Hogan Lovells will provide the charity with voluntary, free legal advice as it seeks to replace its two existing MD902 helicopters by 2024 – a project expected to require £15 million in the next two years. The sum is expected to be raised through LAAC’ Up Against Time fundraising campaign.
The law firm has led the work on contract negotiations for the new helicopters, as well as providing legal advice regarding the project to the LAAC project board.
The firm previously provided support to LAAC in 2015, during the acquisition of its current second helicopter.
“Despite the vital role it plays saving lives in the capital, many people are unaware that London’s Air Ambulance is a charity – and relies heavily on public donations, particularly now, at a time of such economic hardship,” said Richard Goss, a Partner at Hogan Lovells who is providing support to LAAC. “It meant so much to be able to contribute to London’s Air Ambulance’s appeal through our pro bono legal support in the negotiation of the contracts relating to the acquisition and maintenance of the new helicopters and to be involved with the project board that is overseeing the appeal.”
Lucy Brooks, Head of Partnership at LAAC, added: “We can only do what we do thanks to the generosity of others. That’s why the whole team are so thankful for the continued support from Hogan Lovells, its championing of our cause, and the generous pro bono service from which we have benefited immensely.”
LAAC responded to 1,713 critically injured patients in 2021 – an average callout rate of 4.7 missions per day.