Senior Consultant


Christine has over fifteen years’ experience advising charities and not-for-profit organisations. Previously a Partner at BWB, in her current role she combines updating clients on new legal developments with providing specialist advice on constitutional and governance issues, fundraising and trading. She has contributed to a number of charity law publications and is a regular speaker on charity law and governance issues.

Examples of recent work

  • Editor of BWB’s Weekly Briefing for charities and social enterprises
  • Advising on the new legal form for charities, the charitable incorporated organisation ('CIO')
  • Advice to charities on legal and good practice requirements for managing conflicts of interest
  • Advising on mandatory and optional changes to bring a charitable company’s articles up-to-date
  • Advising a large membership charity on practice and procedure at general meetings, including the role of the chair
  • Trustee training for a large social care charity

Qualifications and career

  • BA Hons Natural Sciences and Law, Christ's College, Cambridge
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1991
  • Trained at Clifford Chance, specialising in charity law at Sinclair Taylor & Martin (now Russell-Cooke)
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite, 1999
  • Became a partner at BWB, 2000-2014

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Member of the Institute of Fundraising Standards Committee
  • Executive committee member, Charity Law Association
  • Member of NCVO Charity Law Review Advisory Group
  • Trustee, Little Green Pig
  • Pro bono advice to community organisations in East Sussex

Publications and lectures

  • Co-author of "Charities - The New Law 2006: A Practical Guide to the Charities Acts" and "The Fundraisers Guide To The Law", currently working on a guide to the Charities Act 2011
  • Contributor to "Charitable Status: A Practical Handbook"
  • Articles in Charity Finance and Governance
  • Regularly lectures on charity law, governance, fundraising and charity law reform