CCLC chosen as Baker McKenzie Charity of the Year in two-year partnership

Published: Wednesday 11th August 2021

Coram Children's Legal Centre (CCLC) has been chosen as one of the two Baker McKenzie London office's Charity of the Year charities, in a two-year partnership that will see the law firm support CCLC’s work through a range of collaborative fundraising, volunteering and pro-bono activity.

Baker McKenzie is one of the world's largest law firms, with 77 offices in 46 countries, and over 6,000 lawyers.  Its lawyers have been involved in CCLC's Kids in Need of Defense UK (KIND UK) project for the last two years, leading to CCLC’s nomination and success in its subsequent staff vote to choose the firm’s Charity of the Year.

It is estimated that in the UK there are over 330,000 undocumented children and young people, some 100,000 children in care and around 14% of children with special educational needs and CCLC is at the forefront of providing many of these children and families with the legal support they need to achieve their rights.

Rosalyn Aker Grams, Head of Legal Practice, Coram Children’s Legal Centre (CCLC), said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as as Baker McKenzie’s London office small charity of the year.  This has come at an important juncture for CCLC as we prepare to celebrate our 40th anniversary later on this year. We look forward to working closely with Baker McKenzie, building on our existing strong relationship forged through the Kids in Need of Defence UK project.  This partnership will enable us to support even more children and families, as well as promote children’s rights more widely.”

Stas Kuzmierkiewicz, Senior Pro Bono Associate, Baker McKenzie, said: “I have worked with Coram Children’s Legal Centre for the last two years, on the Children’s Nationality Project, as part of Baker McKenzie’s Pro Bono Practice. The work done by CCLC and the outcomes they have achieved for children in need of legal advice are nothing short of phenomenal, and I am extremely proud that Baker McKenzie will now be supporting CCLC financially, as well as through our ongoing pro bono collaboration.”