FROM THE EDI­TOR

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The Le­gal Mat­ters col­umn on page 35 of­fers par­tic­u­larly sound ad­vice this week. Lawyer Alan Knowsley dis­cusses the im­por­tance of good gover­nance.

His ad­vice is to know the rules of the par­tic­u­lar or­gan­i­sa­tion you are in­volved with, and to act within those rules. That can save a lot of trou­ble down the track.

He cites an ex­am­ple of a char­i­ta­ble trust that de­cided to put a prop­erty on the mar­ket. A rather ca­sual meet­ing was held. The mo­tion to sell the prop­erty was car­ried with a show of hands and the prop­erty was then duly ad­ver­tised.

Em­bar­rass­ingly, a dis­grun­tled trus­tee then told the chair­man the trust’s rules had not been fol­lowed, in­clud­ing the fact that there had not been a quo­rum at the meet­ing.

Alan’s ad­vice is that even though it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day run­ning of an or­gan­i­sa­tion it is im­por­tant to fre­quently re­fer back to the gov­ern­ing le­gal doc­u­ments. Sound ad­vice.

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