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18:00 - 19:00 1 December 2011

Current Legal Problems Lecture: Charities and the Modern Equality Framework: Heading for a Collision?


UCL Faculty of Law | Bentham House (link Map)
4–8 Endsleigh Gardens | London | WC1H 0EG | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Debra Morris, University of Liverpool, Debra Morris is Reader in Charity Law & Policy at the University of Liverpool, UK, where she is also the Director of the Charity Law & Policy Unit. As Director of the Charity Law & Policy Unit, she leads research on various projects concerned with aspects of charity law. Current projects include the intersection of charities and discrimination law and the charitable status of schools. She has authored Schools: An Education in Charity Law, published by Dartmouth Press in 1996, and has been assistant editor of a leading text on charity law, Tudor on Charities, published by Sweet & Maxwell.
Alison McKenna, Principal Judge (Event Chair), First-tier Tribunal

This lecture will examine the intersection of modern equality law and charity law. The renewed focus on equality law as a result of the enactment of the Equality Act 2010 means that charities will be examined more closely than ever before. It will be seen that, in some areas, their modus operandi may lead to conflict, either with anti-discrimination law itself, or at least, with its underlying principles of equality.The primary focus of the lecture will be on the potential for conflict between equality law’s foundational anti-discrimination objectives and the objects of some charities. The recent Catholic Care case should provide a warning to many other charities that may well be on a collision course, in which their public benefit credentials are found wanting when tested against the modern equality framework within which they must operate.


Lisa Penforld
+44 20 7679 1514 | lisa.penfold@ucl.ac.uk


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