Avoiding Trustee Personal Liability


Charity trustees can, in some circumstances, find themselves personally liable for their actions, despite being volunteers. The risks can be minimised by taking the following steps:

The Charity Commission has power to relieve charity trustees from personal liability where the trustee has acted “honestly and reasonably”. However it expects charity trustees to manage the charity properly and efficiently, and to have effective controls, policies and procedures in place. Where there is any doubt that such measures have been taken and such processes put into practice, professional advice should be sought to remedy those issues.

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