The charity and social business team advised the Postal Heritage Trust on its development of The Postal Museum.

Russell-Cooke’s charity and social business team helped to establish the Trust in 2004 and have assisted its trustees and management team on many issues and developments since then.

The breadth of Russell-Cooke’s practice meant we were able to advise and support the Postal Heritage Trust on all of its legal requirements, providing it with specialist charity, commercial and property law advice, as well as construction and planning law expertise.

The charity and social business team began advising on the project to build The Postal Museum in 2011 on a range of matters including funding agreements with Royal Mail Group plc, Post Office Limited, and the Heritage Lottery Fund (who have all part-funded the project). The funding agreements involved a complex mix of grants, long and short term loans, sponsorship, and long-term archive services agreements.

Charity property members of the team handled the negotiations of the lease of the museum site and a somewhat novel lease of the underground tunnels for Mail Rail. Their work was complemented by Russell-Cooke’s planning team who negotiated a section 106 agreement (a private agreement between the developer and the local authority regarding planning obligations). Russell-Cooke also advised on the construction contracts, on establishing a trading entity and its relationships with the charity, and on the contract to build the unique underground train.