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Eversheds Sutherland advises Centre for Ecology & Hydrology on its independence from UKRI

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    Eversheds Sutherland has advised the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology – a centre for excellence in environmental science across water, land and air – on its transition to independence from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

    Now renamed the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), it became a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee with charitable status on 1st December.

    The organisation has a long history of investigating, monitoring and modelling environmental change, generating evidence-driven solutions to complex environmental challenges. It generates the data and understanding that researchers, businesses and governments need to create a productive, resilient and healthy environment.

    The Eversheds Sutherland team was led by corporate education Partner Glynne Stanfield with significant support from Legal Director Stephen O’Reilly (charities) and Principal Associate Morag Roddick (corporate education).

    The project has taken two years to complete and included the transfer of physical infrastructure, IP rights and staff to the newly set up charity.

    Glynne Stanfield said:

    “We are incredibly pleased to have advised and supported UKCEH on such a fascinating and innovative project, which comprised so many different and complex aspects.

    “The organisation’s new independent governance structure will enable it to become more agile and financially resilient. It will now have more freedom and flexibility to work with a greater range of external partners and funders, both in the UK and internationally, in order to diversify its income and increase the impact of its science.

    “It is therefore particularly rewarding to have been part of the next step in the evolution of this world-class research institute; its focus on environmental matters could also not be more topical.”

    Professor Mark Bailey, Executive Director of the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, said:

    “We are delighted that our transition to independence is now successfully completed. The Eversheds Sutherland team provided invaluable support and high-quality advice throughout.

    “As we move forward with continued support from UKRI and NERC, we will remain at the forefront of world-leading research and addressing complex global environmental issues.”

    Led by Glynne Stanfield, Eversheds Sutherland also acted recently on a similar project for the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) as it also became independent from UKRI and NERC, and on the spinouts and creation of the Francis Crick, Alan Turing and Dementia Research institutes.


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