HJ Talks About Charities
IR35 - Organisations need to be ready for the April change to off-payroll workers

IR35 - Organisations need to be ready for the April change to off-payroll workers

February 27, 2020

Rarely has a piece of legislation caused such a backlash from the business and contractor community as IR35 (Off-payroll Working Rules), an anti-tax avoidance rule that applies to all contractors and freelancers who do not fall under HM Revenue & Customs’ definition of being self-employed. From April 2020, every medium and large private sector business in the UK will become responsible for setting the tax status – or IR35 – of any contract worker they use, as is already the case in the public sector. The test for employment status has always been a complex area and this change will oblige organisations to consider all their contracts in a new light to avoid being liable for hefty tax bills. In this podcast, we are joined by Sali Owens from Hugh James’ Employment and HR Services team to unpick the complexities and reveal the real impact of these changes.

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Sleep-in shifts - charities facing £400m bill

Sleep-in shifts - charities facing £400m bill

February 21, 2020

With a possible £400 million bill for charities in the UK to pick up, this podcast discussing the landmark ruling in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake is essential listening for the third sector. The forthcoming decision relates to social care workers on "sleep-in shifts", whereby they provide overnight on-call support to patients but are expected to sleep through the majority of the shift. Join our conversation with Louise Price, Head of our Employment and HR services team, to fully understand the implications for your organisation.

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Legacy giving - 5 things charities should consider in 2020

Legacy giving - 5 things charities should consider in 2020

February 21, 2020

Roman Kubiak, Head of Contested Wills, Trusts and Estates and Vlad Macdonald-Munteanu, Associate, discuss their recent activities, from charity collecting with Macmillan to supporting the WCVA Welsh Charity Awards.

Roman's recent attendance at a panel session - Securing the Future of Legacy Giving at Marie Curie, part of their One Love Fundraising Festival, sees them both look at 5 hot topics when it comes to legacy giving for charities:

  1. Key factors and trends which have given rise to legacy disputes over the past ten years.
  2. Targeting the younger generation through the new and cutting-edge online wills offering.
  3. Managing brand and reputation, following the negative publicity from the recent sector scandals; Olive Cooke, President’s Club and Oxfam.
  4. The need for charities to protect, secure and recover assets properly belonging to them and the duty for both charities and their trustees to bring and defend legal proceedings where the circumstances justify it.*
  5. How people leave their legacies: restrictive gifts in wills and the dangers when not drafted correctly.

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*Check out this useful guidance note from the Charity Commission to help trustees faced with potential litigation: Charities and litigation: a guide for trustees

Tory rule and the next 5 years – what does this mean for Charities?

Tory rule and the next 5 years – what does this mean for Charities?

February 21, 2020

Will the third sector be expected to plug the gap in social care and in the provision of public services, that can't be met by local authorities and the government, where the funding isn't in place?

Following on from the recent General Election, Roman Kubiak, Head of Contested Wills, Trusts and Estates and Vlad Macdonald-Munteanu, Associate, review the Tory manifesto and discuss what this will mean for the Charity sector.

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Probate fees and delays

Probate fees and delays

February 21, 2020

Recent figures estimate that charities have been denied donations worth £185 million due to chaos in the probate system. Emma Poole, Client Relationship Manager, sat down with Eleanor Evans, Partner and Head of Trusts and Estates Administration, to find out what has caused the logjam, the impact it has had for our range of clients and what we can expect over the coming months.

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Smee & Ford - a new era?

Smee & Ford - a new era?

February 21, 2020

On 4 July 2019, an open letter from the chief executive of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service was sent to UK charities regarding the status of the paid for notification service provided to charities notifying them of bequests left in wills. Our charities team, on 5 July 2019, recorded a podcast to touch upon the current position of the service, the likely impact of the new service on charities, as well as what the long term future may hold.

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