Case Spotlight

Partnering With RE:ACT Disaster Response to Support Ukraine

Sidley’s London office launched a photography exhibition in support of RE:ACT, a disaster response charity operating in the UK and internationally. The exhibition, which was held from October 3 to November 4, 2022, featured powerful photographs taken by leading photojournalists covering the humanitarian crisis during the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.

RE:ACT Disaster Response

RE:ACT worked alongside local charity partners to ensure more than 14,000 food packs — each of which can feed a family of four for a week — reach those most in need in eastern Ukraine.

Sidley has worked with RE:ACT on a pro bono basis since April 2020, providing financial, governance, and volunteer support to aid RE:ACT in assisting those most vulnerable during times of crisis, both at home and overseas. Sidley’s Disputes and Real Estate teams have continually provided pro bono legal advice at critical junctures throughout this period. Additionally, financial support has been directly provided around key humanitarian disasters, including the recent fall of Kabul to the Taliban.

Thomas Thesing, managing partner of Sidley’s London office, said: “Images can capture a thousand words and give voices to those who have been silenced throughout the conflict. We are all devastated by the ongoing war in Ukraine and the consequent refugee and geopolitical crisis it has sparked. Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine, and we believe it is vital that members of the community support the innocent and vulnerable individuals impacted by the war.”

“This exhibition showcases some of the most striking images captured throughout the conflict and brings them to a new audience. RE:ACT has been a close partner of Sidley’s and we are delighted to support its humanitarian work. We look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.”

“Sidley has provided us with outstanding guidance and support. Our relationship has been hugely successful and continues to be extremely important. We are delighted to be involved and to benefit from this exhibition of stunning and particularly moving images. RE:ACT’s work in Ukraine has brought the crisis there into sharp focus, and these photographs remind us of the extraordinary suffering and resilience of all those directly involved.”
— Toby Wicks, Chief Executive, RE:ACT