The recent case of Rittson-Thomas v Oxfordshire County Council underlines the challenges and necessity of specific legal expertise when dealing with property transactions in the charity, education and faith sectors. The case concerned a school moving from one site to another when rights of reverter applied. The Case serves as a reminder that the complexities involved in the nineteenth Century legislation are still just as relevant today.
The Catholic Charity Conference took place earlier this month. As always, the event was well attended and covered some interesting topics. The morning session focussed on the theme of “Working Together”. Roisin Maguire explained to the conference the collaborative work of various Religious Orders and the setting up of a new National Association of Religious Orders in education who are Trustees or Founders of schools and colleges.
On 10 January changes were made to the Immigration Rules which mean that organisations can no longer sponsor a migrant in the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Religious worker category (under 245ZN of the Immigration Rules) to fill the role of a Minister of Religion.
This category was often used for Priests to come to the UK for short periods to cover temporary periods of absences. This route is also relied upon by congregations who wish for Nuns to come to the UK on short term basis. Julie Moktadir considers the issue further.
Welcome to the February edition of the Faith Bulletin. In this edition we focus on immigration and the impact of Brexit on people in faith-based organisations, as well as looking at other recent developments which will be of interest.
- Do employers need to carry out right to work checks?
Whilst there is no legal duty to carry out such checks (unless you are a sponsor licence holder), employers are nevertheless strongly advised to carry out such checks. Right to Work checks should be conducted on all prospective employees (and existing employees) irrespective of their nationality.
As we move closer to Brexit the reality of the UK’s departure from the EU is starting to become a little clearer. In this article Julie Moktadir of Stone King considers the impact on faith-based charities within the UK.
Join us for our annual Charity Essentials Symposium where we give charity Trustees and members of Senior Management the opportunity to attend a one day Symposium covering a comprehensive range of topics relevant to your role. You will hear from our experts in each field and have the chance to ask them your questions on the matters most relevant to you. You will be able to book onto three workshops, each lasting an hour and 30 minutes and covering a wide variety of topics. The Symposium also offers you the opportunity to meet and talk to fellow Trustees and Senior Managers. Tickets to our Symposium include lunch, and also drinks and canapés following the event.
- Date and Location
Thursday 6 June 2019
Stone King LLP, Boundary House, 91 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HR
- Workshop Descriptions
Land and Buildings: key things trustees need to know
Whether you have one property or several, there are specific rules that apply to property held by charities. This session will explore the essential rules you need to be aware of.
Employees, Workers, Volunteers and Safeguarding
Very few charities can afford the luxury of a dedicated HR department, but managing employees is a key aspect of a charity trustee’s role. This session will explore your responsibilities.
Safeguarding – a governance perspective
The session will consider trustees duties, Charity Commission expectations, setting safeguarding as a key governance priority within your charity, safeguarding governance issues. The session will include a presentation and an opportunity to share experiences and key issues relating to safeguarding and governance.
Funding: Traditional and Innovative ways to raise money
Charities survive only if they can raise the necessary funds and this session looks at how charity law applies to the many ways charities can do this.
Accounts: What you need to know
Trustees are responsible for the financial health of their charity. This session will be co-presented by Stone King charity lawyers and guest specialist accountants.
IP, Data Protection and Commercial Contracts
Charities engage in a range of commercial activities which involve IP, data protection and contract law issues. This session will provide an overview of how contracts work and trustee’s duties when their charities enter into them. We shall also look at some common issues relating to intellectual property and personal data and their importance to charities.
Please choose one topic from each of the workshops
9:00am: Registration and welcoming chair address
9.30am - 11.00am
Land and Buildings: key things trustees need to know (WA1)
Employees, Workers and Volunteers (WA2)
Funding: Traditional and innovative ways to raise money (WA3)
Accounts: What you need to know (WA4)
11.00am: Mid-morning break
11.30am - 1.00pm
Employees, Workers and Volunteers (WB1)
Safeguarding – a governance perspective (WB2)
IP, Data Protection and Commercial Contracts (WB3)
Accounts: What you need to know (WB4)
2.15pm - 3.45pm
Land and Buildings: key things trustees need to know (WC1)
Funding: Traditional and innovative ways to raise money (WC2)
IP, Data Protection and Commercial Contracts (WC3)
Safeguarding – a governance perspective (WC4)
3.45pm: Drinks, canapés and networking
Safeguarding - a governance perspective:
Standard tickets will be charged at £75 (VAT inclusive). Please note that places are limited to 2 people per organisation.