Linklaters named AKT’s Corporate Supporter of the Year for the second time

Linklaters has been named Corporate Supporter of the Year by The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) at its recent Alberts Awards, the second time the firm has been given the accolade. 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 in 2011. Since then, the firm has supported the Trust with projects such as:

  • The launch of a three year sponsorship of AKT's Purple Door project, comprising a room in the UK's first emergency safe house for LGBT people. The room is occupied by 50 young people per year.
  • HR support, including the facilitation of AKTs first staff survey, review of policies and providing a staff member to sit on the trust's HR Working Group
  • Hosting the AKT's 2012 Youth Conference
  • Pro bono legal support
  • Co-facilitating life skills workshops with young people.

Richard Hodgson, Banking partner, and Co-chair of Linklaters’ LGBT Network, said:

“Our relationship with AKT has gone from strength to strength. This is due in no small part to our active volunteers both across the LGBT network and around the office in London. We’re only too happy to use our resources to help vulnerable young people and hope that our ongoing relationship continues to support them.”

Tim Sigsworth, Chief Executive Officer of The Albert Kennedy Trust, added:

“In this, our 25th anniversary year, The Albert Kennedy Trust is very proud to recognise the longstanding support and successful partnership with Linklaters by making them the 'Corporate Partner of the Year’ at our annual awards ceremony, The Alberts.  From pro bono legal and HR support, which has enabled our transformation into a national youth homelessness charity,  through to sponsorship of our 'Purple Door' project – the UK’s first emergency housing project for LGBT youth, Linklaters has been a major catalyst in our groundbreaking and creative work to support LGBT youth facing homelessness, rejection and abuse. Linklaters is the only organisation to receive the Corporate Partner award, twice reflecting their significant contribution to ending youth homelessness.  To find out how you can support our work contact adrian@akt.org.uk