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NSPCC secures pro bono legal support from four law firms

NSPCC secures pro bono legal support from four law firms

The NSPCC has appointed a panel of four legal firms to provide pro bono support to the charity this year. The four firms will provide legal support in areas including employment, intellectual property, commercial and IT issues, as well as providing legal training.

The firms were appointed in a similar manner to companies’ processes, except this time it was the charity who was choosing the company. NSPCC claims this is a novel development for the third sector.

The four firms, Clifford Chance, Baker & McKenzie, Wragge & Co LLP and Walker Morris, all took part in a competitive tender process to secure a place on the panel. The charity invited 21 firms to tender and 11 did so in the last quarter of 2010.

NSPCC General Counsel, Catherine Dixon said: “The development of new services to help more vulnerable children and young people requires an innovative legal approach to match. These four firms have the expertise and commitment to ensure the NSPCC’s legal needs are met.

“The NSPCC is delighted to be the first charity to implement this kind of legal tender process. The closer relations with our firms and significant offer of pro bono support will allow the charity to invest greater sums to help end cruelty to children.”

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    Partners Deborah Zandstra and Jessica Littlewood are leading the initiative from Clifford Chance.

    Deborah Zandstra said: “Clifford Chance is excited about working with the NSPCC on their UK legal panel. The formal panel process introduced procurement techniques into the third sector that are more typically found in the public, corporate and banking sectors. Participating in the Panel process enabled us to get to know the NSPCC as a charity better from the outset and made us think about what we could contribute to the relationship and how we would go about it which was in itself very helpful.

    Jessica Littlewood added: “Taking part in pro-bono activities is at the heart of what we do and is embedded in our corporate culture. It expands the horizons of everyone involved at the firm and through our work enables us to give something meaningful back to our local communities. We are very much looking forward to providing legal support to the NSPCC and building a long-lasting relationship with them.

    The partners conclude: “Ultimately, working with charities like the NSPCC is about maximizing the benefit of legal input to their organization enabling them to direct greater sums to their charitable objectives, in the NSPCC’s case, ending cruelty to children.”

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