When working for a good cause turns sour – The Times

Many high-profile lawyers want to do good, but two recent examples of charitable endeavours provide lessons on the need to maintain due diligence.
The first is the theft of almost £30,000 from the legal diversity charity Bridging the Bar by one of its former committee members. An aspiring barrister allegedly stole the money over a period of months and embarked on a spending spree that included buying a Versace dressing gown, champagne and a sauna.
The official is said to have transferred the money, which has since been returned, to a personal account owing to a “loophole” in the charity’s systems.
Observers on social media have noted that it is standard practice for charities to require two signatories before money can be withdrawn. In a
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