The Charity Commission’s chief legal adviser challenges the argument that charities should reconsider what they disclose because of fears that it might come out in public

In an article appearing on this website yesterday, Alison Paines of Withers Solicitors suggested that, in light of a Supreme Court hearing this week, charities should review their approach to sharing information with the Charity Commission.

This is a reference to the appeal before the Supreme Court, brought by the Times journalist Dominic Kennedy, who is challenging the commission’s use of an exemption under the Freedom of Information Act that allows us to withhold information held as part of a statutory investigation after the inquiry has ended.


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