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SIS Briefings: COVID-19 Expert Webinar Business Briefings

The SIS Briefings are a series of free expert webinars which have been created to help third sector organisations with the challenges they are facing due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic.

For the SIS Briefings, SIS has partnered with a number of leaders from the third sector and beyond to deliver a range of different topics that charities and other organisations may be finding challenging in the current climate. For each of these sessions, we’re joined by an expert who offers insights and advice for organisations that may have been struggling.

You can register to join any upcoming sessions, as well as view recordings of any you may have missed. These 30 minute webinars are available below. Please read on for more on information on the expert speaker participating in each session and links to the watch the webinars.

Don’t forget to also check SCVO’s Coronavirus Third Sector Information Hub regularly to keep up-to-date with the continually evolving support on offer.

 Furloughing & Employment Law | Sarah Gilzean, Senior Associate, Morton Fraser | 27th April

Sarah Gilzean

Sarah is a Senior Associate in the Employment Law team. She is an accredited specialist in employment law and has particular expertise in discrimination and equal pay.  Sarah is highly regarded in the sector as a discrimination lawyer and is Convener of the Law Society Equalities Law Reform Committee and Secretary of the Scottish Discrimination Law Association.

She regularly advises in relation to senior exits, TUPE and redundancy, disciplinary and grievance, contractual disputes, whistleblowing, discrimination, equal pay and industrial relations. She appears on behalf of clients in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal and is regularly asked to speak at conferences and training seminars on employment law and discrimination topics. Sarah is considered an Associate to Watch in Employment law by Chambers and Partners.

Please note that this is a fast-developing situation and new government guidance is being issued day to day. You can find the latest government advice here. Any advice should be taken on individual circumstances.

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Sarah also joined us for a session on Furloughing and Employment Law on the 3rd of April. This session can be found here.

Charities, HMRC and COVID-19 | Scott Craig, Partner, Scott Moncrieff | 27th April 2020

Scott Craig

Scott has specialised in VAT for over 20 years and has provided advice and assistance to clients in all sectors. He works with a wide variety of clients from further education colleges and private schools to arts bodies such as Scottish Opera and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Examples of his recent work include the review of income/expenditure for a not-for-profit body and the negotiation of VAT recovery on capital works with HMRC. Out with the firm, he is a member of the VAT practitioners group and the charity tax group.

You can find the ACAS website which will be updated regularly here.

Tax Incentives for Social Enterprises and Charities with Subsidiaries through COVID-19


Charity VAT and COVID-19


Scott also joined us for a session on ‘Charities, HMRC and COVID-19‘ on the 7th of April. You can view this session here.

Guidance from OSCR on COVID-19 | Jude Turbyne, Head of Engagement, OSCR | 1st April 2020

Jude Turbyne

View the webinar recording here.

Jude joined OSCR in September 2013.  As Head of Engagement, she is responsible for managing and developing strong relationships with OSCR’s key stakeholders and partners.

Jude has 20 years’ experience of working in and studying international development, most recently as the director of Progressio Ireland in Dublin and prior to that role, as Head of the Caribbean for Christian Aid in Jamaica.  Jude studied in Edinburgh and Bath, culminating in a PhD which looked at empowerment in development.

You can view OSCR’s latest guidance here. Please note that this is a fast-developing situation and new government guidance is being issued day to day. Any advice should be taken on individual circumstances.

View the webinar recording here.

Procurement, Supply Chains and COVID-19 | Veronica Daly, Chief Procurement Officer, Kings College London | 2nd April 2020

Veronica Daly

View the webinar recording here.

Veronica is responsible for procurement, commercial and supply management at Kings College London. She currently sits as a board member on the UK Government’s VCSE Advisory Panel, advising the Cabinet Office on incorporating social value into Government contracts.

Veronica was previously Director of Commercial Services in the House of Commons and House of Lords and introduced social enterprise into their supply chains. A dual-qualified lawyer in Scotland and England, she has held roles as legal counsel to the Speaker of the House, the UK Ministry of Justice she previously was seconded to The Scottish Government as an in-house counsel.

Please note that this is a fast-developing situation and new government guidance is being issued day to day. You can find the latest government advice here. Any advice should be taken on individual circumstances.

View the webinar recording here.

Restructuring, Insolvency and COVID-19 | Michael Thomson, Partner & Head of Restructuring & Insolvency, Burness Paull | 8th April 2020

Michael Thomson

View the webinar recording here.

Michael is head of the firm’s Restructuring and Insolvency practice. He is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in insolvency law and is ranked by Chambers and Legal 500 as one of Scotland’s leading insolvency lawyers.

He has significant experience and breadth of expertise in this field and practises in a range of sectors on assignments involving:

  • advisory and restructuring work for lenders and borrowers;
  • acting purchase side in the purchase of businesses and assets out of insolvency;
  • advice to boards of distressed companies; and
  • advising clients on counter party insolvency risk.

Michael was named in The Lawyer magazine’s 2020 Hot 100, which recognises the most innovative lawyers from in-house, private practice and the Bar who are shaping the future of the UK legal profession.

View the webinar recording here.


Third Sector Mergers and COVID-19 | Gillian Harkness, Director, Burness Paull | 9th April 2020

Gillian Harkness

View the webinar recording here.

Gillian is a specialist public and third sector adviser. Gillian’s particular areas of expertise include advising on public and third sector mergers, the formation and structure of SCIOs and companies with charitable status and the structuring of non-charitable trading subsidiaries, public sector outsourcing, the development of consortia and collaborative working arrangements, public procurement and state aid.

View the webinar recording here.