A team of Russell-Cooke’s French, charity and construction law specialists has advised The Normandy Memorial Trust on a project to construct a British memorial in Normandy commemorating the 21,000 members of the armed forced killed during the D-Day invasion.

Today on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings Theresa May and Emmanual Macron, accompanied by Prince Charles who is Royal Patron of the Normandy Memorial Trust, are to attend the inauguration of the British Normandy Memorial in Ver-sur-Mer, overlooking Gold Beach.

The Normandy Memorial Trust is a charity that was funded with LIBOR fines levied on the banks and public donations. Russell-Cooke’s charity specialists, led by Chris Rowse, have been providing governance and other support to the Trust over the last few years.

A team of construction lawyers advised the Trust on the impact of the EU procurement regime, construction law and procurement strategy generally in connection with the memorial project including the appointment of Liam O’Connor as architect and Eiffage as main contractor. The team has also provided extensive advice on supply and sub-contract arrangements.

Construction partner Peter Kitson says: “It has been an honour to be involved in the preparations for this historic and prestigious commemoration and to assist the Patron and project team, who are all deeply committed to the project.

From a legal perspective it has been particularly challenging because of its high profile and very challenging timetable. One aspect in particular was that construction works had to be suspended, and the site made safe, in order for the event to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day to take place today. It has been a hugely rewarding project to work on.”

The Trust has launched a fundraising campaign to assist with completing the project. Information on how to donate can be found on their website.