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HTMLParliamentary Committee Calls for Evidence on Draft Protection of Charities Bill
Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 12, 2014, previously published on November 28, 2014
The parliamentary committee of MPs and peers considering the new powers set out in the draft Protection of Charities Bill heard evidence from the Charity Commission on 18 November 2014 as part of their call for evidence.

 

HTMLDonations to a Charity from its Trading Subsidiary: Unlawful?
Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 12, 2014, previously published on November 28, 2014
The Charity Commission has withdrawn its longstanding endorsement of donations to a parent charity that exceed the donating subsidiary’s distributable profits in light of a report by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

 

HTMLCharity Commission Compliance Case: Founder Benefit and Conflicts of Interest
Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 12, 2014, previously published on November 28, 2014
The Charity Commission recently reported on an Operational Compliance case into the alleged conflicts of interest and private benefits relating to the estate agency business of the founder of House the Homeless.

 

Adobe PDFIntellectual Property, A Challenge for the Next President
Simoes Intellectual Property - Brazil;
Legal Alert/Article
November 27, 2014, previously published by O Globo Newspaper
Formed by executives of big companies, the National Innovation Initiative (MEI) group recently expressed the need for a new regulatory framework to encourage, in an effective way, the innovation in the country. The group, which gathers Embraer, Natura, Ultra Group, among other companies, announced...

 

Adobe PDFAnalisys os the Latest Legal Proposal to Amend Brazil's IP Law
Ana Góis, Igor Simões; Simões Intellectual Property - Brazil;
Legal Alert/Article
November 27, 2014, previously published by World Intellectual Property Review on September/October, 2014
Two congressmen from the Brazilian House of Representatives intend to amend some of the main articles in the current industrial property law (IPL) as a way of reforming the patent system. According to the bill’s authors, Newton Lima and the politician known simply as Dr. Rosinha, both...

 

HTMLCharity Commission Compliance Case: Conflicts, Restricted Funds and SORP
Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 27, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014
The Charity Commission spells out the importance of managing conflicts of interest, identifying restricted funds and filing SORP compliant accounts in an Operational Compliance Report.

 

HTMLVoluntary Trustees and Litigation Costs
Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 27, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014
An employment dispute provides a useful reminder to charity trustees about personal liability and confirms that it may be inappropriate to award litigation costs against volunteer trustees.

 

HTMLCharity Commission Compliance Case: International Projects and Identity Fraud
Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 27, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014
The Charity Commission investigates the handling of an identity fraud perpetrated against a charity’s partner organisation in Uganda that resulted in a £30,000 loss to the charity.

 

HTMLLawyers Call for the Lords to Change the Judicial Review Bill to Protect Charities
Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 27, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014
Concern has been raised that the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill raises an automatic expectation that charities intervening in judicial review cases will pay the costs of other parties that are attributable to their intervention.

 

HTMLThe Charity Commission is to Receive New Funding and Powers
Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 27, 2014, previously published on October 29, 2014
The Commission is set to receive 9 million pounds of additional funding to help it focus on its monitoring and enforcement work and anticipates receiving from the draft Protection of Charities Bill many of the powers it has proposed.

 


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