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Charity Commission guidance on managing financial difficulties and recovery

Trustees, in particular those of smaller charities, will welcome recent guidance from the Charity Commission on working through financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance, which we recommend trustees read in full on the Government’s website, offers practical advice on managing finances, considering the charity’s best interests, and what to do […]

Trustees’ duties & charity land: 6 frequently-asked questions

Getting the best deal for your charity, while complying with charity law, is part and parcel of being a trustee; but what are the legal requirements when it comes to selling, leasing or mortgaging land that is owned by a (non-exempt) charity? Solicitor, Charlotte Brunsdon, outlines the rules… The trustees want to dispose of (i.e. […]

Charity of the Year grand total: We raised over £10k for Winston’s Wish

We are delighted to have raised in excess of £10,000 for our chosen charity of 2017/18, Winston’s Wish. This month our charity committee invited Malaney Varaljay-Boyce, head of regional fundraising and events at Winston’s Wish, to our offices to present the final fundraising figure. Over the past financial year, our staff have taken part in […]

History repeats itself as we re-ignite our partnership with Winston’s Wish

Sixteen years ago, a group of our lawyers emptied their pockets and dusted off their walking boots in aid of Winston’s Wish to climb the highest mountains of England, Scotland and Wales within 24 hours. This year, we’ve linked up again with Winston’s Wish as our charity of the year, and are busy planning quizzes, raffles, concerts and sporting competitions to raise money for the Cheltenham-headquartered charity. To kick-start our […]

Willans have raised over £10,000 for The Nelson Trust

We are delighted to have raised in excess of £10,000 for our chosen charity of the year (2016-17), The Nelson Trust.   On Tuesday 20 June our charity committee invited Ann Buxton, chair of trustees and Melissa Atherton, corporate & events coordinator at The Nelson Trust, to tea at our offices to present them with […]

Lessons to be learned from charity commission inquiry

The Earl of Chester’s Fund is a grant-making trust within the county of Cheshire. The Charity Commission opened a compliance case after receiving a complaint that the charity made a grant to a non-charitable company that was linked to a trustee. The trustees in this case accepted that the grant was made in error and […]

Best results yet for Willans in the latest national legal guide

The 2016 edition of The Legal 500 recognises that Willans has had another successful year, giving us a top tier department ranking and including one of our partners in the ‘elite list’ of outstanding lawyers nationwide. The results show that 11 of our departments are ranked, including a new top tier accolade for commercial litigation […]

Lincing together to raise close to £11,000 to help beat cancer

Our lawyers and staff have raised in excess of £10,800 (and counting) for a local cancer charity by running a full programme of events. They organised a carol concert, business quiz evening for 200 people, pool competition, sponsored Divas Opera event at Pittville Pump rooms, cake bake-offs, had staff participate in sporting challenges and put […]

Willans helps national charity acquire new out-of-town ‘superstore’ in Cheltenham’s Tewkesbury Road

We continue to act in the shop expansion of national charity Sue Ryder, which today opens a 4,200 sq ft superstore on Tewkesbury Road in Cheltenham. Sue Ryder is a well-known charity founded by Sue Ryder in 1953, which supports people with complex needs and life-threatening illnesses across the UK and internationally. It provides around […]

Three top tips for charity trustees this spring

Charlotte Brunsdon in our charities & not-for-profit legal team outlines three tips for charity trustees to consider this spring. Updated finance guidance The Charity Commission has updated key finance guidance to show clearly that trustees are ultimately responsible for their charity’s finances. It covers the importance of having a good reserves policy and how trustees […]

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