Journal Article

Charitable Purposes and Activities

Jonathan Garton

in Current Legal Problems

Volume 67, issue 1, pages 373-407
Published in print January 2014 | ISSN: 0070-1998
Published online September 2014 | e-ISSN: 2044-8422 | DOI:
Charitable Purposes and Activities

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When determining whether a civil society organization has charitable status, the orthodox position has it that the activities carried on in pursuit of its purposes are not relevant. This article considers the extent to which this is correct and argues that there are in fact a number of situations in which it is appropriate to consider the potential or actual activities carried on by a prospective charity. It also considers the impact of the decision in R (on the application of Independent Schools Council) v Charity Commission [2011] UKUT 421 (TCC), [2012] Ch 214 and the desirability of placing even greater emphasis on a charity’s activities in light of the regulatory consequences of charitable status.

Journal Article.  15792 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law ; Law and Society ; Politics and Law

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