Sarah advises a wide range of charities, not-for-profit organisations and businesses with social purposes on legal and commercial issues including governance, group structure, fund raising and campaigning. Sarah advises on company and charity law as well as regulatory law to established organisations. She also advises on the formation and registration of new charities and social enterprises.

Sarah is part of the Environment & Sustainability team. She has particular expertise in advising international not-for-profit organisations and has a specific interest in organisations committed to promoting sustainable development and preserving the natural environment.

Examples of recent work

  • Advising on international governance structures, including acting for a UK charity seeking to rationalise its multi-jurisdictional national office structure, and establishing the UK branch of an international charity
  • Advising on and establishing new charities, including CIOs, and trading subsidiaries
  • Advising on a number of mergers of charities and social enterprises, undertaking due diligence and drafting the related agreements
  • Advising a national charity on its local branch structure, including advice on mitigating risk and options for overhauling its key policy documents
  • Advising on grants and VAT
  • Advising on fundraising, including commercial participator and sponsorship agreements, lotteries regulation, competitions and free prize draws
  • Advising public sector organisations moving to become social enterprises on legal form and governance

Qualifications and career

  • First class BA (Hons) History, University of Nottingham, 2005-2008
  • Legal Practice Course (Distinction), Kaplan Law School, 2009-2010
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, Nottingham Law School, 2008-2009
  • Trainee solicitor, Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2010-2012
  • Admitted as a solicitor, September 2012 

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Trustee of The Bike Project
  • Trustee of Foodcycle
  • Secretary of the UK Crowdfunding Association (2012 – 2013)
  • Adviser at South West London Law Centres
  • Clinic co-ordinator at South West London Law Centre (2011-2012)
  • Member of UKELA (UK Environmental Law Association)
  • Member of CLA (Charity Law Association)