0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

Charity Commission case report: National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline

7 July 2017

The fundamental importance of trustee compliance has been strongly emphasised by the Charity Commission in its Case Report of the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline.

The Helpline was randomly selected from a group of 94 charities identified by the Charity Commission as being at risk of financial distress and potential insolvency. After undertaking an analysis of the charity’s accounts and finances, the Commission found a lack of appropriate financial controls and an unsustainable financial model. In particular, trustees failed to meet regularly to manage the running of the charity, the Chair of trustees signed unauthorised payments to himself, and there were several loans to the charity from one of the trustees without a formal repayment structure. After receiving an official warning for failing to comply with the Charity Commission’s detailed action plan, the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline’s progress continues to be monitored.

By publishing the case report, the Charity Commission has sought to ensure transparency and accountability to promote trustee compliance. All charities should acknowledge from this case the importance of guaranteeing that their trustees fully understand and appreciate their responsibilities.

See the Commission’s guidance for trustees here.

All charities should acknowledge from this case the importance of guaranteeing that their trustees fully understand and appreciate their responsibilities. 

related opinions

Internal Market Bill published today – the start of the controversy?

The Internal Market Bill is published today, but amid much controversy.

View blog

Important opportunity to comment on case law precedent

The UK government is considering extending this power to depart from retained EU case law to additional lower courts and tribunals, namely the Court of Appeal in England and Wales and the High Court of Justice in England and Wales and their equivalents.

View blog

Members of academy trusts have fiduciary duties

We are increasingly asked are there any limits on how members can exercise their powers.

View blog

“Caution” is now the watchword when it comes to directly awarding public sectors contracts

The judicial review proceedings brought by the Good Law Project against the Department of Health and Social Care in relation to the £108m contract the Department awarded for PPE in April are about to shine a light on Regulation 32(2)(c) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up