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TLT and Barclays support forces employment charity with pro-bono advice

TLT, in collaboration with Barclays, is providing pro-bono advice to RFEA, The Forces Employment Charity, by reviewing approximately 32 contracts and providing a suite of template agreements for future use.

RFEA provide life-long employability and employment support to UK veterans. A team of TLT lawyers led by partner Tim Waller and solicitor Charlotte Potter and members of Barclays’ legal team are working together to support the charity to identify current risks in the charity’s contracts with donors. The team will also provide RFEA with a set of robust standard terms they can use going forward, allowing them to bring in vital funding while eliminating a lot of the risk.

Ian Rand, Barclays Business Bank CEO, is a trustee for RFEA and connected the charity to Barclays’ legal team, who are collaborating with TLT on the work.

Deborah Sheldon, partner and pro-bono champion at TLT, said:

“We’re pleased to be supporting this vital organisation that provides much-needed support to veterans.

In our effort to expand our pro-bono initiatives we are always looking to collaborate with others, and our discussions with Barclays led to us being introduced to this incredible organisation.

Our team take a lot of pride in this work and we look forward to completing the project and setting up RFEA with a better future.”

Alistair Halliday, Chief Executive at RFEA, said:

“We are all hugely grateful for the wonderful support that TLT and Barclays have given us at RFEA.

We rely on a host of different funders, grants and donors to help fund our programmes to support service leavers and veterans into employment, and the contract terms all vary quite considerably. So this support provides us with vital help and advice to ensure that we can manage them most effectively.  

RFEA is the leading Employment Charity and provides support for nearly 20,000 veterans each year, with most of our funding going on delivery and as a charity we do not hold large sums to fund any legal support. This high quality, pro-bono work really is game changing for us and will make a direct and significant contribution to improve our support to veterans in need.”

To find out more about the work of RFEA, visit their website.

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