Hilary Homfray joins Anthony Collins Solicitors after working for Birmingham City Council for 14 years. With more than 60,000 properties, she was kept busy!
The event was held on 13 February at the firm’s Birmingham office.
Edwina Turner, associate and Shivaji Shiva, senior associate lead the event with an interactive first half of the seminar, comparing CIOs to other existing legal structures and a second half opportunity for delegates to have their CIO queries answered directly.
The long-anticipated CIO structure was introduced to address inadequacies in the current range of legal options in the third sector. It is expected to be a natural choice for many smaller and simply structured charities. It will also be of real value to larger charities but it will not suit all of them and many will have good reasons to stick to longer established legal structures. CIOs present particular opportunities for faith-based charities and umbrella bodies seeking to foster charitable community activities.
Shivaji said: “The sector has been waiting for the CIO structure for 13 years, however now that it has been implemented many are unsure as to what impact it will really have. Trustees and staff need to understand the structure in order to assess its merits and in some cases they may find that a more traditional legal form is actually better for their needs.
The seminar helped to address these issues, highlighting the pros and cons of CIOs and ultimately ensuring that trustees felt equipped to make the best judgment for their organisations.
The use of large up-front fees and disproportionate deposits has already resulted in significant cost consequences for one care provider.
The government announced on 16 May that it will provide a fund of £400m to cover the costs of removal and replacement of cladding to high rise residential blocks which have failed tests.
Whilst some people are under the impression that preparing a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is simply a case of completing a form and ticking a few boxes, it is about far more than this.
A big fear for some people facing divorce and the inevitable carving up of the matrimonial assets. They seek assurances that such assets will be “ring-fenced” and retained for them.
Thinking about the legal status of being a cohabitant probably isn’t at the top of the ‘to do’ list.
When an individual is thinking about making a gift to another individual, consideration needs to be given to the Potentially Exempt Transfer (PET) trap.
We are now only a few weeks away from the biggest change to data protection laws in over 20 years. Are you compliant?
The tragedy, in this case, is that there were options readily available to the midwives that they could have used. This was not a case of having to go above and beyond.
Arising from the recent Family Division announcement, people who think they are legally divorced may in fact still be married.
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