Experience

I am a solicitor in the Dispute Resolution & Litigation team at Bates Wells. I advise both for-profit and not-for-profit clients on a range of contentious matters, including contract disputes, fraud and asset recovery, governance disputes, IP disputes, public law issues and issues relating to reputation.

As well as advisory work, I have extensive litigation experience, including injunctive relief proceedings and judicial review.

Prior to training to become a solicitor I volunteered as a legal intern at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office in Cape Town, South Africa. This involved providing legal advice and representation to people unable to afford legal help on a range of matters, including immigration.  I also volunteered as a Victim Support Worker for the charity Victim Support.

  • I acted for a global relief charity in a dispute against an executor who had failed to properly manage an estate of which the charity was the main beneficiary.
  • I advised in relation to a dispute regarding royalty payments in respect of technology which the claimant had innovated and developed during the course of their employment.
  • I assisted a major UK charity to respond to a complaint made against it regarding its handling of a situation concerning the charity’s gender identity policy and guidance.
  • I advised an international development charity on its contractual position in relation to sharing information it had been required to disclose by a subpoena.
  • I acted for a college in a dispute concerning an allegation of disability discrimination made by a student.
  • I assisted a major UK charity in relation to a dispute regarding its performance of services for a government funded pilot.
  • I advised a charity on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its contractual obligations.
  • I assisted a client in negotiations to settle a debt dispute with a previous employer.
  • I was part of the legal team that brought a number of challenges against the Secretary of State for the Home Department for unlawfully detaining vulnerable clients.

Qualifications and career

  • University of Warwick, BA (Hons) History, 2012
  • The University of Law, London, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2013
  • The University of Law, London, Bar Professional Training Course, 2015
  • Called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, 2016
  • The University of Law, London, Legal Practitioner Course (Distinction), 2017
  • Trainee Solicitor at Wilson Solicitors, 2017 – 2019
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 2019
  • Joined Bates Wells (Dispute Resolution & Litigation), 2019

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA)
  • Charity Law Association (CLA)