Rebecca Fry, ‘The school that moved: when does land cease to be used for charitable purposes?’

ABSTRACT
In Rittson-Thomas v Oxfordshire County Council [2021] UKSC 13 the Supreme Court held that school sites conveyed under the School Sites Act 1841 can be sold with vacant possession, provided the trustees have a clear intention to use the sale proceeds to buy or improve replacement school premises. The Court’s ‘broad and practical’ approach maximises flexibility for local authorities and other school site trustees, while its finding that the balance struck by the Act leans in favour of public rather than private interests has wider implications for the construction of charitable trusts.

Rebecca Fry, The school that moved: when does land cease to be used for charitable purposes?, Trusts and Trustees, https://doi.org/10.1093/tandt/ttac004. Published 23 February.

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