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Posted 3 May 2018
byJames Evans

Plymouth-based science charities join forces with the help of Tozers LLP

Leading South-West law firm, Tozers LLP has helped complete a merger between two international marine science charities, the Marine Biological Association (MBA) and the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey (CPR Survey).

The CPR Survey has now become part of the MBA and the merger is expected to bring a number of significant benefits to UK environmental science.

The MBA is dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life it supports. Established in 1884, it is one of the world’s longest running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. In 2013, the MBA was awarded a Royal Charter in recognition for its renowned status within the field of marine biology – its leading marine biological research laboratory in Plymouth has seen seven Nobel prize winning scientists carrying out their research.

CPR Survey, formerly SAHFOS (Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science) was formed in 1931, and undertakes global surveys that measure the ecological health of the ocean using marine plankton. The Survey is involved in numerous international projects that address major marine management issues such as fisheries, biodiversity, pollution and climate change. Internationally recognised for the quality of its science, the Survey has also provided primary evidence in global ocean biography for the UN’s first World Ocean Assessment.

Tozers provided legal support to both charities on a joint basis throughout the merger process, advising on all legal aspects including the corporate transactional, governance, employment and property aspects. James Evans, Partner and Head of Charities & Social Enterprise, led the team with assistance from partners Richard King and Stephen Jennings.

This is the latest in a series of charity mergers and other collaborations Tozers’ specialist charities team have supported on in recent months and reflects a growing trend we are seeing towards consolidation and collaboration in the charity sector as a means of increasing effectiveness and creating more charitable impact.

James comments “It has been a pleasure to work with both CPR Survey and MBA on this important strategic transaction. Both charities hold similar values and by pooling their resources, it will reinforce the MBA’s position as an international leader in marine biology whilst cementing a strong future in marine scientific research and ultimately helping the health of our oceans.”

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James Evans

Partner and Solicitor

Partner and solicitor. Head of Charities and Social Enterprise