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May 2013

  • 24

    The Future For Charities

    Charities are feeling mounting pressure on all sides, from additional and changing regulatory requirements, challenges to funding streams as well as the on going need to demonstrate value for money.

  • 23

    All Change For The Lands Tribunals

    On 1 July 2013 the Transfer of Tribunal Functions Order 2013 will come into force. It will abolish three existing tribunals, namely the Agricultural Lands Tribunal (“the ALT”), the Rent Assessment Committee and the Adjudicator to HM Land Registry.
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    When Does A Director Have Authority To Bind A Company?

    Picture the scenario: you have entered into negotiations with the director of a company and you agree with him a contract between you and that company. That company has indicated to you that the director has authority to negotiate and finalise the contract.

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    Growth And Infrastructure Act 2013: Planning Changes

    On 25 April 2013, the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013 (GIA) received Royal Assent. The Government says that the GIA “will help the country compete on the global stage by introducing a comprehensive series of practical measures to reduce confusing and overlapping red tape that delays and discourages business investment, housing development, new infrastructure and job creation”.

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    Shares For Employment Rights

    At the Conservative Party Conference on 8 October 2012, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced a new Employee Shareholder Scheme.

  • 10

    New Rules For Change Of Use From Office To Residential

    The Government has published legislation to introduce new permitted development rights to enable offices to be converted to homes without the need for planning permission.

  • 09

    Independent Schools And Cios: A New Specialist Structure?

    The Charitable Incorporated Organisation, the new legal structure for charities, is now with us. So is it suitable for an independent school? There is one very good reason to consider the merits, although it may not be attractive for some.

  • 08

    Simpler Process For Share Buy-Backs

    On 30 April 2013 new regulations (the Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 18) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/999)) ("the Buyback Regulations 2013") came into force.

  • 07

    Asleep At The Wheel: The Accountability Of Charity Trustees And Regulators

    Trustees and the Charity Commission are responsible for governing their particular charities and the sector as a whole, respectively. Yet two high profile cases demonstrate this control is not always effective. If the public’s trust in charities is to be maintained, there must be a better show of strength in governance and regulation.

  • 07

    Banks Freeze Joint Accounts If Husband Loses Capacity

    Couples often think that owning everything jointly means that they don’t need to protect each other by giving a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) to their spouse. However, there has been a reminder that this isn’t the case.