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Business Law for Charities
Fri 16 September 2016, 09:00 – 12:00 BST
Stephanie is a commercial solicitor with over 25 years experience from small claims through to the Court of Appeal. Having worked in both private practice and in house, she combines a variety of legal knowledge as well as a good understanding of how businesses really work. Famous for her ability to explain issues in straight forward language and to deliver advice and support with both compassion and a sense of humour, Stephanie has built up a loyal following of regular clients, mostly small businesses who need a wide variety of assistance and has a strong team of assistant solicitors and support staff around her to provide legal services at all levels.
Stephanie's passion is to help new businesses get it right from the start, helping them develop policies and procedures for the recruitment, training and retaining of staff. She also advises on company and partnership matters.
Through the recession Stephanie has also focused on helping companies manage their cash flow by assisting them in implement effective contracts, terms and conditions and debt collection policies. She is also no stranger to the Court process, helping clients bring and defend claims of all levels, although she is a big advocate of mediation and negotiation to avoid the uncertainties of litigation.
Stephanie and her team also work on commercial property matters, as well as some personal legal issues such as probate claims and building disputes.
Stephanie has worked with a number of charities over the years. She as a fundraiser for CICRA (Crohn’s in Childhood Research Appeal) after her brother was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. She was also the chairman of the Out and About committee for Variety Club, which was responsible for putting on events for disabled and underprivileged children. In her professional capacity, she is an adviser to LUCY air ambulance which helps to repatriate sick children. She also provides legal support to the Actors of Dionysus which aims to make classical Greek literature more accessible. Another charity which she has recently started working with Teens Unite, which supports teenagers with cancer. Stephanie also supports Luminary Bakery and the Rainmaker Foundation by giving regular talks on business law to help the start up companies that these wonderful charities support.
Stephanie runs a full service law firm, employing 15 members of staff. Stephanie believes passionately that it cannot all be about the money, and it is important for everyone to make a contribution to society. Given her extensive knowledge and experience in business law, and her love of talking (sometimes you can’t shut her up) she has found a unique way to help charities, by providing talks and legal workshops, to help charitable organisations be better prepared for doing business.
Stephanie is going to be talking about business law. Charities still have to comply with certain laws and regulations. Most charities that she deals with are just as anxious to be legally compliant as anyone in the private sector, but don’t always know what their obligations are or how to comply with them. Join her for a fun and informative talk to help you understand issues such as what information needs to be on your website, what your obligations are under the Data Protection Act, and what your terms of business should cover.
Anyone responsible for the day to day running of a charity. Trustees of charities. Those with responsibility for designing or managing charities websites and marketing material. Those who are entering into contracts on behalf of the charity.
Law can be a very boring subject. Stephanie has a unique way of making it entertaining and interesting. Don’t be put off by the title. You will leave smiling and well prepared.