News

Paul Ridout comments on a recent survey revealing why trustees are more inclined to rely on fellow trustees for help, as opposed to seeking support from the Charity Commission, in Charity Times

  • August 24, 2021
  • By Paul Ridout, Partner

This article was originally published in Charity Times and can be accessed in the August 2021 Digital Edition here

Trustees are more inclined to rely on fellow trustees and colleagues for help, rarely seeking support from the Charity Commission and other advisory bodies, a recent survey has revealed.

The survey, carried out by Yonder and published by the Charity Commission found that almost half (46%) look to colleagues or another trustee for help ‘several times a year’ whilst only one in ten trustees turn to the Charity Commission, another charity or advisory body for support just as regularly. But what is preventing trustees from seeking the support of sector regulators?

It’s thought that some trustees may feel apprehensive about going to a regulator in fear that it will highlight an issue, prompting the regulator to open an investigation if anything is wrong.

Paul Ridout, partner in the charity arm of Hunters Law believes that if trustees are scared about going to the regulator, then “the person concerned may not really understand their legal obligations and responsibilities as a charity trustee.” In his experience, it’s not so much fear of the regulator that keep trustees back, it’s the perception that it won’t be easy to get the specific answer they’re looking for.

He points out that some commentators have, in the past, warned trustees not to ask the commission for advice, for fear that it might lead to an investigation, “but most trustees these days know that the commission’s main regulatory tool is providing guidance to help trustees comply with their duties”.

Related News

Nov 03, 2022
Charities Act 2022 Series – Episode Seminar 2
Oct 31, 2022
Paul Ridout examines the inquiry into Moss Side and Hulme Community Development Trust in Charities Management
Sep 29, 2022
Charities Act 2022 Series – Episode Seminar 1
Aug 23, 2022
Dominik Opaliński discusses safeguarding in Africa in The Public Law Podcast
Aug 04, 2022
Paul Ridout discusses the latest inquiry report published by the Charity Commission into the conduct of trustees of the Moss Side and Hulme Community Development Trust
Jul 12, 2022
Paul Ridout examines the Charity Commission’s inquiry into The Captain Tom Foundation in Lawyer Monthly
Jul 12, 2022
Paul Ridout comments on charities’ annual reports in Charity Times
Jun 17, 2022
Paul Ridout discusses how UK charities are feeling the effects of the pandemic and the cost of living crisis in Finance Monthly
Apr 27, 2022
Paul Ridout comments on the number of charity mergers being at its highest level in five years in Charity Times
Dec 13, 2021
Paul Ridout discusses the reasons for incorporating a charity in Charities Management

© Hunters Law LLP 2022 | Privacy NoticeLegal & Regulatory | Cookies Policy | Complaints Procedure.

Hunters Law LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (number 657218)