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I specialise in supporting high profile individuals and family foundations with their philanthropy and giving. In addition, I advise on corporate social responsibility, including the incorporation and on-going legal compliance of corporate foundations. Most recently, I have advised charities and philanthropists facing increasing Charity Commission and HMRC regulatory intervention.

In my day-to-day work, I also advise a range of charities and social enterprises on a full array of legal and commercial issues. These include corporate structure, governance, fundraising and trading, grant-making (UK and overseas), as well as advising on charity formation and registration.

Having trained and worked at a magic circle law firm, I have experience in a range of corporate and finance departments and have worked on a large number of high-value and cross-border transactions. I work regularly with overseas charities, including US 501(c)(3)s and a dual-qualified US-UK charitable foundation, advising them on establishment in the UK, the legal and regulatory environment, and corporate structuring across a number of jurisdictions.


  • I have advised FTSE 100-listed companies and other high profile businesses on their corporate social responsibility strategy, including establishing corporate foundations and advising on the ongoing relationship between the corporate founder and the charitable foundation.

    I have had two recent successes with clients defending themselves from aggressive Charity Commission regulatory investigations, overturning decisions to open a statutory inquiry and issue official warnings. I have also advised a number of clients on filing serious incident reports with the Commission relating to governance issues, safeguarding and reputational issues, preventing further more serious regulatory intervention.

  • I advised CAFOD, the official international development agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, on its incorporation. I helped to register a new charitable company with the Charity Commission and worked with CAFOD’s staff and volunteers on the transfer of its assets from the original trust structure, to the new entity.

    I advised Breakthrough Breast Cancer on its merger with Breast Cancer Campaign to create Breast Cancer Now, the largest breast cancer research and prevention charity.

  • I worked with a German charity on its application to register with HMRC, which enabled it to access UK charitable tax reliefs, one of only a few overseas organisations to successfully do so.

    I provided an in-depth training session on fundraising to a US charity establishing itself in the UK, and subsequently provided that same charity with advice on fundraising events, corporate sponsors, and commercial participator relationships.

  • I provided advice on the charity law, regulatory, tax and practical issues faced by a charity making payments overseas to a war-afflicted country.
  • I advised Golden Lane Housing on the first charity bond listed on the London Stock Exchange, which raised £11 million, allowing the charity to buy and adapt homes for people supported by Mencap.

Qualifications and career

  • University of Oxford, MA Modern History (First class), 2007
  • College of Law, LLB Law (First class), 2010. Richard Tuddenham prize for best Graduate Diploma in Law student at The College of Law across the UK, 2009.
  • Trainee solicitor, Allen & Overy LLP, 2010-2012
  • Associate, Allen & Overy LLP, 2012-2014
  • Joined Bates Wells, 2014

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Trustee of FoodCycle
  • Charity Law Association member, and member of the working party on Corporate transparency and register reform
  • Philanthropy Impact, Public Affairs Committee Member
  • Member of the steering committee of Lawyers Against Poverty (2015 – 2020) and provided pro bono advice on its establishment as an independent registered charity

Publications & Lectures

  • Contributing author of “The Charities Acts Handbook: A Practical Guide” (Jordans).
  • Speaker at the Contentious Trusts Association Conference, Helsinki 2020 “Who owes what to who – Charitable companies and fiduciary duties”