Experience

I have been a member of Bates Wells’ Charity and Social Enterprise team since 2000, and was a partner with the firm before moving to a role combining client work with more general professional support.

I have particular experience of constitutional issues, charity secretarial practice and charity legacies. I edit Bates Wells’ regular charity and social enterprise newsletter, and have contributed to a number of charity law publications. I am a regular speaker on charity and social enterprise issues. I work from our London offices and from Yorkshire.

Highlights

  • Bates Wells Charity and Social Enterprise Update

    I organise and edit this detailed newsletter which is sent to our clients three times a year. It includes articles on live issues for our sector – from Charity Commission updates to areas such as fundraising, procurement and immigration.

  • Charities Acts Handbook: a Practical Guide

    I’m general editor of this book, which has expert commentary and analysis of charity legislation and its practical implications for charities. I’ve also contributed to other publications – I’m co-author of Charities, Trading and the Law and I’ve commented on the new edition of DSC’s book on Charitable Incorporated Organisations, looking closely at the new rules on charitable companies converting to CIOs.

  • Charity Commission regulation

    I’ve helped advise clients facing Charity Commission inquiries and regulatory action.

  • I’ve given presentations for NCVO, ICAEW and ACIE on current developments in charity law.
  • I’ve written guidance notes and legal documents for our online tool, Get Legal.
  • Transparency: I’m working with other members of our team commenting on the proposals for registration of all charitable trusts under the Fifth Money Laundering Directive.

Qualifications and career

  • Cambridge University, BA Law, 1989
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 1993
  • Specialised in private client work with Macfarlanes, London and Walkers, Grand Cayman 1993
  • Deputy director of the human rights charity the Kurdish Human Rights Project, 1998
  • Joined Bates Wells in 2000

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Pro bono advice to Yorkshire-based charities on constitutional issues
  • Member of the Charity Law Association