Recommendations

  • Recognised as a Key Lawyer

    Legal 500 2020

  • Developed the test for B Corp certification in the UK

    The Times Best Law Firms 2020

Experience

I co-lead the firm’s Impact Economy practice and advise clients seeking to have a positive social impact through their business, investments and other activities.

 

My area of focus is on impact investing, social investment and social finance and I have advised on a number of high profile, innovative and complex social finance matters.

I am also particularly interested in businesses operating in the Impact Economy and I have been involved in a number of key policy developments in this area, including advising the Government Inclusive Economy Unit on the Mission Led Business Review.

My clients range from charities, international NGOs, not-for-profit organisations, major corporates and banks, social enterprises, social investors and social intermediaries, purpose driven businesses, entrepreneurs and philanthropists. I advise on a broad range of legal and commercial issues, ranging from corporate structure, establishment, governance, regulatory matters and financing.

I joined the Charity and Social Enterprise Team having trained and worked for seven years in the general finance team of a magic circle law firm where I advised on high value, cross border emerging market financial transactions, investment grade and leveraged finance transactions and restructurings.

I have worked on many significant developments in the emerging Impact Economy, including:

  • I advise Big Society Capital on a number of investments into social intermediaries;
  • I advised on the spin out of a network of humanitarian organisations, designed to encourage faster response times to humanitarian crisis;
  • I advised LifeArc on the monetisation of its royalty interest in a blockbuster immuno-oncology drug;
  • I helped to develop the legal and governance requirements for B Corps in the UK;
  • I advised on loan documentation to arts organisations as part of the Cultural Impact Development Fund and the Nesta Arts Impact Fund;
  • I advised Global Innovation Fund on impact investments;
  • I advised multiple lenders on one of the largest social finance transactions to HCT Group, a community transport social enterprise;

Qualifications and career

  • University of Bristol, Law LLB (with study abroad at National University of Singapore), 2005
  • Project officer, Ethnic Community Development Organisation, Bangladesh, Voluntary Service Overseas, 2005 – 2006
  • Trainee Solicitor at Clifford Chance LLP, 2007
  • Admitted as a solicitor at Clifford Chance LLP, 2009
  • Secondment to the legal team of EMEA Leveraged Finance of Citibank, 2011
  • Secondment to the legal team of Barclays Corporate Transaction Management, 2013
  • Joined Bates Wells, 2014
  • Secondment to the the Government Inclusive Economy Unit advising on the Mission led Business Review (2016);
  • Partner Bates Wells, 2019

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Trustee of B Lab (UK) (2020)
  • Secretary of the Policy Council of B Lab (UK) (2016)
  • Member of the Charity Law Association
  • Pro bono advice to a range of charities and social enterprises, campaigning for freedom of expression, education and childcare