I work with charities, not-for-profit organisations and businesses with a social purpose on various legal and commercial matters including international governance structures, incorporations, mergers, registrations, spin-outs, contracts, grants, constitutional matters and general charity law.
I’m particularly interested in international development and working with international organisations. I worked in-house for an international NGO for more than two years before joining Bates Wells. So I have valuable experience in this area, especially in relation to risk management and legal compliance. I’m a member of Bates Wells’ International NGO team and I regularly advise our NGO clients on their overseas operations and other activities.
Having started my legal training in Scotland, I’m now dual qualified to practice in both Scotland and in England and Wales. I was also a member of the Charity Law Association working party responding to the Scottish Government Consultation on Scottish Charity Law in March 2019.
I’m currently a trustee of The Hands Up Foundation, a charity that raises funds and awareness to support people affected by the conflict in Syria.
I advised a UK charity on providing funding and support for projects run by local organisations in India to promote education for children.
I provided detailed advice to a large corporate foundation on its international grant making procedures. This included preparing a detailed report on the charity law requirements and drafting key papers such as policies, due diligence documents, compliance checklists, risk assessments and project reports.
I worked with a team of lawyers at Bates Wells to advise on the relocation of the charity’s international headquarters outside of the UK and the transfer of its activities to its new offices overseas.