Welcome to My Website

  • Now working for Bloomsbury Publishing on a new Third Edition of Ashton and Reid on Clubs and Associations  to be published in 2019 or 2020.

  • Available since April 2016 an updating supplement to Handbook of Co-operative and Community Benefit Society Law published by Co-operatives UK and Jordan Publishing. Original book outlined in this short podcast

  • Download this Summary of Co-op and Community Benefit Society Law as it was late in 2014

  • Free download of Chapter_1 of the Handbook comparing available legal structures for Co-ops and Community Benefit Societies with some info on charities, CIC’s and CIO’s

  • Try the Useful Links page for co-op, law and policy sites in the UK and Continental Europe.

  • The May 2015 Draft of the Principles of European Co-operative Law (PECOL) can be found here: PECOL-May-2015 Book due out from Intersentia early in 2017.

  • The blog entries here continue snaithsco-oplawnews

  • I’m a consultant with DWF LLP Solicitors, of Manchester.

  • Help yourself to a few of my old and not so old articles on co-ops free to download

  • Feedback, comments and suggestions are welcome.

About Me

A completely revised edition of my Handbook of Co-operative and Community Benefit Society Law was published  in September 2014 as an ebook and hardback. It was published by Co-operatives UK with Jordans to coincide with the new consolidated Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 which came into force on 1st August 2014. I edited it and wrote it jointly with a team of colleagues from a range of organisations, including ABCUL, the FCATrowers and Hamlins, Anthony Collins Solicitors, and Capsticks. You can order a copy here in April 2016 an updating supplement was published. When used with the book it brings the etxt up to date as at early 2016.

I also work on UK and EU Co-operative and Mutuals Law as researcher, writer and consultant. I am a member of the Study Group on European Co-operative Law (SGECOL). Intersentia will publish the text of the PECOL Principles of European Cooperative Law, a Commentay on them and all the national reports which informed to development of the Principles.

I served on the European Commission Working Group on Co-operative Legislation and was actively involved with the development, drafting and passage, by the UK Parliament, of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 2002 and the Co-operatives and Community Benefits Societies Acts 2003 and 2010.

In 2009-2010 I was the UK national expert and a member of the Scientific Committee in the preparation of a report for the European Commission “Study on the implementation of the Regulation 14352003 on the Statute for a European Cooperative Society (SCE)” and the UK National Report (at page 971). Most recently, I have helped Mutuo with the Mutuals’ Redeemable Shares Bill 2013.

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. In early 2014 I worked with the FCA as an independent consultant on the development of Guidance in the light of consultation responses on that Advice. A final version is due out in Autumn 2014.

I wrote the UK Chapter for the International Handbook on Co-operative Law 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.

I lead the governance stage of SGECOL’s project to develop Principles of European Co-operative Law (PECOL) as a publication. In 2017, Intersentia are expected to publish the text of the PECOL Principles of European Cooperative Law, a full Commentary on them and all the national reports which informed to development of the Principles.

From June to September 2014 I worked through DWF LLP with the Co-operative Group on the reform of its governance system.

In my “spare time” I am a practising Buddhist, a member of both the Labour and Co-operative Parties with Libertarian Socialist tendencies and a supporter of  Transition Town Harborough.

I live in Leicestershire and am a husband, father and grandfather.

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One Response to Welcome to My Website

  1. Daniel Meloen says:

    Hello Mr. Snaith,

    I’m a student at the LSE pursuing an MSc in International Development. Currently, I must admit, I’m a bit tangled up in my dissertation research with no clear way forward suggesting itself. What I am attempting to do is to somehow connect co-operative governance, co-operative organizational law and co-operative performance in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on India after its legal reforms.

    As you know, co-operatives in developing countries have in most cases since their inception been plagued by top-down command and control by states pursuing dirigiste courses and by opportunistic politicians and bureaucrats. I foresee myself analyzing the governance provisions of India’s more recent co-operative societies acts by reference to the ICA Principles most directly concerned with issues of governance. With little hard empirical evidence with which to bolster the analytical content of this undertaking, I seem doomed to a paltry piece of work.

    Any suggestions that you could offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for you work.

    Daniel Meloen

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