Firm selects Alzheimer's Research UK as strategic pro bono partner

07 Jun 2017

International law firm Simmons & Simmons has selected Alzheimer’s Research UK to be one of its strategic pro bono partners.

Since December 2014 the firm has offered pro bono advice, worth a total of £46,000 to the charity, on a range of matters including brand licensing, contracts and international trademarking. The firm has also advised on major projects including Alzheimer's Research UK’s involvement in the UK Dementia Research Institute as a founding charity partner, as well as intellectual property for the development of the innovative mobile game Sea Hero Quest.

Corporate partner, Giles Dennison, has also recently been appointed as trustee to Alzheimer's Research UK. As part of the role, Giles will help guide the charity’s strategy, as well as sharing his crucial expertise in areas such as governance and compliance, drawing on more than 20 years’ corporate experience.

Giles commented, “It’s great to be part of a firm that values pro bono and continues to work tirelessly to give something back to the wider community. My position as a trustee to Alzheimer's Research UK, coupled with the firm’s pro bono strategic partnership, will allow us to continue building on our relationship with the charity and providing valuable support to a very worthy cause. We are beginning to see more awareness and a higher profile for dementia, and we must capitalise on that – there is a huge opportunity to really accelerate the fight against the condition and as a firm we are doing all we can to make this a priority”.

Alzheimer's Research UK also joined the firm’s annual TMT Sector Update in London on 18 May 2017 to demonstrate how they are using digital technology to improve understanding of dementia and power vital research. This provided a tangible and compelling example of digital health in practice, neatly complementing a presentation delivered by the firm’s life sciences team with external speaker Christophe Jauquet (InSite Consulting) on legal and regulatory challenges for tech in healthcare.

Regional Corporate Partnerships Manager at Alzheimer's Research UK, Vicky Lake, commented: “I wanted to say a big thank you to Simmons & Simmons for their support on our work, and for allowing us to join them at their event in May. We were absolutely inundated with people interested in hearing what we had to tell them about dementia and the charity’s work. We had interesting discussions with lots of people who had personal experience of dementia and those who tried our virtual reality experience; A Walk Through Dementia. Many people we spoke to downloaded Sea Hero Quest, a mobile game where people can contribute to innovative dementia research through gameplay, as we were speaking to them. In particular, we were struck by the number of Simmons & Simmons employees who expressed a sense of pride when they learned we are a pro bono client”.

Find out more about the firm’s commitment to pro bono here

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