COVID-19 Tax-Related Assistance to Ease Financial Hardship
Given the enormous challenge faced by companies and other entities, including charities and development organisations, in the wake of the public health measures adopted to protect against the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK government has taken certain measures to assist companies with their tax bills. The following update sets out the most relevant UK tax measures that have been implemented, in particular: (i) available tax relief options (such as business rates relief) and (ii) the deferral of Value Added Tax (VAT) payments. The update also includes information on the deferral of income tax payments and the use of Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) ‘Time to Pay Service’.
Promoting Responsible Business Practices in Kenya: The Role of In-House Counsel
Advocates for International Development (A4ID), the East Africa Law Society (EALS) and the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) recently hosted a joint training webinar on the topic of responsible business for in-house counsel in Kenya. Held on 11 June 2020 and chaired by Yasmin Batliwala, A4ID’s Chief Executive, the webinar speakers included Hanningtone Amol, the Chief Executive of EALS, Ndinda Kinyili, the convener of the LSK In-House Counsel Committee, Howard Morris and Chiraag Shah from Morrison & Foerster LLP, leading corporate governance expert, Catherine Musakali, and Roger Leese, Chair of A4ID.
Negotiating Commercial Property Rights and Lease Payments During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a number of unprecedented challenges for charity and non-profit landlords and tenants within the UK. The restrictions implemented by the UK government’s lockdown have had a widespread impact on revenue streams, particularly those generated through public donations and fundraisers, resulting in many tenants seeking to agree some sort of financial relief from landlords. The following update offers guidance for both third sector tenants and landlords during these uncertain times.
Reviewing Contractual Obligations During COVID-19
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries across the world have enforced some form of ‘lockdown’ and, as a result, the daily ‘normal’ has been significantly altered. Charities and social enterprise operations may have been temporarily ordered to close or to operate with reduced workforces. These organisations are also vulnerable to a number of other challenges, whether it be the cancellation of events or grant funding. As the pandemic endures, operations and supply chains around the world have been disrupted, with organisations experiencing delays and outright failures to perform.
COVID-19: Government Support Packages for the Charity Sector
On 8 April 2020, the UK government announced a £750 million package to support UK charitable organisations through the COVID-19 crisis. On 12 April 2020, the government made a further announcement, making an additional £200 million available for UK and international charities focusing on overcoming the pandemic. Government departments are currently working on identifying priority recipients of such funds, with the aim for organisations to receive the funds in the coming weeks. This update provides details on the various packages available to charities, social enterprises and development organisations during the COVID-19 crisis, although this will be under review and subject to further updates as more information is released.
Accessing the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)
As a consequence of COVID-19, many small and medium-sized social enterprises in the UK are facing significant financial uncertainty and, in some cases, a sudden liquidity shortfall. In recognition of the unique challenges that are facing enterprises, and to help navigate this difficult landscape, the government has introduced a programme of financial support with a view to providing short-term stability during this period of economic uncertainty.
The Impacts of COVID-19 on Insolvency Law Processes and Reforms
A survey by the National Lottery Heritage Fund found that “around a third of charity/third sector organisations and around a third of community and voluntary groups said they could not exist beyond July.” The COVID-19 pandemic has sadly made this the new norm. For many organisations, insolvency is now of real concern and so understanding the changing insolvency landscape is key.
Reviewing and Adapting Corporate Governance Policies in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Corporate governance is one of the areas that has come under the spotlight as charities face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this update we are looking at duties and potential liabilities of charity trustees under UK law; considerations around holding of meetings remotely; decisions to use reserves and restricted funds in the current crisis; and at developing risk management policies to deal with the current challenges.
Data Protection Compliance During the COVID-19 Crisis
Changes to charity and social enterprise operations during lockdown periods will likely impact on your ability to comply with data protection regulations. The UK’s Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has indicated it will adopt a pragmatic approach in undertaking its regulatory duties. The following update provides some tips on measures that can be put in place to manage your organisation’s legal risks.
Harnessing the Law to Eradicate Poverty: The Decade of Action
Saturday 25 January 2020 saw the launch of A4ID’s Law and Development Training Programme with the opening module: ‘Harnessing the Law to Eradicate Poverty’.
The East Africa Law Society’s Annual Conference: Promoting Responsible Business Across the Region
An interview with Commissioner Jedidah Wakonyo Waruhiu of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.
A4ID’s Chief Executive, Yasmin Batliwala, Speaks About Disability Inclusion – A Key Pillar to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
On the 28th November 2019, Yasmin Batliwala joined an illustrious panel of political, business and legal leaders at the CMS Office in London to discuss how the further inclusion of people with disabilities could be achieved across all industries.
