Real Estate specialists provide Emmaus Potteries with pro bono advice

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17/10/2017

Specialist Real Estate lawyers at Walker Morris have provided free legal advice, as part of Walker Morris’ ongoing pro bono programme, to Emmaus, a charity that supports people who have experienced homelessness. Walker Morris assisted Emmaus Potteries with the real estate aspects of its acquisition of the assets of Furniture Mine, a recycling charity based in Staffordshire, with assets that included the charity’s main warehouse store in Stoke-on-Trent.

Emmaus is a charity that aims to provide a home and meaningful employment to people, who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion, in a community setting. There are currently 29 Emmaus communities across the UK offering a long-term, sustainable route out of homelessness to more than 750 formerly homeless people.

An Emmaus community is run by companions (as the residents are known) who work full time in the communities recycling business, collecting, renovating and reselling donated furniture and helping families set up home through low cost or free second hand donated items. This work supports the community financially and enables companions to help to rebuild their lives and develop skills.

Adam Reed led the Walker Morris Real Estate Team supporting Emmaus Potteries, working alongside Fried Frank who handled the corporate aspect of the deal.

Roger Speare from Emmaus commented:

“We just wanted to say thank you very much for all the work Walker Morris has done on our project over the past months. For a fledgling charity this deal was always going to be a challenge and having the Walker Morris Team supporting us has been essential. We are most grateful to have been the recipients of the Team’s expertise and generosity.”

Adam Reed added:

“We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to be able to work closely with Emmaus. Being a charitable organisation that aims to help so many people it is important that we are able to offer free legal advice where it is needed most. Through our pro bono programme we were able to support Emmaus Potteries on its acquisition which will help to make a real difference and deliver its services to the wider community.”

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