Charity, Religion and the State: An Uneasy Relationship - London - 12.09.2018

This is a major conference exploring the tensions in the relationship between religious charities and the State. The emphasis will be on current issues. It will be of interest not only to lawyers but also to those managing and advising religious charities as well as those with an interest in the interaction between religion and the law in a particular area.

Organised by the Edmund Plowden Trust, publishers of Law and Justice, the Christian Law Review with the support of the Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University; the University of Liverpool, Charity Law and Policy Unit and the Association of Church Treasurers and Accountants (ACAT).


Date and Location

Wednesday 12 September 2018
London Campus, University of Liverpool in London, 33 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG



1.30pm:   Registration and refreshments

2.00pm:   Introduction and Opening Remarks: John Duddington, Editor, Law and Justice, the Christian Law Review
John is an Associate of the Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University and former Head of the Law School, Worcester College of Technology. He has written widely both on charity law and law and religion generally and will be chairing the conference.

2.10pm:   Hubert Picarda QC. Public Benefit and Religion
Hubert is the leading expert on charity law and the author of "The Law and Practice relating to Charities" and acted for the Preston Down Trust (Plymouth Brethren) in the application for registration as a charity.

2.40pm:   Matthew Smith: The Catholic Adoption Case
Matthew is a barrister and a member of Maitland Chambers. He represented the Catholic adoption agency engaged in a long-running appeal concerning the extent of the charity exemption in the Equality Act 2010. (Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) v Charity Commission (2012)).

3.10pm:   Break for Tea

3.30pm: Paul Barber: Faith Schools and the Admissions Cap
Paul is a barrister and has been the Director of the Catholic Education Service for England and Wales since 2012. He was previously Director of the Archdiocese of Westminster Education Service.

4.00pm:   Robert Meakin: Limits on the Court and Charity Commission looking at Religious Doctrine when deciding charitable status
Robert is a partner in the Charity and Social Enterprise team at Stone King LLP and has over 25 years' experience of advising charities. He holds a PhD in Charity Law and is the author of 'The Law of Charitable Status: Maintenance and Removal' (CUP 2008)

4.30pm:   Panel Discussion

5.00pm:  Close of Conference



John Duddington | Hubert Picarda QC | Matthew Smith | Paul Barber | Robert Meakin



(including tea following the conference and refreshments on arrival)


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