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Insights | Charities & Third Sector

Wick Academy Development Fund – implications for charity trustees

OSCR recently published its inquiry report into Wick Academy Development Fund, a Scottish registered charity set up in 2002 to benefit the inhabitants of Wick and its environs. The charity had been raising funds by selling lottery tickets within the local community. This activity ceased on 28 April 2009, having raised £140,000 for the charity.

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Insights | Charities & Third Sector

Investigation into the Captain Tom Foundation

The Captain Tom Foundation, a charity registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales has been in the headlines following the publication of the accounts for its first year of operation. They showed that despite receiving an income of £1.1m in this period, the charity only gave out grants totalling £160,000 to four charities but spent £209,433 on support costs

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Insights | Charities & Third Sector

Five top tips for charities navigating contracts

Contracts. Even the word can be daunting, not to mention the feeling when you’re faced with a 30-page document containing an array of legalisms and Latin phrases. However, as daunting as they can be, they are often vitally important to protect your charity while dealing with suppliers, customers or commercial partners.

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Insights | Charities & Third Sector

The Story of Kids Company: as one chapter ends, another begins…

As any parent of small children will know, the bedtime routine is often a somewhat protracted affair with whining, pleading requests for one more chapter. Those directly involved in the Kids Company saga must feel frustration similar to that of an exasperated parent as what looks to have been a closed book, is re-opened to reveal an unexpected twist in the shape of the Charity Commission’s recently published inquiry report.

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Insights | Commercial Property, Corporate Law

Retail expansion strategy – an interview with Sunnamusk

In the throes of a pandemic - the biggest hit to retailers in history - how do you go about embarking on a successful expansion strategy? We spoke to Kazi Abid, Managing Director of Sunnamusk, a luxury fragrance house and retailer. 

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Insights | Commercial Property

Scotland 2045 – how the NPF4 vision will affect the retail sector

On 10 November 2021, the Scottish Government published the long-awaited consultation draft of its Fourth National Planning Framework (“NPF4”). The ministerial foreword makes it clear that the overall approach is to assist in achieving “net zero sustainable development by 2045”. This is therefore one of the most significant publications in national planning policy terms as it sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for the next quarter century

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Insights | Corporate Law

Healthcare fraud – an expensive problem

Fraud costs businesses in the UK up to £137 billion a year. It is important not to be reactive to fraud but to put protective measures in place to detect and avoid the staggering costs of fraud. There are a number of measures which can be taken by businesses to mitigate the risk of such white collar crimes. One particular industry which it is useful to carefully analyse in the context of fraudulent schemes and the staggering cost of fraud is heal

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Insights | Corporate Law

Fishing – one of the UK’s most dangerous industries?

Fishing is the one of the most dangerous industries. The rate of fatalities is approximately 100 times higher than that of the UK general workforce. Health and safety awareness and comprehensive training is essential to mitigating the risks associated with fishing.

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Insights | Employment

Hospitality update – all tips to be paid to employees in full

The UK government has announced a proposed new law requiring employers to pass all tips to their workers. It is estimated that this reform will benefit around one million workers in the UK, including many who are earning national minimum wage and rely on tipping to top up their income. Estimates suggest that 80% of tips are now made on card and there are concerns that the move to a cash free economy has led to unfair tipping practices among...

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Insights | Family Law

Divorce and separation – what’s the difference?

For those who are newly separated or going through a divorce, the start of the year can be an especially difficult time. January is a busy time for people separating after the stress of the Christmas period, followed by February with the pressure of Valentine’s Day, which can be a final straw for some. So, if you are going through this process, know you are not alone and that we’re here to help guide you through.

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Insights | Commercial Litigation, Rural

What you need to know about firearms licensing for country sports tourism in Scotland

It's important to be up to date with the intricacies of the Firearms Act 1968 to avoid any scrutiny from the police and authorities. This is why we’re providing a brief synopsis of the key points to remember for anyone handling firearms in Scotland.

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