Identifying the Legal Determinants of Health and Tools to Achieve Good Health and Well-Being
Yasmin Batliwala, A4ID’s Chief Executive, joined Lady Hale of Richmond, President of the Supreme Court of the UK, and a panel of experts at Chatham House on 28 October 2019 to mark the launch of the Lancet-O’Neil Institute Commission on Global Health and Law’s report on ‘The legal determinants of health: harnessing the power of law for global health and sustainable development’.
A4ID’s Global Development Legal Clinic: Providing Answers to Your Most Pressing Legal Questions
During September 2019, A4ID launched the first of a regular series of Global Development Legal Clinics* in partnership with Latham & Watkins LLP.
Reducing Risks and Ensuring Compliance: A4ID’s Development Partners Receive Training on Key Bribery and Sanctions Issues
A4ID recently held two legal trainings on compliance issues that are currently very pertinent to the development sector: ‘Bribery and Corruption’ and ‘Sanctions, Risks and Compliance for NGOs’.
Special Announcement – Law and Development Training Programme 2019 – A4ID Partial Scholarships
A4ID is pleased to announce a partial scholarship for self-funded applicants.
A4ID Law and Development Training Programme 2018 – Module 2 Open for Bookings!
A4ID’s Module 2 of the Law and Development Training Programme, on Finance and Development, is open for bookings.
A4ID Chief Executive, Yasmin Batliwala, speaks at the UN Global Forum on Business and Human Rights 2017
Yasmin Batliwala was invited to speak at the UN Global Forum on Business and Human Rights at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland this year.
Yasmin Batliwala to speak at UN Global Forum on Business and Human Rights 2017
A4ID’s Chief Executive, Yasmin Batliwala, will speak at the UN Global Forum on Business and Human Rights 2017 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on 28 November 2017.
India: A4ID to hold Symposium on Business and Human Rights
On Friday 10 November 2017, The Claridges Hotel in New Delhi, India, A4ID will convene business, legal and academic leaders for discussion on developments in business and human rights in India and abroad with a focus on company leadership in operationalising Pillar II (respect for human rights) and Pillar III (access to remedy) of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Assessing the Global State of Human Rights Pro Bono Services
The contemporary global network of pro bono Human Rights lawyers dedicated to assisting individuals in some of the poorest regions in the world is at its greatest level of sophistication in history.
Global Forum in Budapest Looks to Reclaim Law as a Force for Good
The 2017 PILnet Global Forum, taking place in Budapest, Hungary from 16-19 October, has at its core an ambitious initiative familiar to A4ID: to “reclaim law as a force of good”.
Two A4ID Development Partners honoured with “Alternative Nobel Prize”
A4ID is delighted to announce two of their Development Partners—founder of the Human Rights Law Network, Colin Gonsalves and Senior Inclusion Advisor of the Light for the World, Yetnebersh Nigussie—have been named Laureates of the 2017 Right Livelihood Award.
Yasmin Batliwala joins newly established panel reporting to Attorney General’s Pro Bono Committee
Chief Executive Yasmin Batliwala is delighted to have been invited to sit on a newly established panel to ‘promote and coordinate’ lawyers’ voluntary efforts.
Business and Human Rights Workshops in Uganda and Tanzania
A4ID is delighted to be working in partnership East Africa Law Society (EALS) to provide training and workshops on business and human rights for lawyers in Uganda and Tanzania. On this occasion Allen and Overy (A&O), are providing their expertise pro bono in delivering training in these workshops.
A4ID provides inaugural business and human rights training for the East African legal community
A4ID has partnered with the premier regional Bar Association in East Africa, the East Africa Law Society (EALS) to run professional development workshops on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), which set out the international standards on businesses’ responsibility to respect human rights.
A4ID launches Peer to Peer Network on Business & Human Rights for lawyers in Indian, Kenyan and global firms
A4ID has launched a peer to peer network for lawyers in India, Kenya and in international firms to connect with each other and exchange knowledge, experiences and materials on the growing and increasingly important field of Business and Human Rights.
Trowers & Hamlins joins A4ID as a legal partner
A4ID is proud to welcome Trowers & Hamlins as a legal partner. Trowers & Hamlins LLP is an international law firm with offices throughout the UK, Middle East and Asia.
A4ID’s Online Legal Health Check is now live
Development organisations can benefit from a free online assessment of their legal needs.
Good governance critical in extractives
A4ID participates in the OECD Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-Based Development in Paris.
2016 European Pro Bono Forum
One of the most remarkable developments in the field of law over the past decade has been the rapid growth of pro bono in Europe and increasingly around the globe.
700 development organisations eligible for pro bono legal advice
A4ID is delighted to announce that we are now working with 700 development partners around the world.
A4ID welcomes 3 more US-based legal partners
Three international US law firms, Milbank, Sullivan & Cromwell, and Winston & Strawn have joined A4ID as legal partners.
