Charity Law

Regulation of Charities

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Regulation of Charities

Charitable organisations receive a number of benefits and both for this reason and because they are often entrusted with donations by members of the public and others, they are subject to regulation and monitoring.

The Charity Commission is the government agency entrusted with ensuring that Charities comply with the legal obligations imposed by Charity Law.  The Charity Commission tends to adopt a supportive role to Charities who are having difficulties with, for example, minor questions of compliance or “low risk” issues but have extensive investigatory and other powers where their concerns are more serious.  Serious matters include cases where there has been financial loss or where there is a likelihood of damage to public trust and confidence in charities generally, financial loss to the intended beneficiaries of the charity concerned or criminality.

The Charity Commission may institute a formal inquiry into the affairs of a charity to ascertain the facts and whether there has been mis-management or criminal acts.  The Commission has the power to demand that charities produce documents, file accounts and that representatives of the charity attend to be formally questioned.

The Charity Commission may make emergency orders including suspending the appointment of trustees or services of particular employees of the charity, seizing property and vesting it in the name of the Official Custodian or directing Trustees to preserve assets.

The Charity Commission also has a wide range of permanent powers including removing trustees, members, officers or employees, directing trustees to take specific actions, to enter premises  (having first obtained a warrant) to seize documents or to direct that a charity be wound up.

Decisions of the Charity Commission can in some circumstances be appealed or reviewed, before the Charity Tribunal.  The Tribunal has the power to make Orders for costs.

Lawson Lewis Blakers are able to offer specialist advice in relation to all issues of Charity Law.

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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

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