[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.
I advised 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.
I advised 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.
I advised 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.