Recommendations

  • Thank you very, very much for all of your support and guidance throughout this long process, not just this final hurdle. It would have been impossible to do without your expertise.

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  • A pleasure to work with. He is very clear in setting out the plan of work and always gave a timely turnaround with agreed dates. He also has the great strength of explaining legal areas to us non legal people

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  • Recognised as a Key Lawyer

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  • A huge thanks to Oliver for holding the pen throughout. As ever these deals are a team effort but it was reassuring to have such a safe pair of hands guiding us through the marathon sprint to the finish line.

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  • A big word of thanks as well from our side, for your steerage, your constant attention to detail and unfettered calmness throughout the whole process.

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  • Oliver has given us excellent support.

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Experience

I am a Senior Associate in the Impact Economy team at Bates Wells and am passionate about purpose-driven business. I advise on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues across the impact investing, responsible business, social enterprise and charities space. I also have a deep interest in the B Corporation movement and the interplay between business and human rights. In particular, the development, application and impact of the Modern Slavery Act.

I trained and gained private practice experience with Pinsent Masons LLP and subsequently worked in financial services as legal counsel for 8 Miles LLP (a pan-African private equity fund) and Triple Point (an alternative investment management firm) focused primarily on project finance, venture capital and private equity transactions.

Earlier on in my career, I spent two years working with Canon Andrew White and Archbishop Justin Welby focused on the Middle East peace process as part of Coventry Cathedral’s International Centre for Reconciliation. I studied English Literature at Durham University and am a qualified CEDR mediator.

Highlights

  • Structuring investments

    My advice on structuring investments has related to Social Investment Tax Relief, social impact bonds, and the investment activity of charitable foundations

  • Advising influential think tanks

    My advice here includes some high profile Charity Commission regulatory reviews

  • I advise on the establishment of charities, corporate foundations, Community Interest Companies, B Corporations and social enterprises
  • I advise on charity mergers and general restructurings
  • I advise on governance and regulatory issues, conflict of interest and general reviews of charitable status
  • I advise corporates and social enterprises on the adoption of profit with purpose governance structures
  • I have assisted with equity and debt capital raising by charities and social enterprises
  • I advise on a range of commercial contracts

Qualifications and career

  • English degree (BA Hons) Durham University, 2002
  • Care Internship Scheme: researcher for MP and completed one year academic course in politics, bioethics, philosophy and theology, 2002 – 2003
  • Project Officer with the International Centre for Reconciliation, a Middle East conflict resolution agency working across West Africa, and the Middle East (in particular, Israel, Palestine and Iraq) 2003 – 2005
  • BPP Law School (GDL and LPC), 2005 – 2007
  • Pinsent Masons LLP
  • 8 Miles LLP – in house counsel
  • Triple Point Investment Management LLP – in house counsel

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Previously trustee & Company Secretary of The Transformational Business Network
  • Previously trustee of The Brazzaville Foundation
  • CEDR accredited mediator (2015)
  • Appointed to a working group of the Centre for Social Justice (2019)
  • Previously trustee of Only Connect