Charities & not-for-profit

Court gives judgment against a valuer in respect of a negligent valuation of a commercial property

In the recent case of Titan Europe 2006-3 plc v Colliers International (UK) Plc (in liquidation) [2014], the Commercial Court gave judgment against a valuer in respect of a negligent valuation of a commercial property. This decision has major implications for the commercial mortgage-backed securities market and it provides guidance as to circumstances in which a Special Purpose Vehicle is entitled to bring a claim against a valuer.

Safeguarding children and adults at risk: are you compliant?

The requirements of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 are being changed by the introduction of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012. Many of the changes introduced by the PFA came into force on 10 September 2012. These include new vetting requirements for individuals who will be working with children and vulnerable adults. It is important that organisations understand and introduce measures to comply with the changes.

Charity fined £70,000 for data protection breach

Social care charity, Norwood Ravenswood Limited, became the first charity to be fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) for a serious breach of the data protection rules and was ordered to pay £70,000. A social worker, working for the charity, had visited the house of prospective adoptive parents with the intention of delivering a file of sensitive information about four young children. Finding no one at home, the files were left outside the house and were missing by the time the owners returned.

Changes to charitable giving

The proposed cap on tax relief for large charitable donations, announced in the Budget, dominated the headlines but there have been other equally important changes to tax reliefs, particularly for smaller charities. The wording of the Gift Aid forms has been changed to ensure that donors understand that they need to pay income or capital gains tax (and not other taxes such as Council Tax or VAT) so that their donation qualifies for tax relief.

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