Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Charities
Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Charities

The following Private Client practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Charities
  • How will charities ensure that they are properly governed if trustees and staff are not able to work or meet in light of coronavirus (COVID-19)?
  • Latest guidance and updates relevant to charities

This Practice Note considers the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on charities and provides answers or guidance on some of the main issues arising for practitioners. The latest guidance and updates will be contained in this Practice Note.

For guidance on other matters affecting Private Client practitioners as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), see the Coronavirus (COVID-19) subtopic.

How will charities ensure that they are properly governed if trustees and staff are not able to work or meet in light of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

This Q&A was produced in partnership with Sam Macdonald and Laetitia Ransley of Farrer & Co.

Many charities will have board or general meetings scheduled over the coming months and be wondering what steps should be taken to observe social distancing measures and protect attendees, particularly those more at risk from coronavirus (COVID-19). Special rules apply to these meetings and will need to be taken into account.

Formal meetings are, of course, only one (albeit an important) aspect of a charity’s operations. Outside formal meetings, staff may be able to work and meet remotely in order to keep services going. Where this is not possible, difficult decisions may have to be made about how best to protect a charity’s beneficiaries and reputation until restrictions around movement are eased.

This Q&A is principally directed to charities which are structured as companies.

Board decisions: one-off decisions where a meeting

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