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The Charities Acts Handbook: A Practical Guide

The latest guide to charity law from the specialist charity law team at Bates Wells Braithwaite.
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ISBN/ISSN: 9781846615771

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Why should you buy The Charities Acts Handbook: A Practical Guide

The Charities Acts Handbook is the latest guide to charity law from the specialist charity law team at Bates Wells Braithwaite. This new volume contains expert commentary and analysis of:

  • The Charities Act 1992
  • The Charities Act 2011
  • The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016

For those who have found Stephen Lloyd’s Charities: The New Law an essential companion, this is the updated version – published with the benefit of Bates Wells Braithwaite’s experience of how the law has been interpreted and applied in practice. Key new content includes a detailed chapter on the Charitable Incorporated Organisation, a new chapter on exempt charities, commentary on changes to fundraising and signposts to possible future areas for reform.

The updated text of all three Acts (showing how the 2016 Act amends the earlier legislation) and other relevant statutory instruments are also included.

The Handbook is an indispensable reference for lawyers, accountants, trustees and all those involved in the running and management of charities.

Editors and Contributors

General Editor: Alice Faure Walker, Consultant, Bates Wells Braithwaite

Editor: Julian Blake, Partner and Joint Head of Charity, Bates Wells Braithwaite

Contributors: Tamsin Anderson; Stephanie Biden; Erica Crump; Augustus Della-Porta; Pippa Garland; Jamie Huard; Viral Kataria; Mairead O’Reilly; Sarah Payne; Christine Rigby; Victoria Schneider; Lawrence Simanowitz; Laura Soley; Simon Steeden; Jaqui Symcox, All Bates Wells Braithwaite


The previous edition of this book was published almost a decade ago, in the wake of the Charities Act 2006, which was billed as the biggest shake-up in charity law for 400 years.

Much has happened since then. Most of the changes introduced by the 2006 Act, including the new rules on public benefit, the Charity Tribunal and the charitable incorporated organisation, have now had a chance to bed in. The Charities Act 2011 consolidated most charity legislation into a single statute, making the law much easier to navigate. We also have a new Charities Act: the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 received Royal Assent in March 2016. We comment on all these developments, as well as Lord Hodgson’s wide-ranging review of charity law in 2012. This book states the position as at 31 July 2016, but we highlight where more change may be on the horizon, including areas covered by the Law Commission’s 2015 consultation on technical issues in charity law which is due to report in 2017. Read the full preface...

Table of contents

  • Preface
  • Table of Abbreviations
  • Table of Cases
  • Table of Statutes
  • Table of Statutory Instruments
  • Introduction – Background to the Charities Acts
  • The Charity Commission
  • Charitable Purposes and Public Benefit
  • Registration
  • Exempt Charities
  • Charity Names
  • Remuneration of Charity Trustees
  • Land Transactions
  • Powers of the Charity Commission to Protect and Assist
  • Challenging the Charity Commission
  • Charity Investments
  • Permanent Endowment
  • Regulation of Charitable Companies
  • Charitable Incorporated Organisations
  • Unincorporated Charities
  • Mergers
  • Schemes
  • Control of Fundraising: General
  • Control of Fundraising: Professional Fundraisers
  • Control of Fundraising: Commercial Participators
  • Charity Accounts
  • Miscellaneous
  • Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Appendices
    • Charities Act 2011
    • Charities Act 2006
    • Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016
    • Charities Act 1992
    • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (General) Regulations 2012,
      SI 2012/3012
    • Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Insolvency and Dissolutions)
      Regulations 2012, SI 2012/2013
    • Charities Act 2011, ss 29–38 and 310
    • Charities (Misleading Names) Regulations 1992, SI 1992/1901
    • Charities (Qualified Surveyors’ Reports) Regulations 1992,
      SI 1992/2980
    • Charitable Institutions (Fund-Raising) Regulations 1994,
      SI 1994/30024
    • The Charities (Total Return) Regulations 2013
    • The Charities (Failed Appeals) Regulations 2008
  • Index
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