Moira Protani, Peter Steer and Ian Davies review the lessons learned from Charity Commission inquiries, plus significant cases on social housing and will fraud

Reports of inquiries instituted under s.8 of the Charities Act 1993 are routinely published on the Charity Commission’s website. The reports give a useful indication of the circumstances in which the Charity Commission is prepared to intervene and exercise its statutory powers. The facts of a particular case may give some insight into the Commission’s interpretation and application of the law, while its analysis of the wider lessons to be learned from the inquiry may provide some helpful guidance for trustees of other charities.

The Commission’s report of its inquiry into the St John and Elizabeth Charity (the ‘Hospital Charity’) and the Brampton Trust (the ‘Trust’) was published in December 2008. Since 1856, the residents of North...

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