Lawrence has broad experience of advising and training charitable companies, charter bodies, trusts, associations, arts organisations and public benefit clients throughout their life cycle. His clients range from innovative start-ups and campaigning organisations to major national institutions and international networks. Particular areas of his expertise include: commercial advice and negotiations (fundraising, contracts/grant agreements, collaborations); Charity Commission registration, investigations/reviews and regulation; transactional work such as mergers and structural reorganisations; governance (including trustee training for Onboard); and lotteries and competitions.

Lawrence also has 15 years of specialist experience in advising on intellectual property (including copyright and content, trade marks and general branding issues), software and websites, and information law (data protection, freedom of information, confidentiality and privacy).

Examples of recent work

  • Currently advising a UK-based international network of organisations in 60 countries on international governance arrangements and licensing of intellectual property (including brand and methodology)
  • Ongoing advice to an international organisation with UK headquarters on structures related to overseas fundraising
  • Merger of nine charitable companies around the UK into a single UK entity
  • Advising an internationally recognised UK arts festival on restructuring, including board training and negotiations with members
  • Established an international human rights and conflict resolution NGO operating in countries with intractable political issues
  • Retained external counsel in the UK for one of the world’s largest, US-based philanthropic foundations, advising on issues ranging from grant-funding to regulatory compliance
  • Assisting a high profile arts centre in its negotiations with a major funder and its outreach work with community groups and partner organisations
  • Advice to a household name organisation on data protection issues including a recent major breach of security, relationship with subsidiaries, and information governance policy
  • Review of contracts for a leading UK charity including fundraising and grant-making
  • Producing a report to a leading international NGO on its duty of care to individuals deployed overseas in high-risk situations 

Qualifications and career

  • University of Oxford, BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy & Economics
  • Former producer and director of television documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4
  • Three years working as a parliamentary researcher at the House of Commons
  • Completed articles at Lewis Silkin
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite as a solicitor, 2000
  • Partner at BWB, 2006

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Member of the advisory board of Rethinking Economics
  • Board member on the Fundraising Standards Board
  • Board member of The Elders Foundation
  • Chair of Urdang Limited and Urdang Schools Limited
  • Chair of 38 Degrees Trust
  • Founder member of an advisory group on charitable status and journalism
  • Charity Commission approved practitioner for interim manager services