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Royal Albert Hall dispute referred to tribunal

The Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Dan Breckwoldt/Shutterstock The Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Dan Breckwoldt/Shutterstock
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A row over the governance of the Royal Albert Hall will be referred to tribunal it has been confirmed, after the venue was reported to the UK’s top law officer.

The long-running dispute centres around privately owned seats at the London venue, which owners can resell tickets for at a profit.

These seat holders also make up a majority of the council that runs the charity, meaning there is an “inherent unresolvable conflict of interest” in the hall’s governance, independent regulator the Charity Commission said.

In August last year the Charity Commission reported the Albert Hall to the Attorney General Jeremy Wright, seeking to refer the issue to the charity tribunal due to its complexity and a lack of progress on a resolution.

This has now been agreed.

A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said: “We are pleased that the Attorney General has agreed that these matters can be heard by the tribunal and has given consent for the commission to bring reference proceedings.

“This is a long-running issue which we hope the tribunal will be able to assist in resolving. We will now work to prepare the appropriate application to be submitted to the charity tribunal.”