Getting creative for new national charity | 04 August 09

LAW firm Ward Hadaway has played a key role in helping to establish one of the UK’s largest creative and educational organisations.

The charities team at Ward Hadaway provided legal advice to Arts Council England on establishing Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), a new national organisation which aims to transform the lives of children and families by harnessing the potential of creative learning and cultural opportunity to enhance their aspirations, achievements and skills.

CCE delivers two flagship programmes – Creative Partnerships, the Government’s creative learning programme and Find Your Talent, the Government’s pilot cultural offer for all children and young people which aims to ensure they have access to the wide range of quality cultural experiences essential to unlocking their talent and realise their potential.

The organisation aims to stimulate national debate to look at how policy and practice can take opportunities for creativity and culture further into the daily lives of children and families.

Ward Hadaway advised the CCE team on all the legal aspects of building a charity from scratch in just six months.

Working with CCE’s chief executive and director of resources, Ward Hadaway provided expert legal help on matters including:

  •  relationships with 24 different delivery organisations across the country
  • the establishment and operations of CCE
  • transferring operations from Arts Council England into the new charity
  • a range of personnel, pensions and governance issues

Colin Hewitt, partner and head of commercial law at Ward Hadaway, led the firm’s team on the work with support from assistant solicitor Chontelle Wright and from Ward Hadaway’s employment, pensions and company commercial departments.

Colin said: “Helping to establish such an important new national charity as Creativity, Culture and Education has been a real privilege for us at Ward Hadaway and it has been really rewarding to work with our partners at Arts Council England on the project.

“Setting up a new national charity in such a relatively short time frame required a high degree of commitment and focus from all concerned, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable challenge and the team put in a terrific effort to help achieve the successful end result.

“Creativity, Culture and Education is set to carry out some very valuable work in stimulating the creativity of the nation’s children, developing their skills and raising their aspirations and achievements as well as opening their minds to the myriad of cultural activities on offer in the UK.”

Pete O’Hara, Director of Resources at CCE, commented: “The transfer of Creative Partnerships business to CCE raised a wide range of issues requiring legal support.

“The breadth of services and expertise available through Ward Hadaway was extremely helpful in this respect and they quickly developed a strong understanding of the nature and complexity of our organisation.”

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