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Volunteers and the law

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Guidance to help you understand your legal rights and obligations when managing volunteers


You may need to adapt your volunteer management practice during the coronavirus outbreak. For specific guidance on volunteer management during the covid-19 pandemic, please visit our coronavirus pages.

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This content has been reviewed by Bates Wells, a professional services firm providing specialised legal advice to the voluntary sector.

Legal advice provided by:

  • Lucy McLynn, Partner, Head of Employment
  • Emma Dowden-Teale, Partner, Public & Regulatory Department
  • Joanna Howard, Solicitor, Public & Regulatory Department
  • Chetal Patel, Senior Associate, Immigration Department.

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