Recommendations

  • Ollie's experience and judgement was vital to us achieving a successful outcome. I can't recommend him highly enough and we wouldn't hesitate to work with him again.

    Client feedback

  • His advice was second-to-none

    Client feedback

  • Ollie was superbly professional while being flexible in the way that he worked in order to fit with our start-up, not-for-profit budget.

    Client feedback

Experience

I provide commercial, corporate and strategic advice to charities, social enterprises, and mission driven businesses, and specialise in social and impact investing.

I’m a member of the Impact Economy group at Bates Wells and act as an advisor and secretary to the UK Crowdfunding Association.

Highlights

  • Global Innovation Fund

    I help Global Innovation Fund, a charity whose mission is to invest in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world, with social investment and governance matters.

  • Trine

    I advise Trine, a crowdfunding platform that links investors with solar energy projects in the developing world, on its investments and relationships with stakeholders.

  • Comic Relief

    I advised Comic Relief on governance and social investment projects

  • Big Society Trust

    I advised The Big Society Trust, the parent organisation of Big Society Capital and Access, on the admission of new entities funded by “Dormant Account” funds into its group structure.

  • My work includes forming and registering new charities and social enterprises, including CIOs, CICs, and community benefit societies
  • I advise on the structure and execution of financing for charities and social enterprises, including social impact bonds, community energy projects, and the use of Social Investment Tax Relief
  • I often work on cross-jurisdictional issues for international charities, NGOs and government funded programmes, including strategies following Brexit
  • I have frequently acted on mergers and structural reorganisations relating to charities and not-for-profit organisations
  • I advise on grant agreements, contracts, collaboration and joint venture arrangements

Qualifications and career

  • University of Cambridge, MA (First Class), 2009
  • Nottingham Trent University, Graduate LLB (First Class), 2012
  • Trainee solicitor at Bates Wells, 2012
  • Admitted as a solicitor at Bates Wells, 2014
  • Seconded to Global Innovation Fund, 2017
  • Seconded to Principles for Responsible Investment, 2019

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Secretary of UK Crowdfunding Association
  • Trustee of Songbound
  • Member of the Charity Law Association, Working Group member on charities and connected organisations
  • SITR/CITR Working Group member, DCMS Advisory Group on Impact Investing
  • Pro bono advice to a range of charities working within international development, health and civil engagement
  • Author, Tolley’s Company Law Service
  • Author, Practical Law Company
  • Author, Lexis Nexis Corporate Law