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haysmacintyre & Hempsons Hospice and Care Benchmarking Report

Welcome to the latest edition of the haysmacintyre and Hempsons Hospice and Care Benchmarking Survey Report. The Hospice and Care Benchmarking Survey Report 2021 is the fourth study compiled by Haysmacintyre LLP and Hempsons, with the aim of sharing best practice in the sector and enabling management and trustees to… Read More

The impact of Covid-19 on charities and social enterprises

During the last few weeks we have had a number of questions and queries from Charities and Social Enterprises regarding the impact COVID-19 has had on their organisations. Hempsons specialist legal teams have collated a Frequently Asked Questions document that may help you with your own current situation. Read More

Civil Society Strategy

The Government published its Civil Society Strategy on 9th August 2018. The focus is on community, an ‘even bigger’ society, and creating ‘social value’ – something that the Government states as being independent of state control. There are five aspects to the strategy – people, places, the… Read More

Rationalising leased office space – making the most of your opportunities

With advances in technology, more and more charities and social enterprises (and other organisations for that matter) are reviewing their office space requirements and taking the opportunities this presents for reducing rent, rates and utility bills. Agile working arrangements are on the increase facilitated by better connectivity and advanced hot-desk… Read More

Trust Matters

“Trust Matters”. These are the bywords of the Charity Commission for its recent report on public trust in charities, issued in July. Given the coverage earlier this year of charities working internationally, in particular, reports of sexual abuse and exploitation involving Oxfam and Save the Children, culminating in a damning… Read More

Sleep-ins – what next?

The Court of Appeal’s judgment in the Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake is not yet the final word on sleep-ins.… The saga of sleep-ins has now been long-standing and continuing for a number of years. In the social and health care sectors traditionally, staff have been paid a set allowance for… Read More

Safeguarding revisited – how does your charity fare?

The last year has seen changes to how – and who – charities must safeguard. And more changes are afoot……… Background Safeguarding is usually thought of, by reference to the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, as protecting children and vulnerable adults, particularly in the context of carrying on various “regulated activities”,… Read More