Protecting the Future of a Children's Charity
1 December 2011
Mayer Brown Article
In November 2011, Mayer Brown succeeded in protecting a small charity’s occupation of its home base for the next 21 years.
Green Rivers Community Association is a UK-registered charity that provides activities for children and young people in the evening and during school holidays. The organisation is based in a deprived area of Walsall, West Midlands, and is run by local volunteers for local children.
Green Rivers was threatened with eviction by Walsall Council despite having operated from the location since the 1980s. Loss of their premises would have meant the closure of the community association. After two years of litigation, Mayer Brown achieved a successful settlement that saw the Council grant the charity a new lease of the site at a nominal rent for 21 years. This tenancy will allow Green Rivers’ valuable work to continue and it is hoped will make it possible for them to obtain grant finance to improve their accommodation and facilities.
When asked to comment on the pro bono matter Green Rivers referred to Mayer Brown’s "exceptional service, they have been so supportive." The Mayer Brown team in London comprised Real Estate Litigation head Simon Hartley and Rose Meller, an associate in the Real Estate department.