commission’s report.
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