Russell-Cooke recently assisted  flip flop brand Gandys in setting up a business and a charity. The collaborative team at Russell-Cooke comprising of specialists from charity, commercial property, and corporate commercial teams all worked together securing premises, working on brand and design protection strategies and setting up the new charitable foundation - Gandys Foundation.

Roger Ford, Partner and Head of the Commercial Property team in Kingston, acted for Gandys in securing new premises for the business, whilst Guy Wilmot, Partner, in the Corporate Commercial team assisted with commercial agreements and intellectual property matters, in particular international brand and design protection strategy. This involved applying for trade marks in territories in Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Americas and managing the trade mark portfolio of the business.

Andrew Studd, Partner, in the Charity team advised Gandys in setting up the new charity, the Gandys Foundation. This involved advising on all aspects of the charity registration, including incorporation, the Charity Commission application and funding arrangements. The Gandys Foundation aims to use funds generated from the sale of the flip flops to build a children's home in India to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the tsunami in the region.

Gandys Flip Flops and the Gandys Foundation, which helps children in developing countries, were set up by Rob and Paul Forkan, who lost their parents in the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka. With substantial investment from Dominc List, a successful IT entrepreneur and long standing client of Russell-Cooke; the brand Gandys is now a 20-strong team with sales of over 400,000 forecast for 2014.

For further information please visit the Gandys' website - http://www.gandysflipflops.com/