Legal firm Gillespie Macandrew has entered into an agreement to become a "legacy partner" with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS).

Under the exclusive agreement, initially for a two year period, Gillespie Macandrew will work with RZSS to deliver a focused legacy campaign to encourage philanthropic giving across Scotland. The partnership will help the charity, which operates Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park, to raise funds for priority wildlife conservation projects in 20 countries.

The two organisations will carry out a series of activities and events which will seek to promote legacy giving, focusing on communicating to audiences the significant impact gifts in wills can have on the third sector, as well as highlighting the benefits of charitable giving for people when making their will.

Associate Lianne Lodge commented: “Gillespie Macandrew is proud to have our name associated with such a well known and loved institution in Edinburgh and beyond. We have a thriving charity practice and have assisted charities in the past with legacy strategies; however this is the first exclusive agreement that we have entered into and are sure that it will be beneficial for both us and RZSS."

Barbara Smith, interim CEO at RZSS, added: "As an independent Scottish charity, we receive no Government funding. Vital donations – such as those we receive through wills – will help us continue to protect species around the world, from the critically endangered Scottish wildcat to the vulnerable chimpanzees of Uganda."