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Hogan Lovells Advocacy Partnership Shortlisted for Business Charity Awards in First Year

05 April 2012

LONDON, 5 April 2012 - An advocacy service partnership between Hogan Lovells and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has been shortlisted for a Business Charity Award in its first year, after helping to secure £300,000 in care and support for people affected by muscle-wasting conditions.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s advocacy service was launched in 2011 in response to a sharp increase in approaches to the charity by people with muscular dystrophy and related conditions denied appropriate care, support or equipment by local authorities and health services.

Hogan Lovells provides the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s advocacy team with pro bono client care and legal representation and bespoke legal training sessions, and has contributed to the development of a Self-Advocacy Pack. In total Hogan Lovells has provided £50,000 worth of pro-bono assistance, administered by a team of 27 legal and 16 administrative volunteers, handling over 100 cases with the advocacy team.

The winners of the Business Charity Awards Single Project category, in which the advocacy programme has been shortlisted, will be announced on 15 May 2012.

Yasmin Waljee, Hogan Lovells' International Pro Bono Manager, said:

“We are proud that our partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has achieved such tangible results, and has benefited vulnerable people that would have struggled to obtain legal representation.”

Nic Bungay, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s Director of Campaigns, said:

“We have seen a 400 per cent increase in approaches from families battling local authorities and health services for care in the last two years. Establishing a structured service with the help of Hogan Lovells has helped us to turn the tide for many people facing unjust or illegal treatment at the hands of those with a responsibility to support them. We are hugely grateful for the firm’s support and for such a substantial and visible commitment to this project. We hope this short-listing for the Charity Business Awards will see Hogan Lovells team receive the recognition they deserve.”


About Muscular Dystrophy

More than 70,000 children and adults in the UK have muscular dystrophy or a related condition. A further 350,000 people are affected indirectly as family, friends or carers.

Muscle diseases cause muscles to waste and weaken making it increasingly hard for those affected to do even the simplest of tasks. The conditions don’t just affect the muscles in the arms and legs but the heart and respiratory muscles too. There are no cures and many affected children don’t live to reach adulthood.

About the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

The work of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has five main focuses:

  • funding world-class research to find effective treatments and cures
  • providing practical information, advice and emotional support for individuals with muscle and nerve disease, their carers and families
  • campaigning to bring about change and raise awareness of muscle and nerve disease
  • awarding grants towards the cost of specialist equipment, such as powered wheelchairs
  • providing specialist education and development for health professionals.

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