Law firm CMS steps up to become major sponsor of the Hallé

David Butcher

International law firm CMS has become a major sponsor of the Manchester Hallé

CMS has been a Hallé partner since 2018, having opened an operation in Manchester in 2014.

It currently has around 90 people providing a wide range of corporate, real estate, disputes, construction and banking & finance advice to local, national and international clients.

Previously known as Nabarro, the firm changed its name after a high profile merger with CMS Cameron McKenna and Olswang in 2017.

The increase of support from CMS is testament to the strength of the partnership between the two organisations, said the Hallé.

The support will span the range of the Hallé’s artistic output, with a particular focus on supporting its commitment to commissioning new music, as well as its performances in Manchester and across the North of England.

Rachel Cooper, partner at CMS, said: “The Hallé is quite simply unique – it is a world class orchestra with deep roots in Manchester, and one with a truly global reputation.

“The Hallé represents everything that is great about Manchester – excellence, innovation, resilience and outward looking, yet proud of its local connections.

“We are genuinely proud of our growing association with such a world class organisation.”

David Butcher, Hallé chief executive, said: “There is no doubt that this last year has tested the arts beyond what we could have imagined.

“The Hallé is indebted to its family of partners and patrons for remaining so loyal to us during this challenging time, and ensuring we are able to begin performing again for live audiences as restrictions allow.

“It is particularly significant and inspiring for us that CMS should make the commitment now to increase their support. On behalf of us all at the Hallé, and our audiences who have missed performance so much this year, I would like to thank CMS.

“We are very much looking forward to developing our partnership over the coming years.”