Linklaters named AKT’s Corporate Supporter of the Year 2012
05 March 2012
Linklaters has been named Corporate Supporter of the Year by The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) at its recent Alberts Awards. The Alberts Awards recognise the commitment of individuals and organisations in reducing homelessness for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) young people. AKT is a small UK-based charity which focuses on ensuring that LGBT young people who would otherwise be homeless or living in a hostile environment are able to live in accepting, supportive and caring homes.
The Corporate Supporter of the Year award recognises Linklaters’ partnership with AKT, which started with the launch event of the firm’s LGBT London staff network by raising funds for the charity. Since then, the firm has supported the Trust with projects such as Purple Door, which will provide the UK's first LGBT emergency safe house; work with the charity’s HR working group; the provision of facilities for board meetings; and pro bono legal advice.
Mark Middleton, a partner in Linklaters’ capital markets practice and Co-chair of Linklaters’ LGBT Network, said:
“We are really delighted that AKT have chosen to recognise our partnership with them. Our work with AKT has provided a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion, in this case to the LGBT community, by making a positive contribution to our city.”
Tim Sigsworth, Chief Executive Officer of The Albert Kennedy Trust, added:
“For many Charities it is often difficult to strike the right balance in relationships with their corporate partners. I am very proud to say that Linklaters approach has been very positive for us, focusing as they have on being responsive to our needs rather than setting the agenda for how they think we might best be supported. I am looking forward to a long and successful partnership with Linklaters; which will help AKT in our fight to end lifetimes of homelessness for young people.”
Linklaters’ work with the AKT exemplifies the firm’s support for its local community through partnering with a charity which works extensively within the London Borough of Hackney whilst promoting its commitment to diversity and inclusion.
For further information, please contact Katie Taylor on +44 20 7456 2287 or Rupert Winlaw on +44 20 7456 3219.