Charity appeals


The Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 set out arrangements for the regulation of charities in Scotland and established the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR as the regulator for charities in Scotland. The Act makes provision for organisations to appeal under certain circumstances about such decisions. 

The Charity appeals jurisdiction of the First-tier Tribunal deals with appeals against decisions made by the Office of the the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), the body which regulates charitable activity in Scotland.

The First-tier Tribunal is an independent body and not involved in any earlier decisions about a case.

The Tribunal provides a simple means for charities and those involved in their management to appeal decisions made about them by OSCR.

The Charity appeals jurisdiction aims:

  • To provide fair, independent and informed adjudication of appeals against the OSCR's decisions, in accordance with the Act and the Rules of Procedure
  • To be accessible to users, providing consistent, impartial, efficient and effective proceedings
  • To make decisions that reflect best practice, whilst keeping the time and costs involved for all parties to a minimum

The First-tier Tribunal, its decisions and dealings with charities and the public, is independent from both Scottish Ministers and from OSCR. 

For information on how the Charity Appeals jurisdiction handles information, please refer to our privacy notice.


Tribunal members


Aileen Devanny, Solicitor, Motherwell
Gary McIlravey, Solicitor, Dundee
John Walker, Solicitor, Ayr 


Asif Haseeb, Senior Manager, Audit Scotland, Glasgow
Catriona Whitfield, Chartered Accountant, Helmsdale
Charlotte Barbour
John Blackwood
Asif Haseeb
Jane Heppenstall
Ahsan Khan
Mary Lyden
Catriona Whitfield