Experience

I advise charities, social enterprises and educational institutions on variety of commercial, charity law, education law and safeguarding issues.. I am a trustee of Montessori St. Nicholas Charity and a governor of maintained primary school in central London.

My experience includes:

  • Establishing new charities and social enterprises
  • Charity incorporations, restructuring, mergers and joint ventures/collaborations
  • Advising trustees on regulatory and governance matters including Charity Commission investigations
  • Advising on all aspects of education law, including advising on numerous academy conversions, free school establishments, school and college mergers, de-mergers and governance reviews
  • Advising on safeguarding issues, including DBS checks, drafting and reviewing policies, Ofsted and local authority safeguarding investigations

Recent projects

  • Advising on the establishment of the Alliance of Musical Theatre Conservatoires

    The Alliance brings together 5 leading musical theatre conservatoires (Urdang Academy, Bird College, ArtsEd, Mountview and the Guildford School of Acting) to share best practice in training and raise the profile of musical theatre as a specialist art form in the UK and overseas.

  • Advising on the merger of Seevic College and Palmer’s Sixth Form College to form USP College

    When Palmer’s prepared to join Seevic, I advised both boards on process and governance, due diligence, and the transfer of all assets to Seevic.

  • Advising a large educational charity on trustee incorporation, releasing permanent endowment and on becoming an academy sponsor

    On the incorporation of its trustee body, becoming an academy sponsor and successfully obtaining consent from the Charity Commission to release over £20m of its permanent endowment to enable it to fund the development project of one of its beneficiary schools.

  • Advising various grant-making charities on improving their safeguarding governance in line with new Charity Commission guidance on safeguarding and serious incident reporting.

    This work involved advising on due diligence and monitoring arrangements, drafting safeguarding policies, reviewing funding agreements and advising trustees on their duties.

  • Advising one of the 12 further education college winners of a £170m DfE competition to establish one the first ever Institutes of Technology
  • Advising a humanitarian charity both on its transfer to another EU member state for Brexit-related funding reasons, and in relation to a Charity Commission investigation
  • Advising a Chinese education provider on the acquisition of a higher education provider in the UK
  • Advising on the establishment of a multi-academy trust to take on two converting primary schools and to establish a free school
  • Advising on a multi-academy trust merger
  • Advising a royal charter body on the establishment of a charitable foundation into which three existing charities will merge
  • Advising an FE college on the acquisition of a not-for-profit company providing apprenticeships
  • Advising an independent Islamic school on reconstituting as a charitable company
  • Successfully defending a teacher in an investigation by the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • Acting for a charity which faced substantial funding cuts, and successfully reversing those cuts
  • Advising a national charity on the safeguarding aspects of its programme to work with ex-offenders
  • Advising an international professional membership body on its agreement with a university to provide a Masters programme
  • Advising a group of maintained schools to establish a teaching school alliance
  • Drafting a student agreement for an international educational body, and reviewing all related student policies

Qualifications and career

  • University College London, LLB (Hons) Law with French Law, 2002
  • University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), Higher Diploma in French Law and Comparative Law, 2001
  • Two-year sponsorship by the Lord Chancellor’s Department (now Ministry of Justice) onto the Windsor Fellowship Leadership Programme, 1999, working on implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998
  • Sakado Senior High School, Japan - English language and foreign affairs teacher, 2002 - 2004
  • Embassy of Afghanistan, Tokyo - public affairs chief officer, 2005
  • BPP Law School, Legal Practice Course, 2006
  • Trained and qualified at Bates Wells, 2008
  • Secondment to Nesta, 2012

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • School governor of a central London maintained primary school
  • Trustee of Montessori St. Nicholas Charity
  • Pro bono advice to various charities including via LawWorks
  • Former trustee of the Karen Woo Foundation (2010-2015)
  • Former tribunal representative for IPSEA (Independent Panel for Special Education Advice) - representing parents in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal
  • Member, Charity Law Association
  • Member, Education Law Association