Charity law firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite has stated that it will write to Liberty, asking it to back their campaign to have the law repealed.
Bates Wells & Braithwaite is of the view that the "fit and proper persons" test for charities, breaches the human rights of charity employees.
Rosamund McCarthy, partner at Bates Wells & Braithwaite, is quoted in the Third Sector as saying that the law could give HMRC the power to dismiss charity employees and trustees and bar them from working in the sector again, based on suspicion rather than proof of wrongdoing. It also gave those employees no right to appeal.
HMRC state that it assumed that all people appointed by charities were fit and proper persons, unless HMRC had other evidence.
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