New legal solutions…creating clarity from confusion

New legal solutions…creating clarity from confusion

There has never been such a bewildering array of legal models available to organisations operating in the third sector.  And despite the challenging economic climate, these models can help to open up new opportunities for growth and development within the sector.  This seminar aims to blow away the mystique that surrounds these new models and – through a clear outline of the key principles, and practical case studies – provide some inspiration about new ways of working.

This seminar will be of interest to all those involved in the management or governance of third sector organisations, as well as support agencies and consultants who work with third sector bodies.


Setting the scene
–  Stephen Phillips, Burness

De-mystifying SCIOs
–  Stephen Phillips & Kirstie Penman,  Burness / Laura Allan, OSCR
The SCIO has been on the scene for over a year, but there is still some hesitation around choosing the SCIO in place of a company structure. What are the key features of the SCIO model, and are these concerns fact or fiction?

Collaborative working
– Gillian Harkness, Burness 
Collaborative working is becoming increasingly important, as third sector organisations try to address the growing trend for larger-scale packages in public service delivery and grant-funded projects.  What are the key issues to be addressed – and how can these best be set into a legal framework if there is no desire to set up a joint corporate body? 

Co-operative models for consortium arrangements
–  Stephen Phillips / Sarah Deas, Co-operative Development Scotland
The use of a jointly-controlled corporate body can create a tighter focus for a third sector consortium – but will also raise its own challenges.  How can we merge co-operative principles with traditional social enterprise approaches, to maximise the prospects for a stable and successful consortium?

Share issues and social impact bonds 
–  Graeme Palmer, Burness / Jeremy Wyatt, Hall Aitken 
There is increasing interest in raising capital via community share issues, partly driven by restricted availability of loan funding but also a wider debate round community ownership. And social impact bonds are creating greater controversy – viewed as either a means for shifting more public sector delivery to the social enterprise sector or as a distortion of social enterprise values driven by private sector capital. What are the possibilities that these approaches can open up – and are there ways to address these concerns?

When:  Tuesday 26 June 2012, 8.30am to 12.45pm
Where:  Burness Glasgow office, 120 Bothwell Street
RSVP:  Email or call Elaine on +44 (0)131 473 6181