Commentary

39 Charitable Trusts (Validation) Act 1954

CHARITIES AND CHARITABLE GIVING vol 6(2)
| Commentary

39 Charitable Trusts (Validation) Act 1954

| Commentary

39 Charitable Trusts (Validation) Act 1954

The Charitable Trusts (Validation) Act 1954 was designed to render exclusively charitable those trusts constituted by instruments taking effect before 16 December 1952 which, following a drafting practice which had been demonstrated to be unsound, were capable of being interpreted as extending to non-charitable as well as charitable purposes. The effect of the 1954 Act on an individual governing document is to confine the purposes to those which are charitable, excluding those which are not. In this way, some deeds which would otherwise be void for perpetuity have been saved1. Most documents

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