I. THE ORGANISATION
Ch.1: Setting up an organisation
Ch.2: Unincorporated organisations
Ch.3: Incorporated organisations
Ch.4: Charitable status, charity law & regulation
Ch.5: The organisation's objects
Ch.6: The organisation's name
Ch.7: The governing document
Ch.8: Registering as a charity
Ch.9: Branches, subsidiaries & group structures
Ch.10: Changing legal form
Ch.11: Collaborative working, partnerships and mergers
Ch.12: Members of the organisation
Ch.13: Members of the governing body
Ch.15: Duties & powers of the governing body
Ch.16: Restrictions on payments & benefits
Ch.17: The registered office & other premises
Ch.18: Communication & paperwork
Ch.19: Meetings, resolutions & decision making
Ch.20: Assets & agency
Ch.21: Contracts & contract law
Ch.22: Risk & liability
Ch.24: Financial difficulties & winding up
III. EMPLOYEES, WORKERS, VOLUNTEERS & OTHER STAFF
Ch.25: Employees & other workers
Ch.26: Rights, duties & the contract of employment
Ch.27: Model contract of employment
Ch.28: Equal opportunities in employment
Ch.29: Taking on new employees
Ch.30: Pay & pensions
Ch.31: Working time, time off & leave
Ch.32: Rights of parents & carers
Ch.33: Disciplinary matters, grievances & whistleblowing
Ch.34: Termination of employment
Ch.36: Employer-employee relations
Ch.37: Employment claims & settlement
Ch.38: Self employed & other contractors
IV. SERVICES & ACTIVITIES
Ch.40: Health & safety
Ch.41: Safeguarding children & vulnerable adults
Ch.42: Equal opportunities: goods, services & facilities
Ch.43: Data protection & use of information
Ch.44: Intellectual property
Ch.45: Publications, publicity & the internet
Ch.46: Campaigning & political activities
Ch.47: Public events, entertainment & licensing
V. FUNDING & FUNDRAISING
Ch.48: Funding & fundraising: General rules
Ch.49: Fundraising activities
Ch.50: Tax-effective giving
Ch.51: Trading & social enterprise
Ch.52: Contracts & service agreements
Ch.53: Financial procedures & security
Ch.54: Annual accounts, reports & returns
Ch.55: Auditors & independent examiners
Ch.56: Corporation tax, income tax & capital gains tax
Ch.57: Value added tax
Ch.58: Investment & reserves
Ch.60: Land ownership & tenure
Ch.61: Acquiring & disposing of property
Ch.62: Business leases
Ch.63: Property management & the environment
VIII. BACKGROUND TO THE LAW
Ch.64: How the law works
Ch.65: Dispute resolution & litigation
UPDATED INFORMATION FOR CHAPTER 14:
VOLUNTARY SECTOR LEGAL HANDBOOK
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the 3rd edition of The Russell-Cooke Voluntary Sector Legal Handbook by James Sinclair Taylor and the Charity Team at Russell-Cooke Solicitors, edited by Sandy Adirondack (Directory of Social Change, 2009). The websites are not intended as a comprehensive update and should not be treated as such.
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OFFICERS, COMMITTEES AND SUB-COMMITTEES
The items below formerly appeared on the legal update website for voluntary organisations and are archived here. The content may be out of date and links may not work. For current updates to the chapter, see the legal update website for voluntary organisations at www.sandy-a.co.uk/legalstatus.htm.
RESOURCES FOR CHARITY CHAIRPERSONS
Added 8/1/15. This information adds to s.14.2.1 in The Russell-Cooke Voluntary Sector Legal Handbook (VSLH3).
The Association of Chairs, set up in October 2013, seeks to support, challenge and stimulate chairpersons of charities and other not for profit organisations, develop knowledge and resources, offer professional development and standards, and create a voice for chairs.
The association is open to the chairs, vice chairs and former chairs of charities registered in the UK, community interest companies whose articles of association do not allow distribution of assets or dividends to members, and other non-profit organisations whose governing document sets out a community or public benefit and does not allow distribution of assets or dividends to members.
Annual membership for eligible individuals is £50 if the organisation's annual income is less than £5 million, and £100 if its annual income is £5 million or more.
Its free publication, A chair's compass, was published on 21 October 2014 and focuses entirely on the chair's perspective and the particular challenges and opportunities of the role. It defines four "compass points" for being an effective chair: clarity of purpose, a cohesive board, constructive relationships, and considered decision making.
The guide also defines five frequent fatal flaws in boards: personal animosities tainting the atmosphere of boards; avoiding rather than facing difficulties or key decisions; failing to agree for what or whom the organisation works; trustees not knowing each other well enough to built trust and work cohesively; and a lack of persistence and thoroughness in making big decisions.
Information about the Association of Chairs is on its website at www.associationofchairs.org.uk. A chair's compass is available to anyone as a free download via tinyurl.com/msonnpl. Members of the association are entitled to a free print copy; others can purchase a print copy for £25 plus postage and packing.
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