Law firm gives the lowdown on being an effective charity trustee

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A comprehensive induction to ensure charity trustees are aware of important legal and ethical responsibilities is being held by a leading law firm.

Blake Morgan is holding the informative seminar at its Southampton office.

The half-day course will deliver and explain all the necessary legal information that new trustees and existing trustees need to be aware of.

Elizabeth Davis, who heads Blake Morgan’s charity team, said: “Charities are expected to report on their efforts to ensure all trustees are trained and inducted to fulfil their role.

“We are offering a tailored half-day course providing a comprehensive induction for new trustees and a useful refresher for existing trustees, ensuring they are fully aware of their legal and ethical responsibilities as trustees.

“Informative and practical, this course will also provide an opportunity for people to network with other trustees and share information with other organisations in order to develop new perspectives and insights into the running of an organisation.”

Blake Morgan’s nationally-recognised charity lawyers provide expert advice to over 500 charities, not-for-profit and social enterprise organisations in England and Wales.

Its clients are diverse – ranging from large charities such as Oxfam and the RSPCA, to smaller ones such as Wessex Children’s Hospice Trust.

The seminar takes place on Tuesday, October 11.

The day will start at 9.30am for registration/coffee and the training will begin at 10am. The event will finish at 2pm and will include a buffet lunch.

The seminar will cover how to understand governing documents.

Trustees will be asked to bring along governing documents and there will be an interactive session identifying the key elements of the governing document, helping trustees to identify the extent of their powers and understand the structure of their organisation.

There will also be a practical review of governance responsibilities and personal liability, an introduction to the regulatory framework for charities, and a session on charity employment, including trustee responsibilities in the recruitment, management and dismissal of staff.

For more information about the seminar, or if you would like to attend, please contact