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The Shape of Things to Come Outlined at Charity Seminar.

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Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson LLP continued their series of charity seminars with an event held at Sheffield Cathedral.

Charity SeminarThe seminars, which are designed to look at the issues affecting charities, voluntary groups and not for profit organisations, are a real opportunity to catch up on the very latest news, legislation and best practice.

The guest speakers taking part were Professor Gareth G Morgan, Leader – Centre for Voluntary Sector Research & Professor of Charity Studies, Sheffield Hallam University, Ceris Morris, Head of Fund Raising and Partnerships at Museums Sheffield and Rosemary Downs, Head of the Corporate and Business services at Keeble Hawson LLP.

Professor Gareth Morgan brought the latest update from the well publicised landmark Charity Tribunal case, on public benefit. He said:

"This Tribunal case will transform our understanding of what is and is not a charity. Key guidance from the Charity Commission has been challenged and the Attorney General has also asked the judges to comment on many significant questions. But the Charity Commission made a strong case that their understanding of public benefit remains correct."

"I have been sitting in the Royal Courts of Justice hearing 400 years of charity law being debated afresh. Once we have the judgement all the books on charity law will have to be updated."

Ceris Morris of Museums Sheffield added:

“This seminar has been a great opportunity to demonstrate the work of Museums Sheffield and to show how we are responding to these very difficult times. We are utilising our creativity to think laterally and to ensure our supporters have every opportunity to show their support.”

Rosemary Downs of Keeble Hawson concluded:

“This is only our second charity seminar, but the series is already attracting speakers of calibre and news of importance to charities and not for profit organisations that really is ‘hot off the press’ a catalyst for debate.”

“I would like to thank the speakers for their very welcome and illuminating contributions and look forward to our next event.”

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