Amanda is a solicitor within the charity and social enterprise department and is dual qualified to practice in both Scotland and in England and Wales. Amanda advises charities, not-for-profit organisations and businesses with a social purpose on a range of legal and commercial matters including formation and registration, international governance structures, constitutional and regulatory matters, contractual arrangements, grant funding arrangements and general charity law. Having worked in-house for an international NGO for more than two years, Amanda has experience in advising international not-for-profit organisations, particularly in relation to risk management and legal compliance. Amanda has a specific interest in international development and is in the international NGO team and the health and social care team at BWB.

Examples of Recent Work

  • Advising on the formation and registration of new charities and social enterprises
  • Acting on mergers between charities and other not-for-profit organisations
  • Advising international organisations on overseas operations and registrations
  • Advising on grant agreements and funding arrangements
  • Advising on constitutional and regulatory matters including international governance structures
  • Advising international charities on the delivery of aid in high risk areas

Qualifications and Career

  • The University of Edinburgh, LLB Bachelor of Laws (with Honours Law), 2005-2009
  • The Rijksuniversiteit University of Groningen, European and International Law (Erasmus programme), 2007-2008
  • The Robert Gordon University, Diploma in Legal Practice, 2009-2010
  • Trainee solicitor at DLA Piper, 2011-2013
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland at DLA Piper, 2013
  • Secondment to Plan International, 2013-2014
  • Risk and Legal Compliance Advisor, Plan International, 2014-2015
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite in 2015
  • Achieved dual qualification and admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales at Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2017

Pro Bono, Memberships and Appointments

  • Trustee of the Hands Up Foundation
  • Adviser at South West London Law Centre
  • Member of the Charity Law Association
  • Pro bono projects and advice to various charities