The charity team at Russell-Cooke has been recognised by the Financial Times for its work with the group Lawyers in Charities. The firm is ranked in the Rule of Law and Access to Justice category of the FT Innovative Lawyers Report 2019.
The FT Innovative Lawyers Report has been celebrating innovative initiatives in the legal sector across Europe since 2006. The awards showcase the best of the profession and applaud innovative and creative initiatives.
Lawyers in Charities is a forum for in-house charity lawyers and has 350 members from over 150 UK charities. Its focus is on knowledge-sharing and it is a forum for raising questions and sharing experiences with peers.
The initiative recognised by the FT involved Russell-Cooke employing a professional support lawyer, funded by the Legal Education Foundation with additional support from Russell-Cooke, to deliver a centralised database of precedents tailored to the needs of lawyers working in-house in charities. Many in-house lawyers have a broad remit, no legally qualified colleagues and limited access to legal resources – the new resources are freely available to them.
Russell-Cooke charity partner Chris Rowse who initiated and led the project for Russell-Cooke said: "We've been enthusiastic about providing our support and resources as a large law firm to Lawyers in Charities, to give lawyers working in charities better access to the resources they need – as part of our firmwide commitment to the charity sector. We're delighted the project has been commended by the FT report and hope it will help make the work of Lawyers in Charities better known to the wider profession."
Ricardo Gomes Da Silva, Chair of Lawyers in Charities, said: "We're delighted Russell-Cooke has been ranked in the Financial Times for their work with Lawyers in Charities. Our members have been extremely appreciative of the additional support and centralised resource the firm has provided to Lawyers in Charities, which has been very beneficial to many member charities across the sector."
Reena SenGupta, CEO of RSG Consulting which conducts the research and edits the report for the FT said: "We are living in unprecedented times of political and economic uncertainty. Times in which the usual ways of conducting government, trade and business have been turned on their head. Innovation, as we all know in the legal profession, is not just about the automation of legal services or hiring legal engineers. It is also about being the best legal professional you can be, the one that is most appropriate to what society needs."
The report was published with the Financial Times on 12 September. This is Russell-Cooke's first submission to the report, and the firm was listed alongside a number of large international law firms.