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Thread: Legal and Insurance status of a DMG

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    Legal and Insurance status of a DMG

    Please may I ask for comments/suggestions to help our DMG decide on how to further develop the Group:

    I am a member of a Deer Management Group - The North-Cotswolds DMG and after a recent meeting I was tasked with investigating if we have to 'formalise' our Group into some form of Legal status (Club? Association? Syndicate? LtdCo? ) and if we run the risk of being seen as 'an organisation' and therefore require insurance for the entire DMG.


    Currently we have some fifty 'members' but no formal rules and no official committee. We are effectively a PR and Marketing Group run by and for volunteers. Every stalker is personally responsible for his relationship with his own landowner(s), and every landowner is responsible for checking the credentials of his stalker(s).

    We do have a relationship with a large landowner, a conservation Charity, and have two teams of four stalkers Licensed/Authorised on two sites. Those activities are 100% non-commercial - we don't pay, we don't get paid, we don't sell any venison. The Landowner has its own procedure and requirements for and Open FAC, qualifications (DSC2) and Insurance, evidence that has to be produced by the individual stalkers before the License is signed by both parties.


    During a recent Group meeting these two questions came up:


    1. Do we need to take on a formal Legal status and what form should that take?

    2. Do we need to take out an Insurance Policy covering all Members?


    Obviously we would like to keep things as simple and cheap as possible but naturally we would consider some formal Legal status and Insurance IF we get the advice that we really should.


    Thank you for your help.
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    It looks like the BASC scheme would suit.

    They have an all embracing insurance policy, and code of policy for syndicates/DMG's. It's a job lot - you sign up and take the package on its' merits...... the DMG members only have to pay standard BASC Membership Fees.

    Affiliate your shoot to BASC | The British Association for Shooting and Conservation
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinistral View Post
    It looks like the BASC scheme would suit.

    They have an all embracing insurance policy, and code of policy for syndicates/DMG's. It's a job lot - you sign up and take the package on its' merits...... the DMG members only have to pay standard BASC Membership Fees.

    Affiliate your shoot to BASC | The British Association for Shooting and Conservation
    The page you need is this http://basc.org.uk/join-basc/clubs-and-syndicates/

    Looks like price is discounted to 59.00 per person for groups larger than 8 people.

    Also the The British Deer Society http://www.bds.org.uk/index.html do a group policy, but you will need to contact them to find out details.
    Last edited by 2-dead-in-the-air; 28-02-2015 at 15:06.

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    Firstly, remember that free advice is worth every penny you pay for it!

    Sounds like you are an "unincorporated association", which can have serious implications for individual members should things go pear shaped. You already have relationships with other bodies, so there is potential for problems. Might be worth considering becoming a private company limited by guarantee. Get professional legal advice.

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    Incorporation brings with it significant implications for the Directors.

    We have almost 2000 clubs and syndicates affiliated to us, the vast majority have not gone down the formal incorporation path, save for those who mainly own land.

    There is no harm remaining as an unincorporated body, but you really must adopt a set of rules and run the group according to those rules and this is something BASC can help with

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    Many thanks for all the PM's and replies on the forum - all very helpful and much appreciated.
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