Bates Wells Braithwaite advises RNIB on charity reorganisation

Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) has advised the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) as part of a three-way arrangement resulting in the reorganisation with its associate charity, Action for Blind People. BWB had previously advised RNIB on its association with Action for Blind People.

Philip Kirkpatrick and Victoria Schneider set up a charity subsidiary, RNIB Charity, and then acted for it together with property partners Tony Cartmell and Mark Traynor on the transfer of functions from RNIB and Action for Blind People.

The reorganisation will see a strategic charity provide central resource services. The subsidiary charities will focus on campaigning on a range of issues alongside blind and partially sighted people, supporting people through a range of products and services, offering training, education and learning, providing employment and education services, promoting accessible services and delivering expert care and education to children, young people and adults with sight loss and other complex needs.

The charities have opted for a highly collaborative model whereby the activities across the group of charities are rationalised, with the strategic charity providing overall group services.