The snap general election will be the second to be fought under the scope of expanded rules concerning non-party campaigning, following changes introduced by the controversial ‘Lobbying Act’ 2014. Simon Steeden and Rosamund McCarthy explore how the new rules affect charities, trade associations, trade unions, and other campaigning organisations.
We are now on the final countdown to the GDPR which will apply in the UK from 25 May 2018. The GDPR has been one of the most anxiously awaited pieces of legislation of recent years. While it will undoubtedly introduce a number of changes to data protection practices, our message to charities and social enterprises is “don’t panic”.
In this week's Briefing, eleven civil society umbrella organisations have joined together to highlight to all political parties the importance of engaging with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations at national and local level; the Local Government Association has published a paper for local authorities; the King's Fund has published a new report; and the Information Commissioner has opened a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes.
The Lawyer reported that BWB has been appointed as “one-stop-shop” providers on the 10-strong National Legal Services Framework, awarded by the London Universities Purchasing Consortium.
The Supreme Court has issued guidance on deductions from wages for industrial action, concluding employers are entitled to deduct only 1/365th.
Both domestic law and the European Convention on Human Rights require elections to be ‘free’, and recognise the role of freedom of expression in that process. Rupert Earle and Ross Allan explain the limits of freedom of expression, given that the circulation of untrue information may distort the electoral process.
Bates Wells Braithwaite has been appointed to the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) as a “one-stop-shop” provider across all legal services.
In this week's Briefing, ACEVO has published a financial guide; NCVO has published the 2017 UK Civil Society Almanac; the Insititute of Fundraising has published new insights; researchers from the University of Oxford have published a new report; and OSCR has a published new guidance factsheet.
In this edition of our General Election update, the BWB Politics, Elections and Campaigning law team guides parties, candidates and non-party campaigners through the minefield of the 2017 General Election.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (“DCMS”) recently consulted on some possible areas in which the UK government could add to or amend the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
In this week's Briefing: ACEVO has published “Speaking fairly, acting boldly: the legacy and achievements of charity campaigning”. The Government has confirmed that EU students will remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in academic year 2018 to 2019. The Parliamentary Health Committee has published its report on the effect of Brexit on health and social care. The Social Economy Alliance has launched its manifesto for the General Election.
Most businesses instinctively know that cartels are ‘not above board’. They mostly associate cartels with price-fixing amongst competitors but a cartel can include other less obvious arrangements where businesses effectively agree not to compete with each other.
Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has today announced a new partnership with London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency.
Simon Steeden writes for the Guardian: what charities need to know about campaigning in the general election >
BWB's Simon Steeden has written an article for the Guardian about what charities need to know about campaigning in the 2017 general election.