Advising a large national charity on its international fundraising strategy, including a comparative analysis of 6 jurisdictions and the relevant law applying in each case.
Establishing a new higher education institution with multiple campuses across the UK.
Working with a higher education institution on Office for Student registration.
Advising on a ground-breaking carbon credit project for a national charity.
Helping a Royal Charter Body update its Royal Charter, Bye-laws and Regulations.
Advising an education provider on the sale of three independent schools and the acquisition of two independent schools, including preparing all transaction documentation and carrying out due diligence.
Governance review of a large national charity with an income of over £600 million.
Carrying out the incorporation of a not-for-profit unincorporated association, including the transfer of staff, assets, property and a large membership.
Securing an Ofsted re-inspection for a school that contested the results of its initial inspection.
Advising on the restructuring of two charities with funds of over £250 million.
Advising on the merger of three academy trusts into a single multi-academy trust.
England and Wales, 2009
_’_We’re all in this together – a holistic approach to safeguarding in UK schools: Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022’; Withers Insight, 30 September 2022, co-author
‘A spotlight on money-laundering for independent schools and higher education institutions in the UK’; Withers Insight, 3 May 2022, co-author
‘Stop Press: War in Ukraine and the impact on British educational institutions’; Withers Insight, 25 February 2022, author
‘Teacher Assessed Grades: A Q&A Session’; Teaching Times, 9 April 2021, author
‘Short Thoughts: teacher assessed UK exam grades’; Withers Insight, 22 March 2021, author
Contributor to the Charities chapter of Chambers & Partners publication ‘Legal Brexit’, August 2016
‘The Independent Education Provision in England (Prohibition on Participation in Management) Regulations 2014’, Withers Insight, 1 September 2014, author
‘But who will pay for the office furniture? The blessing and burden of restricted funds’ Art and Cultural Assets News, 8 August 2011, author
‘Penalties and prison – data protection just got serious’ Art and Cultural Assets News, 9 April 2010
‘Art and cultural assets law: charity accounts – new disclosure requirements for heritage assets’, Withers insight, 16 September 2010, author
‘The impact on the third sector if Britain voted to leave the EU’, Third Sector Magazine - 2016
‘The Law and Practice of International Charitable Giving’, English and Welsh law chapter, Oxford University Press - 2012, co-author
‘From Innovations to Cash Flow’, contract law chapter, Wiley Finance, 2009, contributor
Affiliate of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners
Education Law Association
Charity Law Association
The Law Society
Me in a minute
I count myself fortunate to serve some of the most exciting clients in the world - whose aims and accomplishments inspire me every day
Initially drawn more to the works of the Venerable Bede than those of William Blackstone, I didn’t actually decide to become a lawyer until rather late into my time as an undergraduate historian at Oxford. Whatever profession I chose, I knew it had to be something I could be proud of; now I count myself fortunate to serve some of the most exciting clients in the world - charities and not-for-profit organisations – whose aims and accomplishments inspire me every day.
Working with charities means encountering the extraordinary, the amusing and the frankly surreal on a regular basis. I challenge any lawyer to find a client type more varied and interesting.
I work with the full spectrum of charities and not-for-profit bodies, from grant makers to humanitarian organisations, galleries and museums to medical charities, to name just a few. I also focus on acting for schools and education providers. I actually spent a year teaching in an international school; I’ve been a school governor of a voluntary aided school, run youth groups and I currently mentor students. Add a husband who works in an independent school and it has become a rather well-rounded interest.
In addition to learning Japanese, I love painting and composing overly-dramatic piano music. I also have a particular interest in the environment and sustainability.