Law Department circulars

The following circulars and guidance on issues relating to civil law matters of interest to congregations have been prepared for use by Church of Scotland office­bearers. Whilst those from other denominations and other voluntary organisations are welcome to consult them, they should not regard them as a comprehensive study of the topic concerned nor as providing legal advice. The circulars should not be treated as a substitute for taking specific legal advice concerning individual situations.

Disclaimer

Please note that The Church of Scotland accepts no responsibility for any loss or liability which may arise from reliance on information or expressions of opinion contained in these Circulars.

Bribery Act

Charity law

Constitutions

Data Protection

  1. Introduction
  2. Guidance Note
  3. Information Storage Practice Hints and Tips
  4. Draft Policy
  5. Training and Webinar
  6. FAQs
  7. Style Consent Form suggested wording
  8. Breach Notification Form
  9. Style risk Assessment Form
  10. Style Letter

Employment Law and Contracts

Contracts for congregational boards

Please note that the following contracts of employment are only for congregations with a congregational board constituted in terms of the Model Deed of Constitution. Two styles of contract for an organist are given depending on whether the post includes regulated work with Children and Young People as defined in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act 2007. Further information is given about this in the notes attached to the styles.

These downloads should only be used by Church of Scotland office bearers.

Contracts in the name of the kirk session

Please note that the following contracts of employment are for congregations which are not constituted under the Model Deed of Constitution. Two styles of contract for an organist are given depending on whether the post includes regulated work with Children and Young People as defined in the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act 2007. Further information is given about this in the notes attached to the styles.

These downloads should only be used by Church of Scotland office bearers.

General

Guidelines For Use of Property

Health and safety

Letting Property

Rates, water charges and council tax

Churches' Legislation Advisory Service

The Church is a member of the Churches' Legislation Advisory Service (CLAS), a UK interdenominational body which responds on behalf of its members to Government consultations and provides information on the impact on churches of legislation. It provides a range of circulars on its website (Please note these deal in particular with UK and English and Welsh issues).

Contact for more information

Contact the Law Department at lawdept@cofscotland.org.uk.