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Alternative sources of long-term finance News - Briefing

Date: 21/02/2017 Authors : Marc Glancy

This article was published in the Spring issue of Historic House: The Historic Houses Association Magazine and is reproduced by kind permission.

Brexit white paper published – where now for Financial Services? News - Briefing

Date: 09/02/2017 Authors : Louise Bralsford

This week's vote in the House of Commons giving the Prime Minister approval to trigger Article 50 followed the publication of a white paper ( paper ), providing us with slightly more detail about the Government's plan for the UK's withdrawal from the EU.  Mrs May's speech on 17 January cited...

Reporting divorce battles – balancing open justice versus the right to a private breakup News - Briefing

Date: 08/02/2017 Authors : Michael Patrick

Since the press were first allowed to attend family court hearings in 2010, there has been an increasingly fierce debate between family judges over the extent to which divorce matters should be kept private or whether the media should be free to report on what are often intriguing and headline...

Suing social media – the Facebook Ireland cases News - Briefing

Date: 08/02/2017 Authors : Tom Rudkin

Two recent Northern Irish cases have provided useful guidance on the ability to claim compensation from social media companies following the publication of content by other users. 

Charities, culture and VAT – the tale continues News - Briefing

Date: 31/01/2017 Authors : Rachel Holmes

Several years ago, the British Film Institute ( BFI ) appealed to the Tribunal against HMRC’s refusal to repay VAT that it had charged on cinema tickets. BFI argued that the films fell within the cultural services exemption of the VAT Directive. This exemption applied to "certain cultural service...

Government publishes new draft Gender Pay Gap Regulations News - Briefing

Date: 31/01/2017 Authors : Eleanor Rowswell

The new Regulations , which require employers with at least 250 employees to publish annual information on their gender pay gap, are expected to come into force on 6 April 2017. They have been amended following a consultation on its previous version.

Fundraising Regulator publishes the final plans for the Fundraising Preference Service News - Briefing

Date: 31/01/2017 Authors : Rachel Holmes

In October 2016, we reported on the consultation proposals for the Fundraising Preference Service ( FPS ). The Regulator has now published its decision on what the FPS will look like – and it has opted for a much simpler service than that envisaged by the FPS Working Group.

The subject access right: keeping charities on their toes News - Briefing

Date: 31/01/2017 Authors : Owen O'Rorke

If your charity has already been in receipt of a “subject access request” from a difficult or demanding individual, or perhaps an employee in unfortunate circumstances, then you will need no reminding of how burdensome (and time-consuming) it can be. Here follows a quick reference guide to this...

Charities and groups of companies: lessons to learn and pitfalls to avoid News - Briefing

Date: 31/01/2017 Authors : Siobhan Jones, Rachel Holmes

A recent Charity Commission inquiry report offers a number of lessons to charities involved in group structures.

Not-for-profit governance: Consultation launched on changes to the governance code News - Briefing

Date: 31/01/2017 Authors : Anne-Marie Piper, Elizabeth Jones

It is perhaps little surprise that changes are proposed to the sector's governance code after a difficult couple of years for the sector with widespread attacks from the press on issues ranging from remuneration of senior staff to fundraising. This article considers the principles identified in t...

Inn the Field of Play - January 2017: Horseplay: the Jim Best case and some important reminders for sports disciplinary proceedings News - Briefing

Date: 31/01/2017 Authors : Tom Rudkin

Last year's disciplinary case brought by the British Horseracing Authority ("BHA") against Jim Best generated significant media attention, not only because of the seriousness of Mr Best's misconduct, but also because of deficiencies in the initial disciplinary process.  These deficiencies provide...

Information Matters - “Stealing” trade secrets News - Briefing

Date: 30/01/2017 Authors : John Hull

Is it possible to "steal" trade secrets belonging to someone else? It would be tempting to think so for a number of reasons. First, trade secrets are often valuable – the lifeblood of many businesses – so their loss to, say, a competitor would be likely to cause real damage. Second, someone who...

