Zedra Fiduciary Services (UK) Ltd v Attorney General: the contemporary Scope of the Statutory Cy-près Doctrine

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Abstract

Historically, the cy-près doctrine required that, upon the substantive alteration of a charitable trust, the new purposes should be ‘as near as possible’ to the old. This is no longer the case. Subject to section 67(3) of the Charities Act 2011, the redrafting court or Charity Commission must have regard to factors other than proximity of purpose. Zedra Fiduciary Services (UK) Ltd v Attorney General is the first high-level authority to consider the meaning of the statute, and, with it, the scope of the contemporary statutory cy-près doctrine. This note argues that the Court of Appeal read down the statutory factors conservatively, prioritising fidelity to the original objects of the trust. The note considers the method of the Court and suggests that a more creative approach might have been taken. Finally, the note considers the impact of the authority on the Charity Commission's routine, day-to-day cy-près casework .
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages12
JournalModern Law Review
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2024

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