Charity Law

Appointment of Charity Trustees

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Appointment of Charity Trustees

Qualifications Required For Charity Trustees

In order to be eligible to act as a charity trustee an individual must:-

  1. Be over 18 years – children over 16 years can be appointed as Directors of a charitable company – though care is needed.  Children are not always liable for the consequences of their actions which may sometimes pass to their parents.  Trustee indemnity insurance may not cover minors.
  2. Be eligible under the terms of the Charities constitutional trust document – for example, some governing documents may debar appointment of those subject to mental health restrictions.
  3. Not have been disqualified from acting either by a previous order of the Charity Commission or subject to disqualification as acting as a company director (whether or not the charity is to be a limited company) including:- 
  • Un-discharged bankrupt
  • Convicted of a serious criminal offence
  • Repeatedly failed to comply with the law relating to companies
  • Been subject to a BERR investigation

The Charity Commission do undertake checks on those intending to act as Trustees and acting whilst disqualified is unlawful – although it is possible to apply to the Charity Commission for special permission – if the circumstances warrant this.

Tips when recruiting charity trustees include:-

  • Ensure that all prospective trustees are made aware of the classes of individuals who may be disqualified.
  • Ensure that a specification of the skills required to administer the trust are established (eg financial, fundraising etc)
  • Make sure that your board of trustees collectively have the range of expertise necessary to supervise all of the functions of the charity -  operational, financial and regulatory issues
  • Ensure that all trustees are fully trained as to their responsibilities and fully understand the level of time commitment required to properly fulfil their obligation.

Lawson Lewis Blakers are able to help with training charity trustees and run a programme of seminars of topical interest to all those involved in the Charity sector. We are also able to advise charities/trustees facing regulatory issues (e.g. from the Charity Commission)

Employment Law- Fixed Fees

INITIAL FREE HALF HOUR APPOINTMENT

This includes:- Attending you for a preliminary appointment to see whether you have a case or can defend a case. Please note that this is for 30 minutes only and does not include advice in writing.


We are able to offer fixed fees to both claimants and respondents in relation to Employment Tribunal claims. Please contact us for specialist advice and further details.

Preliminary Advice

This includes:

Taking instructions (up to 1.5 hours)

Detailed advice letter

 

Fee £250

VAT @20%

TOTAL £300

Employment Tribunal Proceedings

Advising employee on an Acas Early Conciliation Notification (now an essential first step before lodging an employment claim)

 

Fee £200

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240

  

Preparation of a Claim Form ET1 on behalf of an employee

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

  

Preparation of a Claimant's Schedule of Loss

 

Fee £200

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240

 

 Preparation of a Claimant's List of Documents

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

Advising an employee in relation to a flexible working request

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

 Preparation of contracts of employment and statutory terms and conditions

 

Fee £250 - £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £300 - £480

  

Preparation of standard disciplinary and grievance procedures

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

 

Drafting and preparation of Respondent’s Response ET3

 

Fee £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £480

Preparation of Witness Statements

Fee £200 - £400

VAT @20%

TOTAL £240 - £480

Lucy Robinson

Chartered Legal Executive
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