• Your complete grasp of the issues, your competence and diplomatic skills were all essential

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  • We were incredibly fortunate in having you working for us, and especially at mediation

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  • Your contribution was way over the call of duty and over lawyer's standard obligations

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  • We would not be where we happily are now without you

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  • Thank you so much for your support, advice and skill over the last 2 and a bit years in dealing with a complete nightmare

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  • There is no way that we would ever have recovered those funds without your input

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  • I know that without your advice and action on our behalf, this matter may never have been resolved

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  • She is excellent

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I am a Partner in Bates Wells’ Dispute Resolution & Litigation team, where I lead on a variety of contentious matters with a particular focus on litigation relating to charities, charity governance, charity legacies and charity fraud. I regularly speak at industry events and contribute commentary and know-how to leading publications on these issues.

My other practice areas include contract disputes, shareholder disputes, claims brought under the False Claims Act, asset recovery and the enforcement of judgments.

I am an experienced Supervising Solicitor appointed by the High Court on the execution of search orders, and often work in conjunction with other members of the team on complex, multi-venue searches.


  • I acted for philanthropist Jamie Cooper in the leading charity law case Cooper v Lehtimaki & Ors

    This was regarding the role and status of members in charitable companies and the court’s special jurisdiction in relation to charities. The successful outcome of this case unlocked $360M of charitable funds and secured an additional $80M for the UK charity sector ([2017] EWHC 1379 (Ch); [2018] EWCA Civ 1605; [2020] UKSC 33)

  • I acted for the Advisory Council of the Warburg Institute

    This was regarding its successful defence of a claim brought by the University of London. Regarding the university's obligations as trustee to house, fund and maintain the world renowned Warburg Institute (University of London v Professor Prag and another [2014] EWHC 3564 (Ch); [2015] WTLR 705].

  • I acted for a major international development charity in a dispute with executors who had wrongly paid the charity’s legacy to a third party.

    I negotiated full payment of the legacy from the executors personally plus a significant contribution towards the charity’s costs, avoiding costly and time-consuming court action for the charity.

  • I acted for an international animal charity in a high value contract dispute concerning data storage.

    Following the issue of proceedings, I negotiated a financial settlement in my client's favour, but on terms that maintained the commercial relationship going forward.

  • I advised and acted for a care home (a registered charity) in relation to the recovery of sums fraudulently misappropriated by a former senior manager. I secured full recovery of the sums taken plus legal costs, and worked to protect the client’s reputation by advising on communications with the Charity Commission, CQC, staff and residents. I also advised on an audit of systems to avoid a repeat situation in the future.
  • I advised and acted for an international global relief charity to recover significant sums fraudulently misappropriated by a senior member of staff over a number of years. I obtained a full admission of liability and put in place a payment plan which resulted in the charity recovering the vast majority of the misappropriated funds plus costs. This was a particularly sensitive and high profile case and much of my advice related to reputational management.
  • I regularly advise charities (in particular NGOs) in relation to allegations of fraud and claims brought under the False Claims Act (FCA).

Qualifications and career

  • College of Law (LPC), 2004
  • Trained at Knights, 2005
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 2007
  • Practiced at B P Collins, 2007
  • Joined Bates Wells, 2010
  • Promoted to associate, 2011
  • Promoted to senior associate, 2014
  • Appointed partner, 2017

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA)
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association (CFLA)
  • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
  • Institute of Legacy Management (ILM)
  • Charity Law Association (CLA)