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Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Legal update: Employment Law

This legal update has been received from Sandy Adirondack, voluntary sector legal expert.

Employment law
Employment resources

PEACe HR service at London Voluntary Service Council closes, but some resources remain available.

TUC International “working in the UK” information available in 17 languages.

“Weekly pay” for redundancy and other awards; Unfair dismissal awards

In effect in England, Wales and Scotland for events taking

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Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Legal update – Tax

We have received this legal update on Tax issues from voluntary sector legal expert, Sandy Adirondack.

Scottish rate of income tax

In effect from 6 April, for individuals whose sole or main residence is in Scotland.

Tax allowances and national insurance thresholds for 2016-17

Tax rates remain the same.

National insurance rates remain the same, but with a new exemption

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Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Legal update: Charity law

This update on Charity Law has come from Sandy Adirondack.

Charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) consultation

The government is (at long last!) consulting from 1 April to 10 June on proposals for charitable companies and community interest companies (CICs) to convert to CIO status.

Details and comment at

See Sandy Adirondack’s legal update website for more details on this or

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Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Legal update: Company law

This update on Company Law has come from Sandy Adirondack.

Register of people with significant control

From 6 April all companies, including charitable companies and community interest companies, must have a register of people with significant control (PSC register) of individuals and legal entities which have “significant influence or control” over them. There must be a register

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Friday, February 12th, 2016

Legal update – charity trustees

This update from charity legal expert Sandy Adirondack offers some resources to help charity trustees in their role and follows the high profile governance failures in large charities.

Resources for chairpersons

A question of balance: A guide to the chair and chief executive relationship, from the Association of Chairs.


Resources for charity trustees (nearly all relevant for non-charities

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Friday, January 29th, 2016

Legal update: charity accounts and reporting

The following update has come from Sandy Adirondack on charity accounts and reporting (Jan 2016).


Nearly all UK charities’ annual reports, and many charities’ annual accounts, have to comply with the statement of recommended practice for charity accounts (charities SORP). For financial years starting before 1 January 2015 the 2005 SORP applied. For financial years starting

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Friday, November 20th, 2015

Legal update – Consumer Rights

Consumer Rights Act 2015

In effect since 1 October, the act covers the information that has to be provided to consumers (individuals who are potential or actual purchasers of goods, services or digital content for purposes which are wholly or mainly outside their trade, business, craft or profession); contract terms; and remedies if goods, service or

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Friday, October 9th, 2015

Get Legal – resource website for VCS

Solicitors Bates Wells and Braithwaite have a new resource service, Get Legal, for charities and social enterprises.

As well as providing affordable legal documents, available to download and customise, there is a Blogs and Knowledge section which will provide regular perspectives and insights on third sector matters.

First up is ‘Q&A: Tax and VAT for charities‘, outlining

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Friday, October 9th, 2015

Legal update: Working time, leave and time off

Working time, leave and time off
Working time rights and travel between home and first client/customer of the day

New ECJ ruling on travel time between home and clients/customers for workers with no fixed or habitual place of work.

Working Time Directive (Limitation) Bill

A private member’s bill which, if it proceeds through parliament and is passed, could have

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Friday, October 9th, 2015

Legal update: Employment Law

Employment law changes 1 October 2015 (and related changes)

These updates has been received from Sandy Adirondack (find all updates at

National minimum wage

NMW goes up from 1 October.

Plus NMW changes: a campaign since 29 July to make it easier to employers to pay workers NMW owed to them; huge increase since 26 May in potential

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