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03 December 2018

Charles Russell Speechlys awarded INTA Volunteer Service Award for Pro Bono Services Provided by Organisations

We are delighted that our IP team has been announced as a winner of the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) prestigious 2018 Volunteer Service Awards. The Award was presented during the annual award ceremony at INTA’s 2018 Leadership Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana in November.

INTA presents the award annually to organisations that have demonstrated a significant commitment to developing or expanding programmes for providing trademark and related intellectual property (IP) pro bono legal services during the year.

Charles Russell Speechlys has a long history of providing Pro Bono legal advice and has a programme with a wide range of opportunities to engage in many different ways, as well as allowing for individual contributions. Legal staff give their free time to provide advice at one of the legal advice services we support on a regular basis, including the Bethnal Green and Surrey Law Centres and the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau. Advice is on a wide range of topics affecting the local community, from benefits and housing, to employment and education. The Firm believes that our lawyers have a responsibility to become involved in pro bono work, no matter what stage of their career, as it will make them better lawyers. Achieving this award shows that our lawyers have gone beyond their duties to aid clients in need through meaningful work that benefits the business and legal communities that are invested in trademark and other related IP issues.

In accepting the award on behalf of the firm, Kate O’Rourke, MBE Senior Counsel at Charles Russell Speechlys and Vice Chair of INTA’s Pro Bono Committee, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by INTA for the pro bono work that our lawyers do on a regular basis. Receiving this award will inspire many more lawyers to take on pro bono cases and endorses the firm’s long history of providing pro bono legal advice on a wide range of topics, affecting the local community and wider society.  We also very much support the INTA initiatives in developing the pro bono services provided by members, and look forward to working closely with INTA on those in the future.”