Russell-Cooke’s charity and social business team led by partner Andrew Studd advised Action for Blind People on its merger with Royal National Institute of Blind People, RNIB.

The merger is the culmination of eight or nine years of close collaboration between the two charities. In 2008/9 Andrew Studd advised Action for Blind People on its association agreement with RNIB which involved RNIB becoming a corporate member of Action for Blind People and having certain rights at a governance level.  The Trustees retained voting rights to protect the independence of Action.  The association agreement set out the basis for their onward collaboration and closer co-operation in the interests of their blind and partially sighted beneficiaries.  In 2013 Action and RNIB renewed their collaboration with Action for Blind People becoming the service delivery arm of the RNIB Group.  This involved the transfer of services from RNIB, in particular services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to Action. 

In April 2017 the parties completed negotiations to fully integrate their operations within RNIB.

In preparation for the merger the team’s property experts including James McCallum and Clare Garbett advised on the sale of the Lauriston Hotel in Weston-Super-Mare to a third party.

Russell-Cooke’s team also advised on Action’s merger with the Blind Society of North Tyneside and Staffordshire Blind as well as an association arrangement with Bucks Vision.