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Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has advised The Oldershaw School in Wallasey on their conversion to new academy status. The Oldershaw is the first comprehensive school on the Wirral to be invited to become an academy by Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove, who gave his approval on the 1 July 2011.

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has concluded the registration of Swansea Valley Miners Appeal Fund as a registered Charities.

The Swansea Valley Miners Appeal Fund was founded by Peter Hain MP and the South Wales branch of the National Union of Mineworkers in response to the tragic death of four miners at Gleision Colliery in South Wales earlier this month. The fund will support the families of the victims who need help to survive and recover for the future. The Royal Patron of the fund is HRH the Prince of Wales.

Tomorrow (14 March 2012) is implementation day for the Charities Act 2011 which will make Charities law easier to comprehend, says Stephen Claus, Partner and Head of Charities and Social Enterprise at Brabners Chaffe Street.

The Charities Act 2011 replaces most of the Charities Act 1992, 1993, and 2006. It also replaces in its entirety the recreational Charities Act 1958.

It does not replace the sections in the Charities Acts that deal with fund raising which have not yet taken effect e.g. charitable collections in public places.

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has announced its sponsorship of the Charities Law & Policy Unit (CLPU) at the University of Liverpool.

The only unit of its kind in England and Wales, the main focus of the CLPU is on researching the law as it affects the Charities sector. The CLPU has always concentrated on providing relevant research of high quality and in making the results of that research available to the Charities sector and its advisers.

In this world of economic uncertainty Stephen Claus discusses the increasing pressure on local authorities to make less go further and to inadvertently or otherwise inappropriately deal with recreation grounds.
 
Many charities, wary of the personal financial risks to trustees and members, use limited liability companies as a means of mitigating personal liability and in most cases, opt to establish as a company limited by guarantee. However, charities set up in this manner suffer the dual burden of regulation by both the Charity Commission and Companies House requiring an awareness of both Charity and Company law and the filing of documents with both regulatory bodies.
 
Many people will know that there is guidance from the Charity Commission in this area by way of a leaflet downloadable from their web site called CC11.
 
In public life there has been much debate and criticism recently in respect of public officials and their expenses claims. We will all have read about the MPs and certain inappropriate expenses claimed for the likes of duck houses.
 
In any public office, including charity, it is important that there is transparency so as to avoid the accusation of inappropriate gain.
Insurance is all about perceived risk, and your attitude to that. For example, some people do not insure their home contents because they consider the cost of insurance inappropriate by comparison with the risk. Others would be very uncomfortable unless they had insurance. Prudent people assess the risk and then make a decision on the facts.
 
Prudence would dictate that most people should insure their possessions and their homes and often other valuable items.
 
In the present difficult financial climate there has been and in deed is inevitably a lot of talk of charities and mergers.
 
So then is it right that charities should be considering a merger? How do you know?
 
It is true to say that charity trustees should always consider whether or not a merger could be potentially good for their charity and therefore their beneficiaries. It is appropriate that if a suitable opportunity arises should give it serious consideration.
 
Can Charity Trustees be paid?
 
The concept of unpaid Trusteeship has been one of the defining characteristics of the charitable sector contributing significantly to public confidence in charities. 
 
The basic position is therefore that the office of Trustee is that of volunteer and as such no payment for Trusteeship can normally be made. This does not preclude the payment of out of pocket expenses legitimately incurred in conducting the office of Trustee. 
 

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