• Recognised as a Key Lawyer

    Legal 500 2020

  • [Tom Pratt] takes his time to explain situations and advises in the most helpful way possible

    Legal 500 2020


I provide a wide range of contractual, commercial and governance advice to charities, social enterprises, commercial organisations and creative businesses and individuals. I advise on a variety of commercial and charity law matters, including in relation to start ups, collaborative working and (re)structuring, funding, contractual arrangements, intellectual property (including copyright) and governance and constitutional issues.


I have a particular focus on working with cultural and creative clients (a former trustee of Dance United) and is a core member of Bates Wells’ Culture + Creative team.

  • I acted for the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings and The National Energy Foundation on the spin out of the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes initiative from the Energy Saving Trust
  • I have advised on a number of spin outs of services from public bodies into social enterprises, including establishing Hounslow Education Business Partnership as a separate enterprise to the London Borough of Hounslow and acting for Realise Futures CIC in relation to Suffolk County Council’s flagship 'divestment' programme
  • I have established a number of charities and social enterprises, including the David Lynch Foundation UK and several community interest companies
  • I advised 3SC, a key organisation involved in the delivery of the government’s flagship Work Programme, on structural and sub-contracting arrangements

Qualifications and career

  • Nottingham University, BSC (Joint Hons) Maths & Philosophy, 1995
  • Worked in Tokyo, Japan as an English teacher and translator, 1996
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, Post-graduate Diploma in Law, 2002
  • Chester College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2003
  • Joined Bates Wells, 2004
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 2006
  • Three months working as legal assistant with Tate Gallery, 2006

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Former Trustee of Dance United
  • Member of the Charity Law Association
  • Works with a number of charities on a pro bono basis, including Prison Radio Association
  • Regular speaker on charity law and social enterprise law, including with The School for Social Enterpreneurs and Law Works
  • Contributor to a number of publications, including Third Sector and Jordans Charities Administration Service