Why choose a Christian lawyer?

When your church needs to have some work done, there are many factors to consider. Who gives best value for money? Who will do the job well? How can we glorify God in this? How can we look after the resources that God has given us? When it comes to legal work, the questions that … Read more …

The Good Work Plan – will it impact us?

Are you confident who within your organisation or church is an employee, worker or volunteer? It’s time to try and work out who is who because things are about to change in a big way for those classified as “workers”. As a result of “The Good Work Plan” initiative, legal changes will be impacting employment … Read more …

Do I need to advertise a role outside my organisation?

Whilst there is clearly a benefit to a church or other Christian organisation in employing staff with minimum fuss and expense, there are also risks. Employers are subject to various anti-discrimination laws. These laws afford protection from discrimination on the grounds of their: Age Sex Race or ethnic origin Sexual orientation Religion or belief Disability … Read more …

Church Legal Compliance Checklist

The Charity Commission. Employment law. Property Regulations. Data Protection. Sometimes complying with the law can seem complicated and burdensome to churches. We’re here to help. We at Edward Connor Solicitors understand that churches want to be legally compliant as part of their service to Jesus and we want to help you to do this faithfully. … Read more …

What are a charity’s reporting obligations to the Charity Commission?

A charity’s reporting and accounting obligations to the Charity Commission will depend on a number of factors including whether the charity is exempt or excepted from registration, whether the charity is a company, the charity’s gross annual income, and the value of the charity’s assets.  (Note that this Article only deals with a charity’s obligations … Read more …

Are you ready to register with the Charity Commission?

Many smaller churches which are affiliated to the FIEC or another umbrella body specified in the Charities (Exception from Registration) Regulations 1996 (the ‘Excepting Regulations’), are currently excepted from the requirement to register with the Charity Commission.  The Commission has previously indicated that the Excepting Regulations will come to an end in March 2021, and … Read more …

How to work well with your lawyers

Our purpose at Edward Connor Solicitors is to serve Jesus through serving his people. We’re here to help churches and Christian organisations to run well and comply with the law, and we understand the particular legal issues that Christian charities and churches face.  We do our best to serve our clients, but there are things you can do to work … Read more …

Volunteers and Voluntary Workers – what’s the difference?

People can work for charities and churches in many different ways. Some are employees, some are office holders and some volunteer their time. As you manage and care for your staff, it’s important to recognize the difference between volunteers and volunteer workers. A voluntary worker is not a volunteer in the normal or legal sense … Read more …

Edward Connor Solicitors Celebrates First Birthday

We marked our first year as Edward Connor Solicitors with a celebration during June’s Evangelical Ministry Assembly in London. The evening reception at the Cathedral View conference centre in Westminster was attended by around 40 people including representatives from our clients and partner organisations, from individual churches to large national charities. Edward Connor Solicitors launched … Read more …

Pensions and National Minimum Wage: changes that may affect you

From April 2019, there are some changes to the national Minimum Wage and to pensions which may affect you, and your church or organisation. What are the changes and what do you need to consider? National Minimum Wage As of April 2019, the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) have been … Read more …