A4ID Development Partners receive funding from the Humanitarian Innovation Fund
On 4 August 2016, A4ID’s Deputy Head of Partnerships and Legal Services, Joe Tan, was invited to attend an innovation retreat at Oxford University’s Said Business School as a Legal Advisor for ELHRA Humanitarian Innovation Fund’s ‘Accelerating the Journey to Scale’ Initiative.
Launch of A4ID’s online defamation training
On 18 October 2016 A4ID launched its free e-learning resources on English defamation law for advocacy and campaigning organisations at Matrix Chambers.
UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – 17th October 2016
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal to “end poverty in all its forms everywhere” understands that poverty is a result of many different factors.
A4ID Law and Development Student Blog
A4ID is currently looking for student contributors for our new Law and Development Student Blog.
A4ID launches Business and Human Rights Programme in Kenya
On Friday 7 October 2016 A4ID delivered its Business and Human Rights Programme in Kenya.
One month until our Law and Development Training Programme
A4ID’s Law & Development Training Programme starts next month!
A4ID hosts an evening event in Nairobi
A4ID recently launched its Business and Human Rights Programme in Kenya. To open this programme A4ID welcomed two high profile guests from the fields of law and business in Kenya.
Yasmin Batliwala speaks at the IBA Conference 2016
Yasmin Batliwala, A4ID Chief Executive, speaks at the International Bar Association’s 2016 Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on the importance of proactive participation of the global legal community in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).
A4ID runs training for Indian lawyers on Business and Human Rights
On 16-17 September 2016 A4ID delivered training on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to Indian commercial lawyers in partnership with Clifford Chance and Weil Gotshal & Manges.
A4ID convenes senior law firm partners to discuss Business and Human Rights in India
On 15 September 2016 A4ID held a dinner for partners from leading Indian law firms to discuss Business and Human Rights, with guest speaker, Dr Surya Deva, Asia-Pacific Representative on the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights.
Getting to grips with ending poverty – Yasmin Batliwala writes in The Times Law Brief
Chief Executive Yasmin Batliwala discusses the Sustainable Development Goals and calls on the legal industry to assist in achieving these in The Times Law Brief.
The Guardian | First steps towards meeting the global goals
Our CEO, Yasmin Baltiwala, comments on the A4ID’s role in achieving the UN sustainable development goals.
A4ID joins the UN Global Compact
A4ID have joined the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. The UN Global Compact is the platform for business to act on global goals to advance the SDGs through their operations, innovations and partnerships.
A4ID CEO Comments on Human Rights Day
In honour of Human Rights Day, A4ID CEO Yasmin Batliwala said:
A4ID is now on Old Street
After a great summer in Canary Wharf, thanks to our warm hosts Clifford Chance, A4ID is moving.
CEO Yasmin Batliwala comments on new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Following the formal introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, Yasmin Batliwala, CEO of Advocates for International Development (A4ID) said:
A4ID interview the CEO of MAKOKO
Autumn Adeigbo told A4ID about the inspiration behind MAKOKO and described what it took to make her dream a reality…
A4ID writes to Ban Ki-moon to include “Rule of Law” in the SDGs
A4ID has written to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him to include a goal focussed on promoting good governance and the Rule of Law in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Yasmin Batliwala wins 2014 Public Sector Category Award
Our CEO Yasmin Batliwala received Woman of Achievement 2014 Category Award for Public Sector from the prestigious Women in the City.
Yasmin Batliwala speaks at the Tokyo Annual Conference of the 2014 International Bar Association.
A4ID’s CEO spoke at Tokyo Annual Conference of the 2014 International Bar Association.
A4ID Launches Legal Health Check for Development Partners
A4ID has recently launched its new Legal Health Check tool for international development organisations, designed to promote a better, more in-depth understanding of their legal needs, and thus helping them in their fight against global poverty and injustice.
The Law Society shortlists A4ID for two Excellence Awards
A4ID has been nominated for two Law Society Excellence Awards categories: Excellence in International Legal Services and Excellence in Pro Bono.
UK lawyers work to help protect LGBT rights in Cambodia
UK lawyers working through international pro bono charity Advocates for International Development (A4ID) have provided vital assistance to a Cambodian human rights charity working to provide legal protection to LGBT people in the country.
UK Government urged to rethink plans for judicial review to ‘protect world’s poorest people’
A joint response to the UK Government’s consultation on plans to restrict charities’ ability to bring cases to judicial review has called for the Government to abandon the proposals.
A4ID breaks £25 million pro bono ‘milestone’
Advocates for International Development (A4ID), the charity that brokers pro bono legal advice for the international development sector, this month reached a new milestone in its mission to support the fight against global poverty through the law.