A completely revised edition of my Handbook of Co-operative and Community Benefit Society Law is out in September 2014 as an ebook and hardback. It is published by Co-operatives UK with Jordans to coincide with the new consolidated Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. I edited it and wrote it jointly with a team of colleagues from a range of organisations, probably including ABCUL, the FCA, Trowers and Hamlins, Anthony Collins Solicitors, Capsticks. You can order a copy here
I served as a member of the HM Treasury Working Groups on the reform of both Co-operative and Credit Union Law in the UK in the run up to the enactment of the 2011 LRO which updated aspects of industrial and provident society and credit union law. I currently serve on the Technical Committee of Co-operative UK and Locality‘s Community Shares Unit.
In December 2010, I completed a review of Bahrain Co-operative Law for the Co-operative College, Manchester as part of a project financed by DFID.
With colleagues Kevin Jaquiss and Cliff Mills of Cobbetts LLP (now DWF LLP), I was involved in preparing Cobbetts Advice to the FSA of March 2012 on the registration conditions for co-operatives and community benefit societies. I am currently working with the FCA as an independent consultant on the development of Guidance in the light of consultation responses on that Advice.
During 2012 I prepared and submitted the UK Chapter for the forthcoming International Handbook on Co-operative Law due to be published in August 2013 and the WestlawUK Insight article on industrial and provident societies. I was also involved with the organisation of the SGECOL Seminar on Co-operative law in Europe at Co-operatives United in Manchester in November 2012.