The High Court warns public bodies to exercise caution to avoid deterring able volunteers from becoming trustees

The High Court has warned public bodies to exercise “great caution” in the context of disqualification proceedings and charity trustees, so not to deter able and experienced volunteers from becoming trustees.

Mrs Justice Falk made the comments in her judgment on the disqualification proceedings brought against the trustees of Kids Company, the well-known charity spearheaded by Camila Batmanghelidjh, which collapsed in 2015. 

The Official Receiver sought varying periods of disqualification, between 2.5 and 6 years, on the basis of the trustees’ “collective failure” to properly manage the charity in the months leading to its collapse. 

However, finding no fault on the part of the tr...

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