Russell-Cooke's charity and social business team have advised Charities Evaluation Services (CES), a leading charity which helps voluntary sector organisations to demonstrate the difference they make, on its merger with the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

It is becoming increasingly important for charities to measure outcomes and impact to demonstrate their worth to the public. This merger, to beeffected by the transfer of CES' assets to NCVO, secures the future of the PQASSO performance assessment tool that was developed by CES and has been used by thousands of organisations.

The multi-disciplinary team included partners Andrew Studd and Jane Klauber and senior associates Chris Rowse and Fudia Smartt; who advised on the structure of the merger, negotiation of heads of terms, due diligence and transfer documentation, and assisted with employment aspects, in particular the impact of TUPE and other arrangements concerning staff.

Sue Rossiter, chair of CES has said "As a small organisation, we felt our activities would be much more sustainable if they were part of a bigger whole" and that NCVO's position "at the heart of the voluntary sector will help us to both reach and support more charities, and to develop new products and services to meet the changing needs of the sector."

Andrew Studd, partner in the Russell-Cooke charity and social business team, said "We have a strong reputation for advising on charity mergers and are delighted to have helped CES to secure a long-term future as part of NCVO. A merger is a big step for any organisation to take and we are used to guiding clients through the process in a sensitive, practical and joined-up way."

The merger has been covered in the sector press, including Civil Society magazine.