James Sinclair Taylor
Head of charity and social business team, Russell Cooke Solicitors
James is head of the charity and social business team at Russell-Cooke Solicitors, advising social enterprises, not for profit public bodies, including local authorities and mutuals, and charities
As protector of the Nesta Trust, the successor to the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, he oversees the Trust's £320 million endowment.
He specialises in governance, constitutional issues, mergers and collaborative working, advising on sensitive contractual and funding issues, and risk management. Much of this work is supporting senior staff and trustees through development, growth, mergers and collaborations.
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James Sinclair Taylor advises a chief executive on employing a candidate with a criminal conviction.
The Charity Commission has changed its policy on uniting directions. Sukanya Ransford and James Sinclair Taylor explain what this means for charities.
In straitened financial times, pressures grow to seek partnerships and collaborations with other organisations. But it’s not always easy. James Sinclair Taylor warns that there are a number of sticky legal issues around collaboration between large and small organisations.
The governing body are the people responsible in law for the organisation and can go by many names, here we learn the legal stance on their removal.
It is often assumed that charities can create committees and delegate powers to them as necessary. However, the rules governing the use of committees are stricter than many charities realise and the creation, operation and accountability of committees vary according to their structure and purpose.
The rules relating to who can and cannot serve on the governing body of an organisation come from different sources, says James Sinclair-Taylor.
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