Keystone Law partner Geoffrey Davies has successfully advised Nick Buckley MBE on his reinstatement as chief executive at the award-winning charity Mancunian Way, after a dispute with the former trustees.

Nick Buckley, who founded the charity in 2011, was dismissed from his position as chief executive after an article he posted on LinkedIn regarding the Black Lives Matter manifesto attracted controversy, which included a Change.org petition for his removal. The trustees terminated the charity’s service level agreement within a week of the petition being launched.

Geoffrey was instructed by the Free Speech Union, the non-partisan, mass-membership public interest body, to advise Nick on his case against the former trustees. Geoffrey discovered that the trustees had failed to follow their contractual obligations in removing Nick from this position at the charity. Once these were pointed out to the trustees, it was agreed that they would step down.

Nick has now been reappointed as chief executive with a new board at Mancunian Way.

Commenting on the case, Geoffrey said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with the Free Speech Union to assist Nick Buckley on his reinstatement at the wonderful charity he founded.”

Nick Buckley said: “I would like to thank Geoffrey and the Free Speech Union for all the help and support they have given me and being in my corner.”