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Welcome to the Giving Thought Podcast, a bi-weekly exploration of trends in global philanthropy and civil society from the Charities Aid Foundation’s in-house think-tank, Giving Thought.

In each episode your host Rhodri Davies (formerly with co-host Adam Pickering) explores a big issue, theme or trend and analyses what it means for philanthropy and civil society around the world.

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Sep 4, 2018

In episode 32 we chat to Chris Willis Pickup, Partner at Taylor Vinters law firm and former Head of Litigation for the Charity Commission for England & Wales. charity law. We discuss a whole host of topics including:

-What does charity law actually entail?

-Defining charitable purposes

-Dormant trusts, the Cy Pres doctrine and the National Fund

-Campaigning and charity law

-What is the role of a charity regulator?

-Developing digital skills in charities

-Charity RegTech

-What role can lawyers play in promoting philanthropy?