Charity Law: Technical Issues in Charity Law

Project status: Complete

The Charities Act, including Explanatory Notes, are available here. A marked-up copy of the Charities Act 2011, showing the changes that are made by the Charities Act 2022) a “Keeling Schedule”) is available here (revised version as of 24 February 2022. The project Charities are a force for good and millions regularly donate to help … Read more >

Charity Law, selected issues

Project status: Pre-project

Charities are a force for good and millions regularly donate to help them help others. This project examined selected issues relating to the legal framework within which charities operate, in order to recommend reforms with a positive impact on charity law in practice. It was split into two reports: Social Investment by Charities Technical Issues … Read more >

Sentencing code

Project status: Complete

View the full report View the summary of the full report  View the executive summary of the full report View the Welsh summary of the report The problem The law on sentencing affects all criminal cases, and is applied in hundreds of thousands of trials and thousands of appeals each year. It is important to … Read more >

Pension Funds and Social Investment

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the summary The problem Workplace pensions are changing rapidly. Traditional defined benefit (DB) schemes are being replaced with defined contribution (DC) schemes, where each member’s income in retirement depends on how their contributions are invested. Employees are no longer required to make a positive choice to join a workplace pension to … Read more >

Event Fees in Retirement Properties

Project status: Complete

Please Note: This project used to be known as Transfer of Title and Change of Occupancy Fees in Leaseholds The project Each year thousands of older people consider a move to specialist retirement properties. These homes are almost always sold on a leasehold rather than freehold basis. Many of these leases require the owner to pay … Read more >

Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the summary Download the Easy Read summary The problem The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards aim to protect people who lack mental capacity, but who need to be deprived of liberty so they can be given care and treatment in a hospital or care home. If a person’s right to liberty needs … Read more >

Protection of Official Data

Project status: Complete

Read the full report here. Read a summary of the report here. The problem In the last twenty years, new communications and data technology has changed the nature of espionage and leaks. For example, hostile states can conduct cyber-attacks on the UK through multiple servers across multiple countries. At the same time, the potential impact … Read more >

Criminal Records Disclosure

Project status: Complete

Non-disclosure of certain criminal convictions and cautions In July 2016 we were requested by the Home Office to review one specific aspect of the criminal records disclosure system, known as “filtering”. In very simple terms, the filtering system provides a framework which regulates when an individual has to disclose convictions and cautions even though they … Read more >

Enforcement of Family Financial Orders

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the summary Read the news story The problem Each year thousands of separating couples apply to the courts for financial orders. These are payments which a court decides partners must pay to one another, to support an ex-partner for example. Sometimes these orders are not complied with. The law of enforcement … Read more >

Patents, Trade Marks and Designs: Unjustified Threats

Project status: Complete

The Act The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 and came into force on 1 October 2017.  The Act inserts new threats provisions into the main Acts and Regulations for patents, trade marks and designs. The new Act creates a framework within which parties can negotiate fairly over … Read more >