Experience

I joined Bates Wells as a solicitor in 2017, advising charities, social enterprises and corporates on a broad range of legal and commercial matters. Since then, I’ve helped new organisations to set up as charities, assisted clients with contractual and joint-working arrangements – including giving and receiving grant funding – and advised on regulatory issues and engagement with the Charity Commission.

 

I’m 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.

I’m also passionate about supporting the humanitarian aid international development sector, and have worked with a number of inspiring INGOs.

Recent projects

  • Start Network’s spin-out

    Together with a team led by Luke Fletcher and Louise Harman, I advised the Start Network on its spin-out from Save the Children into a new independent membership organisation of humanitarian aid agencies.

  • Asda’s Fight Hunger Create Change campaign

    Philip Kirkpatrick and I advised Asda on its innovative programme to fund two food poverty charities’ work. 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.

  • Establishment of Intersticia UK

    I helped a client based in Australia to establish a charitable company limited by guarantee in the UK, to begin activities in the UK.

  • Advising on public procurement and state aid
  • Advising on the formation and registration of new charities and social enterprises, including CIOs
  • Advising on grant funding agreements and conditions
  • Advising on fundraising and commercial participator arrangements
  • Advising on constitutional and operational issues for charities and social enterprises, including advising on conflicts of interest, procedure and other governance matters
  • Acting on charity mergers and spin-outs
  • Advising charities on their engagement with the Charity Commission
  • Drafting commercial agreements and financial institution terms of business

Qualifications and career

  • BA Law (Jurisprudence), University of Oxford, 2013
  • LL.M in Professional Legal Practice (LPC), University of Law, 2015
  • Trainee Solicitor and Associate, Financial Regulation Group, Linklaters LLP, 2015 – 2017 (admitted as a solicitor in March 2017)
  • Solicitor, Charity and Social Enterprise Department, Bates Wells (since November 2017)
  • Associate, Bates Wells, 2019

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Volunteer legal advisor at the South West London Law Centre
  • Work with various international and local charities on legal pro bono projects, including Amicus and the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group