Geldards has played a key role in an acclaimed commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.
More than 800,000 ceramic poppies have been ‘planted’ at The Tower of London and lawyers at Geldards helped turn the vision of Derby-based artist Paul Cummins into a reality.
The Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibition includes 888,246 handmade ceramic poppies, one for each British and colonial death during the conflict.
The poppies, which were available to purchase through the official ‘Tower of London Remembers’ website http://poppies.hrp.org.uk/, have now all been sold, raising millions of pounds for six service charities: The Royal British Legion, Help for Heroes, Cobseo, Combat Stress, Coming Home and SSAFA.
Lawyers from across the firm at Geldards have been involved in assisting Paul Cummins Ceramics, with support needed in a wide range of areas including commercial contracts, employment and the acquisition of more space for Paul’s ever-expanding team, based on Pride Park in Derby.
Sarah Hooker, a Senior Associate in the firm’s Commercial team, explained: “A number of the firm’s specialist legal teams have been working closely with Paul Cummins over the past few months, and we’re delighted to have been able to help and support this ambitious and inspiring installation.”
Specialists from Geldards worked together with Paul’s accountants, Mazars, and legal firm Howes Percival LLP, who have advised the Community Interest Company set up to deal with the sales of poppies to the public.
Paul himself has praised the contribution of the professional team working on the financial and legal aspects of the project. “Geldards, Mazars and Howes Percival have provided wide-ranging expert support to this project which has culminated in a successful launch supported by the British Royal Family and reported on by media all over the world.
“There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work to do on a project of this scale, and the teams were on call finalising preparations even in the early hours of the morning of the official launch on the 5th of August. I would like to thank all of the individuals and companies involved for their contribution in helping this remarkable project come together.”
Over the last three years Paul has been commissioned to create large-scale installations for Chatsworth House, Royal Derby Hospital, Althorp Estate, Blenheim Palace and the Conran Shop.
“Exciting plans are afoot for his next two projects, and Geldards will continue to assist him behind the scenes,” Sarah added.