Geldards Pro Bono support helps Derby Museums Trust

Pro Bono Week (6th– 10th November 2023) celebrates the voluntary contributions of the many legal professionals who provide free legal ‘pro bono’ advice to individuals and charities, supporting those most in need and ensuring the most disadvantaged people in society get access to justice.

During Pro Bono Week Geldards is shining a light on some of the ways local charitable causes have benefited from pro bono advice.

Derby Museums Trust is an independent charitable trust operating three museums (the Museum and Art Gallery, Museum of Making and Pickford’s House) responsible for displaying and caring for some extremely unique cultural assets.

Widely regarded as the site of the world’s first modern factory and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Derby Silk Mill in the Derwent Valley recently opened as the UK’s first Museum of Making following a £18 million investment. Boasting some rare cultural artefacts Derby Museums holds a collection of works by Joseph Wright of Derby, the 18th century artist of the Enlightenment, which is ‘Designated’ by the Arts Council England as a collection of national significance.

Geldards Partners Paul Hilsdon and Clare Hardy from the Public Sector England team are both trustees of Derby Museums and regularly provide Pro Bono legal support for the Trust. Over the past year alone they have provided over 50 hours of advice to Derby Museums Trust, attending trustee meetings and providing specific legal advice regarding public procurement and property matters. Their support helps the charity to safeguard the future of Derby’s heritage for everyone to enjoy.

Last year Geldards lawyers provided over 250 hours of pro bono advice equating to an impressive £75,000 worth of free legal advice. To celebrate Pro Bono week Geldards has relaunched its Pro Bono policy to reaffirm its commitment to supporting local communities and enhancing social value.

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