FROM THE EDITOR
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.