Charity work earns specialist law firm director top accolade at Downing Street reception

November 12, 2015

Christine Bunting, director at specialist law firm Hyphen, which has a base in Bristol, has received one of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Points of Light awards, which recognise outstanding volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

Christine gained the accolade through her work with Cerebra, a unique national charity for families that include children with neurological-related conditions. She was presented with the award as a guest at a 10 Downing Street reception hosted by Samantha Cameron to celebrate the work of Cerebra, pictured.

The prestigious event marked the launch of the newly formed London Minds division of Cerebra. Co-chaired by Christine, it has been formed to raise awareness of the charity’s work, helping improve the lives of children and young people with neurological conditions through research, education and directly supporting children and their families and carers, in the capital.

David Cameron said: “Christine has shown great initiative in helping a fantastic charity to raise awareness and funding for its work in London. Cerebra is a lifeline for many children and young people with neurological conditions and their families.

“By inspiring others to give their time and money, Christine has helped Cerebra to support even more young people, and she thoroughly deserves to be recognised as a Point of Light.”

Christine first came into contact with Cerebra through her work helping people with mental impairment issues at Hyphen Law, an associate company of regional law firm Thrings which specialises in Court of Protection work.

As the co-chair of London Minds’ committee she has been instrumental in getting the organisation off the ground and uniting six other London-based professionals committed to raising awareness and support for the charity.

She has already reached hundreds of people and raised important funds for Cerebra in her first year of supporting the charity by speaking at exhibitions and events throughout the country.

Her role will increasingly be to help raise the profile of the charity even further within London and to promote fundraising on its behalf.

Christine said: “I am extremely humbled yet incredibly proud to accept this significant award on behalf of Cerebra and its dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

“I am by no means the only person helping to get Cerebra’s London Minds group up and running and to raise awareness in the capital. I am part of a great team of people who are working hard to get the word out that Cerebra is there to provide help and support to children and their families whose lives have been affected by neurological conditions and to give them the opportunity to have a happier, more fulfilled and enjoyable life together.”

Christine also raised more than £3,500 for Cerebra this summer by taking part in a skydive and her colleagues at Hyphen Law are also proactively raising awareness and funds to support its work.

Christine has 25 years’ experience of dealing with the Court of Protection and specialises in the management of high-value personal injury awards arising from complex catastrophic injury and clinical negligence cases.

She acts as deputy for the property and affairs of many clients and is regarded as a specialist in her field.  She works closely with litigation lawyers during the conduct of litigation both as a deputy and general advisor in relation to deputyship matters.

She also gives written and oral evidence to the High Court in relation to Deputyship matters and costs. She is a member of the Court of Protection User Group and regularly writes and lectures on deputyship matters.

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