Tag Archives: UK Co-operative Law

This is my Response to the FCA’s June Consultation on their revision of their 2014 draft Guidelines on the registration of Co-ops and Community Benefit societies. As Cliff Mills and David Alcock have pointed out in the Co-op News, it is a big … Continue reading

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Words such as “officer”, “director”, “board” and “committee” are often used in an apparently contradictory way when co-ops and community benefit societies are discussed. The position on those labels in societies can be confusing, so here is my attempt to … Continue reading

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Ian Adderley of the FCA Mutuals Team writes: This is a short update to sponsoring bodies and advisers highlighting some developments in the world of mutual societies registration. Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 You may be aware that … Continue reading

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Many of you will have heard about the legal changes that have come into force this year. At some point I’ll tidy up this website to give them more prominence as a resource for readers, whether lawyers, co-ops, bencoms or … Continue reading

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I posted this on the Co-operative Members Group FB page on 09.05.14: On two tier boards, this is a complex issue and there are no simple or easy answers. Subject to detailed legislative requirements that certain particular matters have to … Continue reading

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Now that I’m back from Brussels it’s time to have a closer look at the use of the word “Co-operative” in the name of a bank 70% owned by Stock Market investors and 30% by the Co-operative Group. I argue … Continue reading

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Co-operatives UK have issued a brief indication of their response to the HM Treasury Consultation Document “Growth Through Co-operation” that came out on 26th July and their fuller response to the technical questions is available to download there as well. … Continue reading

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Here is a recording of the Co-op Fortnight Law Lecture and Discussion in mp3 form for you to download if you have an hour to spare or trouble sleeping…..If you look at the slides while listening, it may make more … Continue reading

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Protect the “Co-operative” Name – contact BIS by 22.05.13

It is vital that everyone supports Co-operatives UK’s campaign on the Government’s proposal to remove the current protection for the use of the word “Co-operative” in the name of a company, LLP, sole trader, limited partnership, or unregistered general partnership. Do … Continue reading

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Why Theory Matters – even to lawyers

A thoughtful analysis of the effect of the history of co-operative law in the UK on the way co-operatives see themselves and function has recently been published by Tara Mulqueen of Birkbeck College London: Tara Mulqueen, “When a business isn’t … Continue reading

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