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’ charity of the year 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.”