I joined Bates Wells as a solicitor in 2017, advising charities, not-for-profits, campaigners, and businesses seeking to have a positive social impact. Since joining the team, I’ve helped new organisations to set up as charities, assisted organisations with contractual and joint-working arrangements – including giving and receiving grant funding – and advised on regulatory issues and engagement with the Charity Commission, including several high profile statutory inquiries.
As part of our specialist political and campaigning law team, I help political parties, candidates, donors, charities and issue-based campaigners navigate the complex regulatory environment that can be relevant to their electoral and policy goals – from election and referendum law to campaign finance, transparency of lobbying, and charity law.
I’m also particularly interested in helping clients who deliver public services to navigate the legal issues which can arise, like the public procurement and state aid rules.
Together with Rosamund McCarthy, I advised Oxfam GB on the 16 month statutory inquiry, the most complex statutory inquiry ever undertaken by the Charity Commission, covering safeguarding governance and serious incident reporting.
With our multi-disciplinary team, I helped a number of non-party campaigners on national and local campaigns ahead of the UK General Election 2019, navigating charity law, spending limits and reputation management.
I advised on this high profile transfer of a portfolio of museums and heritage assets, including Brighton’s sea-front Royal Pavilion, to the new independent charitable Trust, working closely with the trustees and the local authority to help to put the new organisation on a solid footing for the future..
Philip Kirkpatrick and I advised Asda on its innovative programme to fund two food poverty charities’Fareshare and the Trussell Trust’s work, initially using carrier bag levy funds. We worked with closely with the client and the charities to set-up the partnership, including advising on the structure, contractual terms, and compliance with charity fundraising legislation.