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 advised a charity in relation to the enforceability of a grant agreement with a grantor seeking to withdraw its promise to donate funding.
  • I acted for a client in relation to a dispute regarding his status as an employee and his entitlements whilst engaged as such with a previous employer.
  • I advised major UK charities on intervening in proceedings for the purpose of assisting the court in respect of how funds being held on trust could be applied for the national benefit.
  • I assisted a grant making charitable organisation in negotiations to settle a claim for professional negligence against their previous solicitors.
  • I advised a charity in relation to its response to a complaint made by a member raising governance issues.
  • 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)