I have been a lawyer for over 25 years, training with a magic circle firm, being a partner of a national practice for ten years and for, twelve years and counting, working with Bates Wells to support purpose led organisations.

  • Acting for a new higher and further education college, based in the Brecon Beacons, offering the first UK based degree aimed at equipping graduates for a climate stressed world. This has involved structuring charitable and non charitable entities and attracting social investment to enable the college to become established.
  • Acting for a new provider of high quality educational content, particularly natural history film footage and infographics to raise understanding of biodiversity and climate challenges. This involved creating a community interest company and structuring equity and debt investment into it which was social investment tax relief compliant.
  • Acting for a number of community land trusts as they become established, attract funding and develop their initial projects.
  • My work on social impact bonds involves advising service providers and investors across multiple sectors and programmes
  • I advise to not for profit purchasers of renewable energy schemes on refinancings and introducing community ownership models
  • I advise on the structuring and give governance advice around incorporation of charities, community interest companies and community benefit societies
  • I assist with the funding and refinancing of civil society organisations, including blended finance, bond and share issues and project finance
  • I provide public procurement, subsidy control and state aid advice to public sector bodies and civil society organisations
  • I advise public sector employees looking to create independent social enterprises, including health, local authority and probation services
  • I advise community groups creating co-operatives and community benefit societies, including land trusts and renewable energy companies
  • I advise civil society organisations providing public services, including payment by results contracting
  • I act on mergers and acquisitions of civil society businesses
  • I advise on partnership arrangements between for profit and not for profit organisations
  • I advise on international licensing and distribution agreements
  • I advise public sector and education establishments on disposals of assets