Free member webinar: Disputes within charities

Event details

Date: 19th October 2021
Time: 11am
Venue: Online via Zoom
Who should attend: All those involved with legacies

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Presented by William Hopkins, a leading charity barrister from New Square Chambers, and Sarah Bolt, a Senior Associate in the Contested Wills, Trusts and Estates team at Hugh James.

Disputes within charities are regrettably common, and can threaten the effective operation, and indeed continuance, of the organisation. William will explore how disputes may be effectively resolved by the trustees, Charity Commission and the Courts – with the assistance of legal practitioners. Special knowledge, strategy and sensitivity are required to ensure that charities, their members and trustees, are not unnecessarily exposed to financial loss, distress and wasted energy, as disputes emerge. What you will learn:

  1. Strategies to present disputes arising, or escalating;
  2. The importance of alternative dispute resolution;
  3. The powers of the Charity Commission to assist in the resolution of disputes;
  4. The particular role of the Charity Tribunal;
  5. The availability, use and powers of the Court in respect of disputes;
  6. How a charity may re-set itself, particularly following Court or Commission intervention.

Sarah will be discussing the circumstances in which a trustee can pay for its legal fees out of trust funds. Costs are an issue that many trustees battle with on a regular basis and her talk will include:

  1. Considering when a trustee will not be entitled to an indemnity from the trust;
  2. When trustees should consider applying for a Beddoes order;
  3. What is involved in a making an application for a Beddoes order;
  4. Considerations for trustees; and
  5. Involvement of the Charity Commission.