Westminster Legal Policy Forum

The future for charity law and governance - accountability, regulation and priorities for new legislation

Morning, Thursday, 18th January 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will focus on the future for charity law and regulation in England and Wales.


The discussion is timed as a draft Bill on charity law is expected to be taken forward next year, following the final report of the Law Commission’s consultation on Technical Issues in Charity Law in September.


Sessions will focus on what more can be done to simplify the current system, looking in particular at proposals to reform the regulation of land transactions and permanent endowment, workings of cy-près rules in situations where too much or too little is raised for a fundraising appeal, as well as the future framework for charity taxation.


In the context of the Charity Commission’s indication that it would withdraw its own governance guidance in favour of the Code Steering Group’s newly revised Good Governance code, further sessions will consider key issues surrounding charity governance. Delegates will have an opportunity to discuss the framework for amending governing documents, as well as the implications for the role of trustees after the Charity Commission issued new guidance on the management of conflicts of interest, and as government prepares to widen the list of offences subject to automatic disqualification legislation.


This conference is expected to bring together policymakers and regulators with a range of stakeholders from across the charity sector - including charitable incorporated organisations, charitable companies, unincorporated associations and trusts - alongside lawyers, advisors, think tanks, campaign groups and reporting press.



Guests of Honour

Professor Nick Hopkins

Law Commissioner for Property, Family and Trust, Law Commission

Kenneth Dibble

Director of Legal Services, Charity Commission

Guests of Honour

Professor Nick Hopkins

Law Commissioner for Property, Family and Trust, Law Commission

Kenneth Dibble

Director of Legal Services, Charity Commission

Keynote Speaker

Rosie Chapman

Chair, Charity Governance Code Steering Group and former Specialist Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities

Chair

Baroness Gale

Speakers

Jo Coleman

Partner, Bond Dickinson

Dr Lorraine Gailey

Chief Executive, Hearing Link

Professor Warren Barr

Member, Charity Law and Policy Unit, University of Liverpool Law School

Helena Wilkinson

Partner and Head of Charities and Not for Profit, Price Bailey and Vice-Chair, ICAEW Charity and Voluntary Sector Group

Michael Fahy

Director - Real Estate, Steeles Law and Trustee, Ethical Property Foundation