A new  partnership is announced today between leading law firm Charles Russell Speechlys and Social Business Trust (SBT).

Through SBT, Charles Russell Speechlys 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.

Christopher Page, Charles Russell Speechlys Senior Partner, (pictured with SBT CEO Adele Blakebrough) 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, SBT CEO 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!”

Charles Russell Speechlys 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.

Charles Russell Speechlys is headquartered in London and combines specialist business law with private client advice internationally.