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, eight years and counting, working with Bates Wells to support purpose led organisations.
I have never felt more keenly than in these extraordinary times the need and desire to apply my legal skills and business experience to help clients committed to social and environmental change. This includes charities, social enterprises raising, and social and impact investors offering, investment.
I work with community owned and focused organisations providing renewable energy and enterprises active in the circular economy. I advise on procurement, state aid and contracting and commercial issues for charities and social enterprises delivering public services.
Increasingly, I support commercial organisations looking to embed purpose in their governance and practice.
This involved translating a thorough due diligence process into a heavily negotiated sale and purchase agreement containing suitable warranties, disclosures and price adjustment mechanisms.
It wanted to raise extra funding to extend its reach. I advised it on its public bond offering, drafting the legal document, reviewing the offer documentation and supporting on the process to be followed.
Not simply putting the funding in place but ensuring the various moving parts on each project are understood so that risk can be understood and allocated appropriately and the contractual arrangements between stakeholders are consistent and support the common objective of each SIB.