In this seminar, Prof Morris will introduce the charitable sector in England and Wales by describing its size and shape. She will then focus on regulation of the sector which is largely through the Charity Commission for England and Wales (the Charity Commission).  As well as maintaining an up-to-date public Register of Charities, the Charity Commission is responsible for taking enforcement action, ensuring charities meet their legal requirements, making available information about all registered charities, and providing online advice and guidance.

Due to a number of high profile charity scandals in the last few years, the operations of the Charity Commission have received intense scrutiny, most notably from the National Audit Office and the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee.  The Charity Commission has recently been granted enhanced powers which, it is claimed, will help it to regulate more effectively and in line with public expectations, but time will tell.  These new powers will be assessed, against a background of funding constraints, and the future for charity regulation will be considered.


When & Where

  Monday, 02 October
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
  Mochtar Riady Building
NUS Business School

15 Kent Ridge Drive,
Room 03-07
Singapore 119245 (Map)
Dress code: Office attire
Register early as limited seats are available!
About the Speaker   Debra Morris is Professor of Charity Law & Policy at the University of Liverpool, UK, where she is also the Director of the Charity Law & Policy Unit. The Unit (the only one in England and Wales) has been increasingly recognised, both within the UK and abroad, as having an excellent reputation for research and publication in the field of Charity Law.

As Director of the Unit, she leads research on various projects concerned with aspects of charity law. Research reports on, for example, the contract culture, mergers, disputes and charities and discrimination, have been well received both academically and by charities themselves.

Debra is currently Editor of Charity Law and Practice Review, the only specialised journal in the area of charity law, and has been a regular contributor to it since its inception in 1992. She has written widely in the area of charity law and has presented at conferences and seminars around the world.

Debra is currently also the Head of the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool.

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