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  • Introduction to legal forms

    Legal form means the type of structure an organisation is in the eyes of the law. There are various legal forms available but not all will be suitable.

  • How to deal with a legal problem

    Here is some general guidance from LawWorks for your organisation for when a potential legal problem arises.  

  • Compliance checklist

    As a charity or voluntary organisation, make sure you know about the legislation and regulation that applies to you and how to ensure compliance.

  • Charity law

    The legal obligations of charities under the Charities Acts and the Companies Acts

  • Legal requirements

    Guidance to ensure your organisation stays within the law.

  • Legal advice and assistance

    Sources of legal advice and assistance for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises.

  • Data protection and GDPR

    Data protection legislation covers everyone about whom you keep personal data. This includes employees, volunteers, service users, members, supporters and donors.

  • How to use more secure IT systems

    Charities are as exposed as any organisation to threats to their computer systems, whether the threats are software-based – such as viruses, worms, malware and spyware in downloads or even on websites – or come from direct human intervention through hacking. Smaller charities, however, may be more exposed than most because they don’t have the investment or skills necessary to bring their IT security up to a level that is among the best. Here are some important measures that organisations should undertake, along with guidance on how enterprise-level security can be made affordable. See also the guide 'How to protect your charity with security software'  which covers the steps you can take by running anti-virus software and keeping your system files up to date.

  • How to comply with GDPR

    Every organisation that processes personal data should be compliant with the GDPR but getting to grips with GDPR can be daunting and it can be difficult to know where to start. This 12-point plan, adapted from the Information Commissioners Officer (ICO) guidance, is here to help you take the right steps.

  • How to use the Data Protection Act 2018 alongside the GDPR

    In all the hyperbole surrounding the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) it may have been easy to miss the UK passing its own updated data protection legislation – the  Data Protection Act 2018  (the Act). This came into force at the same time as GDPR on 25th May and replaces the Data Protection Act 1998. The GDPR allowed individual EU states some flexibility to add their own detail in relation to specific areas. The Act fills in some of those gaps as well as bringing the GDPR into UK law. It is important to note that GDPR applies in the UK unless government choses to get rid of this legislation after it exits the EU.  Here are some of the most important points, outlined in the Act:

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