Experience

I joined Bates Wells after working with a variety of non-profit and civil society organisations internationally, including in India, Jamaica, the United States and the UK, and subsequently spending five years training and practicing as a finance lawyer at a magic circle law firm in London.

I am a member of the Impact Economy group at Bates Wells, where I combine my experience of working in-house with non-profit organisations globally and my legal skills to advise a range of organisations including charities and NGOs, social enterprises and impact investors, B Corps and other mission driven businesses on a broad range of issues. This includes advice relating to structuring and executing social impact finance transactions; charity formation, registration and governance; B Corp certification; as well as a variety of general charity and commercial law issues.

I’m committed to using the law as a tool to create positive social change, to challenge inequity, and to help my clients achieve their objectives.    

  • I have advised Big Society Capital on their impact investments and was seconded to their in-house legal team in 2020.
  • I’ve advised clients responding to the Coronavirus outbreak, including working as part of the team advising on the formation of the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund; working on the establishment of a charitable foundation to facilitate provision of Covid response funding to community organisations; and advising clients on the restructuring of their investments and in insolvency scenarios.
  • I advise a number of organisations founded and led by minoritised communities that work to advance racial equity and combat structural injustice.
  • I advised on the formation of a prominent think tank and on the establishment of a number of corporate foundations.
  • I am advising a number businesses, ranging from large scale organisations with hundreds of employees to small sole traders, on their transition to B Corp status.
  • I draft and advise on a range of bespoke contracts including complex debt and capital market finance documents, security documents, funding contracts, grant agreements, commercial funding arrangements and supplier contracts.
  • I’ve advised charities on a range of issues, including the relationships between charities and their trading subsidiaries, corporates and their corporate foundations, and various constitutional and governance matters.

Qualifications and career

  • Hamilton College (USA), BA Comparative Literature
  • National Law School of India University (India), Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights Law
  • University of Cambridge, BA Law
  • University of Law, LPC
  • Global Justice Centre (USA), Programme Assistant
  • Human Rights Law Network (India), Programme Officer
  • Linklaters LLP, Trainee Solicitor; Associate
  • Mary Ward Legal Centre, Legal Secondee
  • Big Society Capital, Legal Secondee
  • Bates Wells, Associate

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Trustee at The Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action
  • Board Observer for the MSN Peace Fund
  • I’ve provided pro-bono support to the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, Amicus, Acid Survivors Trust International, Plan International and Penal Reform International, among others.