Recommendations

  • 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

  • Trustee & Company Secretary of The Transformational Business Network
  • 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