Solicitor

Experience

Jess is a solicitor in the Public & Regulatory and Charity & Social Enterprise teams, specialising in advising on general regulatory matters, constitutional issues and charity law compliance for charities and non-profit organisations. Jess has particular experience in election and campaigning law, including the regulation of campaign finance, content and tactics, campaigning and political activity by charities, regulation of lobbying, strategic litigation, election-specific court applications and regulatory investigations regarding campaigning and election rules.

Examples of Recent Work

  • Advice to a range of public, private and charitable bodies on regulation, funding and campaigning during the snap 2017 general election campaign
  • Advice to the designated Remain campaign during the EU Referendum, Britain Stronger in Europe
  • Advice regarding Charity Commission compliance investigations/visits
  • Advising on Electoral Commission investigations
  • Advising an Islamic charity regarding allegations in the media and a resulting Charity Commission investigation
  • Advising a statutory office holder on governing legislation and procedural requirements
  • Assisting a participant in an independent inquiry
  • Advising a US non-profit on its options for incorporating in the UK as a charity or social enterprise

Qualifications and Career

  • Cardiff University, English Literature (first class) 2012
  • Cardiff University, Graduate Diploma in Law (distinction) 2013
  • BPP, Legal Practice Course, 2013 – 2015
  • Paralegal, Mishcon de Reya 2014 – 2015
  • Trainee Solicitor, Bates Wells Braithwaite 2015 – 2017
  • LLM Public International Law, University of London (ongoing)

Pro Bono, Memberships and Appointments

  • Assisting with several Electoral Commission regulatory investigations on a pro-bono basis following the 2016 EU Referendum and 2017 snap general election
  • Member of YPLG and Liberty advice line