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The latest published statistics show a 14% increase in the number of disputes at the High Court involving FTSE100 banks, but a reduction in the number of defamation claims at Court.

In March 2016 the Charity Commission exercised its permanent protective powers under section 79(2)(a) of the Charities Act 2011 to remove the “principal trustee” of The Catalyst Trust following misconduct and mismanagement identified within the administration of the charity.

The initial operational compliance case was opened in October 2013, following a complaint from a member of the public that the charity's rental income was being paid to a third party, rather than to the charity itself.

It has been around five years since the The Cup Trust story broke, the effects of which are still being seen today in the form of the Charity Commission’s more “robust” approach to regulation and the introduction of new regulatory powers in the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 (some of which are discussed in an earlier blog available here:

Theresa May called a snap election in order to strengthen her mandate to negotiate the Brexit deal. She wholly failed in this stated aim.

It was reported yesterday that The Times newspaper intends to take the Charity Commission to the European Court of Human Rights over a long running dispute concerning freedom of information requests made by The Times in relation to a now defunct charity established by George Galloway, known as The Mariam Appeal. The Times alleges that the Commission has unlawfully withheld information relating to investigations conducted by the Commission into the charity.

As many will be aware, the Charity Commission recently opened compliance cases into eleven charities following the issue fines by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for misusing donor information. The charities in question have been found by the ICO to have breached data protection law through a variety of activities including data sharing, wealth screening and data matching.

On 15 March 2017 the Charity Commission announced that it had updated a key piece of its financial guidance – Charity finances: trustee essentials (CC25) ( in an effort to ensure that trustees are aware of, and understand their basic financial responsibilities when running a charity.

In this recent case, the General Medical Council (GMC) made an application to the Court for an extension of an interim order imposed upon Dr AC to suspend his practise for 12 months. The interim order, which placed restrictions upon Dr AC’s practise, in place at the time was due to expire on 22 March 2017.

Parental alienation is a form of emotional abuse that has recently gained considerable momentum both within the court system and in the press.  In recent years, forms of emotional abuse have become much more recognised and in some circumstances criminalised.  Parental alienation is the process whereby one parent successfully “brainwashes” or influences a child in to showing unwarranted fear or hostility toward the other parent; essentially rejecting one parent in order to please the other.  This is also a process that is almost exclusive to divorce/separation proceedings.

Negotiating a transaction

When approaching a transaction experience has shown us some of the key considerations are as follows: