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We have analysed each of the Charity Commission’s inquiry reports published in 2021 and have identified three key, recurring themes that charity trustees across the sector should be aware of and potentially review at their own charity, if necessary.

Despite the significant challenges that charities and social enterprises have faced since the beginning of the first lockdown, the number of mergers has not risen noticeably in the sector as anticipated. In this article we look at why this might be and provide guidance on how best to proceed if your charity is considering a collaboration or merger.

In light of the increase in whistleblowing disclosures, as reported by the Charity Commission, in this article we consider why this might be and look at the legal definition of whistleblowing, who has protection and what protection they have.

This article looks at the lessons to learn from the HIV Scotland data breach, which involved failings in its data security practices around bulk emails and resulted in a £10,000 fine

Safeguarding update – a roundup of recent developments

This article summarises some recent and upcoming developments in relation to safeguarding that charities need to be aware of, including new duties around sexual harassment in the workplace.

Partner Harriet Broughton was quoted in Third Sector about the significance of the Court of Appeal ruling involving Christian fostering charity Cornerstone.

Stone King has once again been recognised for its expertise in both charity and education law by its inclusion in The Times Best Law Firms 2022 list of top 200 legal practices in England and Wales, which is compiled independently and based on peer review. To read more, please follow the link.

Virtual Charity Training: The essential trustee and governance in practice - 16.12.2021

Stone King’s free training programme to equip charity trustees and members of senior management teams with the knowledge they need to carry out their roles effectively.

Hints and tips for dealing with charity litigation and disputes - 07.12.2021

This webinar is part of our charity trustee training programme and will cover some common scenarios that trustees may have to deal with including settling disputes, when and how to involve the Charity Commission and the rules relating to the disclosure and preservation of documents.

Stone King Advent Series

Stone King is offering a free Advent Series of webinars aimed specifically at faith based charities. Each Wednesday during advent we will review some of the key legal developments of 2021 across a range of areas, including commercial property; international movement post Brexit and pandemic; international and cross-border matters and employment law, with an opportunity for an open forum for attendees to discuss and share their thoughts on the past year and months ahead

Tips and traps in wills for charities

This webinar looked at how to understand and interpret wills, as well as unforeseen consequences of how poor phrasing in wills can affect charitable legacies.

Charities and HQ office relocation

With the acceleration of hybrid working this webinar, which Stone King co-hosted with Cluttons, covered the core legal and property fundamentals around balancing opportunities to save costs and enhance productivity, and set out the key considerations.