Information Matters - What the new ePrivacy law means for you News - Briefing

Date: 30/01/2017 Authors : Owen O'Rorke

A work in progress for several years (the last changes cane into effect in 2011), and lying dormant while its big sister the General Data Protection Regulation ( GDPR ) was drawn up, the new ePrivacy law finally has a landing date – and, somewhat ambitiously, it is the same as the GDPR (25 May...

Horizon 2020 and Brexit News - Briefing

Date: 25/01/2017 Authors : David Copping 

This is a short update to our pre-referendum piece (available here ) on the impact of a vote to leave the EU on UK organisations’ participation in the EU's "Horizon 2020" research and innovation funding programme.

New standards for British Schools Overseas News - Briefing

Date: 23/01/2017 Authors : Paul Jones, Rachel Holmes

In 2010, the Government established a voluntary inspection scheme to recognise overseas schools that describe themselves as "British" and that meet a set of standards produced by the DfE. Many of the UK independent schools that have now established a presence overseas engage with the scheme, as d...

The Government responds to the Women and Equalities Committee's report on sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools News - Briefing

Date: 23/01/2017 Authors : Rachel Holmes

Last October, we summarised the recommendations of the Women and Equalities Committee, aimed at combating sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools. The recommendations in the report included giving all schools a statutory duty to take appropriate action to prevent and respond to sexual...

Brexit - Supreme Court confirms that Parliament must approve UK's withdrawal from the EU News - Briefing

Date: 24/01/2017 Authors : David Fletcher, Kate Allass

The Supreme Court has today upheld the decision of the High Court and confirmed that the Government must obtain the approval of Parliament before it can give notice to withdraw from the European Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. The judgment (the full text of which can be found...

Freshers: from vulnerable children to adults at risk? What schools and universities need to know about the transfer of safeguarding information between institutions News - Briefing

Date: 24/01/2017 Authors : Kathleen Heycock, Owen O'Rorke

It is well-recognised that vulnerable children can slip off the safeguarding radar when leaving school, and that the line between a 17 and an 18 year old is largely an arbitrary one. It is also true that a transition to the “big wide world” of higher education can be a watershed moment in a...

Hiring out your sports facilities – the VAT implications News - Briefing

Date: 23/01/2017 Authors : Rachel Holmes

St Andrew's College Bradfield (the College) is a charitable boarding school. It is registered for VAT and is the representative member of a VAT group, which includes its two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Bradfield College Developments Limited (Developments) and Bradfield College Enterprises Limited...

Q1 Commercial Forecast 2017 News - Briefing

Date: 23/01/2017 Authors : David Fletcher

Welcome to the first edition of our Commercial Forecast for 2017. We aim to help to keep our business clients in the know about a range of legal developments and issues that might affect them and the markets in which they operate. In this edition we cover a broad range of topics including how you...

Falling Out: how to avoid disputes and how to have difficult conversations News - Briefing

Date: 19/01/2017 Authors : Elizabeth Sainsbury

The age old saying says that you should never mix family and business. Yet, in the UK, there are thousands of successful family businesses that put that adage to the test every day. Often the road to success in family business is not an easy one. The scope for dispute within family businesses is...

Key Regulatory Developments 2017 News - Briefing

Date: 19/01/2017 Authors : Fiona Lowrie, Lucy Penn

This table sets out the key regulatory developments.

Cyberbullying update: New guidance News - Briefing

Date: 19/01/2017 Authors : Adele Eastman, Shehnal Amin

Childnet International is a charity established to help make the internet a safe place for children and young people. It works directly in schools and other settings, and has developed a range of award-winning websites and resources to equip children and young people, parents, carers, teachers an...

Brexit and Immigration - six months on: what should EEA nationals and their families do? News - Briefing

Date: 17/01/2017 Authors : Lee Jackson

Over six months have now passed since the UK electorate voted to leave the EU. Whilst the UK has not yet formally notified the EU of its intention to withdraw, it intends to do so by the end of March. It has become clear that control of immigration is going to form a central plank of the...

Section 40 consultation process ends – the ball is back in the Government's court News - Briefing

Date: 17/01/2017 Authors : Oliver Lock

In the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, the Government announced a two-part judicial public inquiry into the role of the press and the police. Part 1 of the inquiry examined the culture, practices and ethics of the press and was completed in 2012, following which the Chairman ...

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