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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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.