A Practical Guide to Charity Law in Scotland – How to order your copy


‘A Practical Guide to Charity Law in Scotland’, published by W. Green (ISBN 978-0-414-03256-9), is a up-to-date  practical handbook aimed at everyone involved in running charities and is an essential resource and go-to guide for those who manage charities.

Topics include

  • Starting a charity and becoming a Trustee
  • Current best practice in Governance, or proper management
  • Current ideas on finance and fundraising
  • How to go about investment and trading
  • Keeping an eye on when changes to your charity are needed

There are 13 chapters in all covering all aspects of a charity’s life in Scotland. Our Colin Liddell has contributed two chapters, one entitled ‘Variation, Reorganisation and Amalgamation’ and the other entitled ‘Dissolution and Winding-Up’.

The retail price is £69 although registered charities will receive a 20% discount from the list price by contacting alan.bett@thomsonreuters.com with the name of the charity and registered charity number.

The book is also available to purchase online at the full retail price at Amazon by clicking here or at Sweet and Maxwell by clicking here .

Seminar Double Bill: The Charity Trustees’ Toolkit and The Role of the Charity Chair

6.30 p.m., Tuesday 25th April 2017, Perth

Accredited Specialist in Charity Law, Colin Liddell, and Charity Law Solicitor, Sarah
Rennie, will be hosting their Annual Seminar for Charity Trustees and Charity Managers at The Soutar Theatre at the AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday 25th April 2017.

The evening will be split into two sessions:

‘The Charity Trustees’ Toolkit’ In the first session, from 6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m., Colin and Sarah will cover a variety of topics including the process for Trustee selection, Risk Management together with recent changes and current issues.

‘The Role of the Charity Chair’ In the second session, from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m., Colin will cover a subject which is relevant to all Trustees and not just Chairs, or Vice-Chairs, in order to understand the Chair’s role and challenges.

There will of course also be the usual Q & A session after each session and a short refreshment break in between.

Places are £10 per person for either or both sessions and all proceeds will be donated to this year’s nominated charity PKVAS, Scottish Charity Number SC005561

It is a case of ‘the more the merrier’ at our Annual Charity Seminar, where we recommend that as many Trustees of a charity try to attend the Seminar together, so that they can speak about it together afterwards.

If you would like to attend, please contact colin.liddell@hmitchell.co.uk to request a Booking Form.

There are a limited number of spaces and bookings will be dealt with on a first-paid, first-served basis.

Have you ever wondered what the W.S in our name stands for?

W.S. stands for ‘Writers to the Signet’ and is widely recognised as signifying exceptional standards of competence and integrity within the Scottish legal profession.

Historically the Signet was the private royal seal of the early Scottish Kings. Once King James VI went to London to become King James I, he and subsequent Kings and Queens could no longer readily affix the royal seal to documents in person; it was the Writers to the Signet who became authorised to supervise its use and, later, to act as clerks to the Courts.

The WS Society was established definitively by 1594. It owns, and operates from, the Signet Library in Edinburgh’s Old Town, adjacent to the Courts and St. Giles Cathedral, a building which it established from 1810.

Each Writer to the Signet is an inducted member of the W.S. Society and belongs to Scotland’s College of Justice along with the nation’s senior judges, known as Senators, and its advocates, the equivalent of barristers.
Our current Partners are all Writers to the Signet in their own name, which enables “W.S.” to be included as part of our firm’s name.

It is interesting that very few other firms nowadays, of those entitled to, use the W.S. suffix, but we are proud to be associated with this long legal history and to use the suffix in our firm name.

Merry Christmas from us all!

Wishing one and all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all the team at J. & H. Mitchell Solicitors and Estate Agents.
Here are some of our legal team getting in to the festive spirit at the recent Aberfeldy Festive Fun Day.
Our offices will close at 4pm on Friday 23rd December and will re-open at 9am on Wednesday 4th January 2017.

Charity Newsletter 2016

Our annual Charity Newsletter 2016 is now available to download at the Charities and Communities section of our website.

This year’s Newsletter covers a number of topics including an OSCR update and notice of new reporting requirements for charities.

If you would like mjhm-cardore detailed information or further advice on any of the matters raised or any other Charity Law matters please do not hesitate to contact Colin Liddell, who is an accredited specialist in Charity Law (colin.liddell@hmitchell.co.uk),or Sarah Rennie (sarah.rennie@hmitchell.co.uk).

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive advance notice of future Newsletters and our Charity Trustee Training Seminars please contact us.

Charity Law re-accreditation for Colin Liddell


Our Senior Partner, Colin Liddell , has been re-accredited as a Law Society of Scotland specialist in Charity Law.

This means that not only is Colin the first solicitor in Scotland to be accredited as a specialist in Charity Law he is now the first solicitor to have been re-accredited for a fourth term (of five years), following his accreditation in 2001, and re-accreditations in 2006, 2011 and now 2016.

Accreditation signifies exceptional knowledge and skill within a specific legal practice area.

Currently, Colin is Chairman of Pitlochry Festival Theatre and Aberfeldy Highland Ball, and a Trustee of a number of other charities including Royal High School Preservation Trust and Dunard Fund. Colin is commentator at the Pitlochry Highland Games and is Patron of the Moulin & Pitlochry History Circle.  Author of ‘Pitlochry – A History’(2008). Contributing Author to ‘A Practical Guide to Charity Law in Scotland’ (2016).

Colin regularly provides training seminars and talks for charities throughout Scotland and beyond. If you would like to join our mailing list to receive advance notice of Colin’s next seminar and our Annual Charity Newsletter please email j@hmitchell.co.uk

A Practical Guide to Charity Law in Scotland – Handbook Released!









‘A Practical Guide to Charity Law in Scotland’ has now been published by W. Green (ISBN 978-0-414-03256-9). There are 13 chapters in all covering all aspects of a charity’s life in Scotland (whether a Scottish charity or a charity from another jurisdiction, such as England & Wales, which is registered in Scotland). Our Colin Liddell has contributed two chapters, one entitled ‘Variation, Reorganisation and Amalgamation’ and the other entitled ‘Dissolution and Winding-Up’. Registered charities will receive a 20% discount from the list price by contacting alan.bett@thomsonreuters.com

Planning for the Future

J & H Mitchell WS invite you to our FREE Seminars aimed at individuals approaching the latter stages of life, and those who care for them. These seminars will include presentations on Wills, Powers of Attorney and Care Home Fees, as well as guest presentations on financial services from local financial advisors.

The Seminars will take place at:jhm-logo-500px
Aberfeldy (Town Hall), 21st September, 6.00pm
Pitlochry (Scotland’s Hotel), 28th September, 6.00pm

To reserve your place, call 01796 472606

We look forward to seeing you there.

Pitlochry Pre-School Playgroup Donation

25 07 16 Playgroup photoJ & H Mitchell were delighted to donate £400 in support of Pitlochry Pre-School Playgroup, which was raised through donations from clients as well as from the firm. The Playgroup has been one of the cornerstones of the Pitlochry community for many years, and relies on donations to continue its good work. Partner Paul Keith is pictured here presenting the cheque.