Creative, hardworking and imaginative
I’m a solicitor working across both the Dispute Resolution and Charity teams, with a particular focus on all things political. I advise political parties, candidates and and campaigners on election rules, internal disputes, regulatory issues and getting their message across effectively whilst complying with the legal frameworks that apply.
I work with individuals and organisations who have the often daunting task of trying to contend with regulatory intervention and try to make it less scary (and hopefully help successfully defend them!). I also assist on the other side of the coin, helping regulators to make defensible decisions.
When a charity working in difficult conditions across the Middle East found itself subject to a campaign of disinformation , accusing it of links to terrorism, I worked with the Charity to source evidence to successfully rebut the allegations to the Charity Commission who had opened an investigation after mainstream papers had picked up the story.
The current political climate having opened up the field for many new voices to be heard, I have assisted with establishment of a variety of new political parties and political movements including drafting their constitutions, and helped them understand how to comply with election and campaigning law and data protection, in a world where there has never been more opportunity to try new things in the political space.
I recently advised a large charity on the many different legal regimes that apply to campaigns, including lobbying, advertising and fundraising regulation, the ‘non-party campaigning’ rules under election law, charity law restrictions on political activity and defamation. I reviewed their core campaigning materials to spot potential issues and suggest amendments to lower certain risk areas to give them the confidence to go ahead.