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10 July 2019

Launching our partnership with Social Business Trust

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Social Business Trust.  Through SBT our staff will give pro bono legal assistance and deploy their professional skills to help some of Britain’s most exciting charities and social enterprises tackle major social issues including educational disadvantage, elderly isolation and workplace mental health.

SBT’s mission is to support high growth potential social enterprises to scale-up their impact. Since 2010 they have positively impacted the lives of 1.9 million people, providing £18 million worth of cash and in-kind assistance, including 35,000 hours of high-quality business support from organisations such as ours.

Christopher Page, Senior Partner said “By joining SBT and collaborating with other leading businesses we will increase our positive social impact and create high quality pro bono and volunteering opportunities for our employees. We’re delighted to be joining such a dynamic partnership and look forward to making a significant difference together.” 

Adele Blakebrough MBE, CEO and Founder of SBT said: “We are thrilled to welcome Charles Russell Speechlys into SBT. Their legal expertise and professional skillset will be of enormous value to so many of the amazing charities and social enterprises we support.”

“There’s a huge need for high quality and free support, as these social businesses get to grips with legal matters around taxation, employment, property and other business critical areas. Charles Russell Speechlys’ knowledge and skills will be in high demand!”

We will complement SBT Founding Partner Clifford Chance in providing legal assistance to organisations in SBT’s portfolio, which include The Challenge, Hertfordshire Independent Living Service and London Early Years Foundation.

Andrew Clarke, Partner, will represent Charles Russell Speechlys on SBT’s Investment Committee, joining representatives from SBT’s other corporate partners: Bain & Company, Clifford Chance, EY, Getronics, Permira, Permira Debt Managers and Thomson Reuters.

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