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Our COVID-19 pro bono response

27/08/2020

Locations

China, United Kingdom, United States

Addressing the fallout of coronavirus in our communities, Fieldfisher lawyers have been working pro bono to protect the rights of high-risk groups and support civil society organisations at the frontline.

Ensuring access to critical care

Working with disability rights organisations across the UK, Fieldfisher's Head of Pro Bono Catriona Filmer lobbied the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and liaised with NHS England to implement policies and develop guidance to ensure that disabled people would receive timely critical care if they contracted COVID-19.

Securing government funds to fight hunger

With Regulatory Partner Andy Hood as a trustee of FareShare, the UK's largest food redistribution charity, we were well-placed to advise on a Defra bid to secure a multimillion pound government grant, providing food for those struggling as a result of the lockdown. Associate Scott Baxter provided comprehensive advice within hours to meet Defra's tight timeline.

Getting PPE to frontline staff

In conjunction with China Managing Partner Zhaofeng Zhou, Fieldfisher Senior Partner David Wilkinson helped his client, Nav Kumar and a group of doctors to bring in vital PPE for the NHS from China. The Masks for NHS Heroes campaign has raised over £2.2m with the backing of actor James McAvoy.

Separately, Associate Alexander de Gaye has advised 3DCrowd on the various data and privacy issues arising from 3D printing over 200,000 face shields for NHS and care home workers.

Protecting charity resources

Business interruption insurance is at the forefront for many clients, including charities who are facing significant losses with the closure of their high street shops. Dispute Resolution Partner Simon Sloane and Associate Emily Wyse Jackson have provided pro bono support to a number of charities looking to mitigate their losses through their insurance providers so that they don’t have to compromise their vital relief work.

Not forgetting small businesses and social enterprises, Employment Director David Lorimer has provided urgent advice to ensure that a community interest company can stay afloat while looking out for the well-being of their staff.

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