[Abbie is] "Down to earth, sensible and pragmatic"
Commentators mark her ability to tackle "highly technical work"
'[Abbie is] genuinely brilliant'
"[Abbie is] very friendly, helpful and clear"
"She brings a pragmatic and sensible approach, whilst never losing sight of fighting for clients interests."
Clients describe her as "very responsive, tolerant and always willing to explain in a way we understand."
I am a charity lawyer with a particular expertise in social enterprise.
As one of the originators of the Community Interest Company, I was seconded to the UK government to work on the legislation and drafted the model constitutions. I was, by ministerial appointment, a member of the Office of the Third Sector Advisory Board. I was chair of trustees of PayPal Giving Fund UK (which operates eBay for Charity) and a trustee of the Fawcett Society which campaigns for the rights of women. I am now a school governor. I have particular expertise in the delivery of public services, providing strategic and legal advice to public bodies on when, whether and how to use alternative delivery models. I am recommended by Legal 500 and Chambers for my work in the charity and social enterprise sector.
I head our Public Services & Mutuals and Health & Social Care sector groups.
Advising on the spin out of the children’s services departments of Richmond and Kingston councils (£115m services) to a community interest company wholly owned by the two councils. It has gone from strength to strength with the DfE recently citing it as an example of best practice.
Advising the legal team at Comic Relief and Sports Relief on a wide variety of issues as and when they arise, often at short notice. Matters include social finance, grant making and high profile fundraising initiatives.
Advising on the establishment of the Safer Tourism Foundation follow the very sad deaths of two children on a Thomas Cook holiday, Thomas Cook worked with the children’s mother and others to setup this foundation.