Britain’s second-largest recruitment firm Cordant is due to become a social enterprise. The news that BWB Advisory and Impact has been appointed to assess Cordant’s social impact over the next five years was covered in two recent articles by Pioneer’s Post.
In the wake of the Law Commission’s recent report entitled “Technical Issues in Charity Law”, many across the charities and social enterprises sector have been pondering what this means for their administrative processes.
On 22 September 2017 the Charity Commission published an updated version of its guidance on “reporting serious incidents”. This sets a framework for voluntary reporting by charities – there is no statutory underpinning save that charities which are obliged to file an annual return have to confirm within the annual return whether or not they have reported any serious incidents.
Charitable companies are required by a combination of company law and charity law to disclose certain information about their organisations. BWB's Alice Faure Walker and Rachel Norman outline the requirements.
BWB's Luke Fletcher writes for British Academy, following a business breakfast held as part of the British Academy's new programme The Future of Corporation.
The legal battle between Uber and drivers Yaseen Aslam and James Farrer regarding “employed worker status” has reached the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT).
Paul Jennings has been quoted in two pieces written by The Guardian (accessible here and here), City AM, The Huffington Post, Evening Standard and The Independent concerning the upcoming landmark appeal case that his team is fighting against Uber.
In this week's Briefing, the Government has published its response to a BEIS report; the ICO is consulting on draft guidance on contracts and liabilities between controllers and processors under the General Data Protection Regulation; the Frudraising Regulator has now launched registration for commercial fundraising businesses; the IoF has launched a new Certification Programme; and the Vulnerable Customer Taskforce of the Direct Marketing Association has developed a policy template.
The Charity & Social Enterprise department are delighted to present their Autumn 2017 Update.
In the recent case of RSPB, Friends of the Earth & Client Earth v. Secretary of State for Justice  EWHC 2309 (Admin), were partially successful in their application for judicial review, which sought to challenge amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules (‘CPR’) governing costs in environmental legal challenges.
Simon Steeden has blogged for Civil Society on whether the charities and social enterprises sector his “hit the end of the road in its efforts to persuade the Government to repeal or amend the Lobbying Act”.
In this week's charity briefing: NCVO has published a new guide on how to talk about charity issues that the public are concerned about; the Local Government Association has published a report on housing older people, which includes case studies demonstrating how some local authorities have dealt with housing the ageing population; the Data Protection Bill 2017 has now been published and has had its first reading in the House of Lords; the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has launched a consultation on proposed changes to the Annual Monitoring Return 2018.
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A draft charities Bill has been published, as part of the Law Commission’s final report into technical issues in charity law. The report has looked at selected issues where the Law Commission considered charity regulation could be streamlined and has recommended a number of amendments to the Charities Act 2011.
Bates Wells Braithwaite, the B Corporation and national law firm, has been appointed by the lead claimants in a landmark employment rights case against gig employer Uber.
BWB write for LUPC Magazine about the eight definitive changes that the GDPR will bring and what organisations will need to review - and in many cases revise - to deal with the increased compliance burden.
In this week's charity briefing, updates from the Fundraising Regulator; the Department of Health and Public Health England are inviting the applications to set up a new social prescribing scheme; the HCA is introducing fees for social housing regulation from 1 October 2027; the Government has established an independent review of full time social action in the UK; and the Office of Scottish Charity Regulator has opened a consultation on its draft fundraising guidance.
For many, particularly charities, membership associations and those active in public or third sectors, competition law is about as relevant as particle physics. At BWB, our extensive experience across the public and private sectors of the UK economy means we have a good understanding of the dynamics at play.