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New legislation means an important year ahead for charities

This article was featured online on Third Force News on Monday 11 March.

Alastair Keatinge is a Partner and Head of Charity Law at Lindsays and Founding Member of Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum.

This week I have the privilege of chairing the Society of Writer’s to the HM Signet’s (WS Society’s) annual Charities Conference for the 8th year. The Society supports lawyers and legal business with research, comment, learning, networking and culture. We also provide support services to the third sector.

The theme for the conference is the evolving governance picture in Scotland. The programme includes legal updates on the emerging codes and guidance for charity trustees and their advisers.

This year is an important one for the third sector in terms of its legal obligations, and it’s crucial the sector continues to work with legal professionals to ensure it is compliant with those obligations during a time of change. As well as rolling out the newly launched Governance Code, the Scottish Government is consulting on changes to Scottish Charity Law, which is very likely to lead to the first overhaul of the legal framework in more than ten years.

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