Companies agreeing to pledge free property advice will be asked to specify the number of days they will give, the property skills they can offer and where in the country they are available.
Each company will nominate a named person to work with LandAid and be our key point of contact, responding to and managing requests for free property advice and collating records of the time spent and equivalent charge out rate.
LandAid will source a range of projects that would benefit from free professional property advice. These will be from charity partners we already fund, charities applying for grant funding or through charities that approach LandAid that work in the UK.
LandAid will work with charities to define an initial request for property advice to ensure that a prospective piece of property advice is clear, specific and manageable. LandAid aim to match the requests we receive with the companies offering their property skills for free, subject to capacity and expertise. We do not guarantee to meet a request or a specific deadline for advice.
LandAid will approach the pro bono coordinator with requests where their company skills match those of the request for property advice and are also willing to work where the charity is based (if needed). The pro bono coordinator will let LandAid know if they have the resource to meet it.
The provider and recipient will agree a clear scope for the property advice (with outputs and estimated timescales) to ensure that expectations are managed for both parties.
We ask that providers of free property advice manage the work as if for a fee paying client, ensuring the appropriate insurance is in place, standard documents are used and keeping a record of the time spent and the rate at which they would normally charge. These figures will be provided to LandAid in order to assist with impact reporting.
LandAid will be a point of contact throughout the work, should there be any difficulties, but the charity will be the provider’s client and communication will be directly between them.
Both providers and receivers of free property advice are asked to agree and sign LandAid's Code of Conduct to ensure that best practice and the best outcomes are achieved for both parties.
Both providers and charities will be expected to report back to LandAid on the impact and success of the work and we will write up examples of best practice on our website