Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie is providing pro bono support to FutureDotNow relating to the launch of a new initiative, DevicesDotNow, which aims to deliver communication devices to the millions of households in the UK in isolation that have no internet access and who are therefore currently digitally excluded.
DevicesDotNow is a newly launched government-backed project to get devices such laptops, tablets and smartphones, as well as connectivity in the form of sims, dongles and mobile hotspots, from businesses to the most vulnerable in the UK, who are currently cut off from society due to the fact they do not have access to the internet. Not only will this initiative enable those people to connect with friends and family, which is so important at this time, but it will also help the overall UK COVID-19 response by providing people with access to vital services such as health, food or banking and therefore enabling them to stay at home and limit the spread of the virus.
A team of Baker McKenzie lawyers including London associate Catherine Woods and partners Ben Allgrove, Kate Corby and Sue McLean is providing pro bono legal advice on the general commercial legal aspects of the development and launch of the project.
Commenting on the initiative, Catherine said: "We are delighted to be supporting FutureDotNow with this campaign. It is so important, now more than ever, that everyone is able to connect with their loved ones and be empowered to stay at home. This is why this initiative is so great, and we are proud to support it."
Liz Williams MBE, CEO of FutureDotNow, added: "The DevicesDotNow campaign has been stood up rapidly with pro-bono support from across the FutureDotNow coalition. Baker McKenzie quickly mobilized to provide the essential legal support to underpin our work and help ensure vulnerable people across the UK are able to shield and keep themselves safe."
DevicesDotNow has a bold ambition to get digital devices and support to thousands of the most vulnerable people across the UK. If your organization can help with funding or the provision of devices and connectivity, you can find out more at www.devicesdotnow.uk.
Baker McKenzie also recently advised a non-profit consortium of doctors and scientists in the launch of COVID-19 tracking App, The How We Feel Project