Charity Law

Administration of Charities

Administration of Charities

The legal obligations placed upon the Trustees and Directors of Charities are burdensome.  The secret to complying with these effectively is planning and ensuring that the charity keeps key issues under regular review.  The matters which require consideration will naturally vary to some extent depending upon the nature of the charitable organisation, its size and resources but the following are some suggestions of issues to be kept in mind:-

Staff:     

Annual staff appraisals

Annual salary review

Review of contracts of employment/staff

manuals and key procedures and policies e.g.

disciplinary/grievance/equality and diversity.    

Volunteers:     

Are all volunteers properly trained

Annual appraisalsAre there proper volunteer agreements in placeIs it necessary for volunteers to be police checked (CRB) and if so are those systems in place to ensue compliance    

Investments:     

Regular review of investment policy and performance    

Financial:     

Regular review of income and expenditure commitmentsApproval of annual accounts/interim management accountsEnsuring that the accounts are subject to independent verification (whether or not this is legally required it may be prudent risk management)    

Strategy:     

Preparation of annual budgetApproval of investment policy    

Risk Management:     

Review of buildings/public liability/Trustees liability and other relevant insurancesConsideration of risk assessments, for example in relation to safety of operations/working environments/cash handling etc    

Training:     

Training plans for staff / volunteers.

Are all trustees/directors trained as to their legal duties    

Governance:     

What obligations does the CharityConstitution impose in terms of notices of meetings/voting/quorum etc

Ensure that you are aware and comply

Ensure that documentary records are maintained to record issues discussed at meetings and compliance with procedural obligations is recorded.

How up to date is the constitution document regulating your Charity?

Lawson Lewis Blakers and Co are able to provide advice and training in relation to:-

  • The review of Charity Constitutions – we will undertake a review of documents for a small fixed fee – advising as to improvements necessary.
  • The review of employment contracts/volunteer agreements – and procedures and policies.
  • Training of Trustees

We are able to offer specialist advice

Lucy Robinson

Chartered Legal Executive
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