Experience

I’m an associate in our Charity and Social Enterprise department.

I’m proud to have a very broad practice – working with colleagues to help charities and similar organisations to function effectively, and to achieve their aims for the good of society.

  • I have expertise in constitutional reviews and advice, for social purpose organisations – whether they are structured as a company, a charitable trust (governed by trust deed or Scheme), an unincorporated association, a statutory corporation (governed by Act of Parliament), or a Royal Charter body.
  • I regularly assist with governance issues, including trustee duties, Charity Commission guidance, and the Charity Governance Code.
  • I advise on pure charity law issues, such as novel or complex charity applications, private benefit restrictions and conflicts of interest.
  • I advise regularly on information law, including GDPR compliance and “direct marketing” rules as they apply to the fundraising and advocacy efforts of non-profits.
  • I advise on election law and the regulation of campaigning activities by charities and similar organisations;
  • I advise on complex trust and charity law issues, including designated and restricted funds, special trusts, and identifying and releasing permanent endowment.
  • I am involved in “transactional” work, such as mergers and restructurings.
  • I also advise on grant-funding and contractual arrangements.

As well as providing written advice, I regularly provide training on, and speak and write in these areas.

  • Advising a number of ‘household name’ non-profit membership organisations in relation to significant constitutional and governance reform processes
  • Advising a number of large charities in relation to their compliance with GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018;
  • Seeking schemes, orders and statutory advice from the Charity Commission to authorise charities to undertake particular actions;
  • Releasing a grant-making charity’s permanent endowment and winding it up;
  • Advising a charitable company in relation to its restructuring and appointment of a new senior management team;
  • Advising in relation to an Electoral Commission investigation into a permitted participant at the EU Referendum;
  • Advice on a multi-million pound grant-funding arrangement.

Qualifications and career

  • Promoted to associate, July 2017
  • Admitted as a solicitor at Bates Wells, March 2015
  • Trainee Solicitor, Hogan Lovells International LLP, 2013-2015
  • BPP Law School, Legal Practice Course, 2013, Distinction
  • University of York, LLB Bachelor of Laws 2011, First class

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Member of the Charity Law Association
  • Adviser, South West London Law Centre (SWLCC)
  • Talks and articles on governance and data protection compliance issues