Notable practitioner for Electoral law
Highlighted for his all-round expertise and ability to guide clients through the legalities of running campaigns and the make up of new political groups
Recognised as a Leading Individual
He's very clear, thoughtful and does what he says he will. He turns things around quickly and is calm under pressure
"He is wonderful and we love working with him"
"He is incredibly knowledgeable, very efficient and practical"
Named as Leading individual for Electoral practice area.
Selected as a super lawyer 2014.
I aim to provide practical and robust advice to organisations and individuals working to achieve positive social impact or to influence law or public policy.
As a partner in our top tier charity and social enterprise team, I am lucky to able to help charities, social enterprises, mutuals and mission-led businesses achieve their aims. I work closely with my clients and colleagues in providing a wide range of advisory and transactional support, with common areas of advice including structuring and governance, financing and investment, collaboration and mergers, campaigning and advocacy.
I co-lead our specialist political and campaigning law team with Rosamund McCarthy, which helps political parties, candidates, donors, charities and issue-based campaigners navigate the complex regulatory environment that can be relevant to their electoral and policy goals. Our multi-disciplinary team works across all areas of campaigning law, from election and referendum law to campaign finance, transparency of lobbying, data privacy, charity law, public law, strategic litigation, advertising and reputation-management.
I am continually inspired by the new and innovative approaches developed by my clients to advance their social aims, which often require creative and innovative solutions in new and untested areas of law. I regularly advise on the intersections between philanthropic and commercial activity, between charitable and political advocacy and online and offline activity. My clients range from small civil society organisations to the biggest businesses and charitable federations, and I regularly advise on international activity and cross-border giving.
I advised (along with our politics and campaigning law team) Britain Stronger In Europe, the lead campaign group on the Remain side of the EU Referendum debate, on electoral and referendum law compliance, campaign finance, fundraising and a wide range of other legal needs during one of the most high profile and contentious campaigns of modern times. We I advised a wide range of other Remain-side campaigners, including charities, businesses, donors and issue-based campaigners, and have advised some of them on their engagement with relevant regulators since the poll.
I advised on the first charity bond issue to be listed on the London Stock Exchange, by the Mencap subsidiary Golden Lane Housing. The bond was issued through the Retail Charity Bonds platform on the ORB market of the LSE, and required an unusually high degree of engagement with the UK Listing Authority, to ensure that the charity’s offer documents would be suitable for investment by both institutional and retail investors. The bond raised £11 million to fund investment into the vital housing services provided by Golden Lane to people with learning disabilities.
I was appointed by the Cabinet Office and Lord Hodgson to provide legal advice on his independent statutory review of non-party campaigning law and regulation, following the amendment of those rules by the controversial “Lobbying Act”. The Lobbying Act significantly expanded the regulation of non-party campaigning activity in the run-up to an election, and with my help Lord Hodgson’s report recommended a suite of reforms to help reduce the resulting ‘chilling effect’ on the public advocacy of charities and other issue-based campaigners. Unfortunately, the Government has not yet enacted the recommendations, but I am continuing to help a range of clients and others make the case for reform.