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The evolution of charity law – The Charities Bill

11 May 2021
The Queen has confirmed today that long-awaited changes to charity law aimed at reducing unnecessary red tape will be brought forward in this parliament in the form of the Charities Bill. The Charities Bill will address the recommendations from the Law Commission which have been accepted by the government. Here are the reforms that we anticipate will have the most impact on the sector.

Transforming Public Procurement – WBD's response to the Green Paper. Blue sky thinking or a brewing storm?

25 Mar 2021
In anticipation of the UK's exit from the European Union, the Cabinet Office published its Public Procurement Green Paper on 15 December 2020. It serves as an aspirational mission statement for the future of public procurement post-Brexit. The document reflects the overarching political climate in which it was composed, with the ministerial foreword taking aim at the EU's "outdated public procurement regime". The new proposals align themselves with the international Agreement on Government Procurement, and seem to deliberately steer away from the previous regime as a point of principle, towards one that "better meets the UK's needs".
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The Official Receiver and Kids Company case – long-awaited, unexpected or not?

25 Feb 2021
On 12 February 2021 the High Court delivered its verdict on "Kids Company" – technically The Official Receiver v Atkinson & Ors. The case considered the possibility of director disqualification orders being made against trustees of the insolvent charity Kids Company, and whether the charity's Chief Executive Officer should be classed as a "de facto" director, and also disqualified.
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Public sector exit payments: the cap didn't fit

22 Feb 2021
In a surprise move on 12 February 2021, the Government announced that the Restriction of Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 will be revoked. The Regulations came into force on 4 November 2020 and introduced a cap of £95,000 on exit payments made by a long list of public sector bodies and offices listed in the Regulations.