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This recent decision covered a multitude of points which may be of interest for charity trustees.
The case related to an internal dispute in a charitable unincorporated association – the Celestial Church of Christ, Edward Street Parish – which escalated to the point at which “confrontational, aggressive and wholly inappropriate” behaviour was being exercised by the congregation, requiring police intervention, and which resulted in the removal of a trustee who was also the “Shepherd in charge” of the congregation.
The court considered:
In addition, it also looked at whether or not it was possible for a charity to bring an action for passing off, despite a lack of trading, and the employment status of a minister of religion.
David Catchpole, a specialist in charity litigation, has written a brief article setting out the main points from the decision here.
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