Recommendations

  • With no small thanks to Lucy for her tenacity, polished and steely professionalism, sense of humour, attention to detail, and “can do” approach. We could not have achieved this without her and we are immensely grateful for Lucy’s advice and accessibility.

    Client feedback

  • Recognised as a Key Lawyer and a Rising Star

    Legal 500 2021

  • Recognised as a Key Lawyer and a Rising Star

    Legal 500 2020

  • Tenaciously digs her way through documents to come up with highly usable advice and solutions

    Legal 500 2018

Experience

I am a charity law specialist with a varied practice. I enjoy helping our clients to achieve their plans, find solutions to difficult problems and put structures in place to support legal compliance and good governance.

Highlights

  • Kids Company

    I am acting for five of the former trustees of Kids Company in relation to a Charity Commission inquiry and director disqualification proceedings brought by the Official Receiver following the charity’s closure.

  • London Community Response Fund

    I advised City Bridge Trust on the establishment and funding of the London Community Response Fund which is providing essential support for charities and other organisations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Chartered Institute of Fundraising

    I worked with the Institute of Fundraising on establishing a new charitable Royal Charter body and restructuring their activities within the new charity, Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

  • My recent work has also included:

    Advising philanthropists on setting up new charitable foundations in the UK and assisting with governance, regulatory compliance and communications with the media

  • Assisting with the merger of four military charities with overlapping charitable objects
  • Advising on updating and consolidating the terms of 40 out-of-date restricted and endowment lecture and awards funds so that they could be put to more effective use
  • Assisting a school to obtain a cy-près scheme to merge its bursary and funds with updated purposes.

Qualifications and career

  • University of Cambridge, MA Hons Classics, 2008
  • BPP Law School, 2009-2010
  • Paralegal, Bates Wells, 2010-2012
  • Trainee Solicitor, Bates Wells (including secondment at Big Society Capital), 2012-2014
  • Qualified as a Solicitor, September 2014
  • Associate, July 2017
  • Senior Associate, January 2021

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Member of Charity Law Association and working party on 'technical law' changes to the Charities Act 2011
  • Pro bono supporter of the Stephen Lloyd Awards
  • Former trustee and Vice-Chair, Prisoners' Advice Service