Consultant

Qualification and Experience

  • Trinity Hall, Cambridge University (Economics & Law)
  • Started in law (office boy) 1957
  • Admitted solicitor 1964
  • Trained in Sudbury, Suffolk. Solicitor with Pritchard Englefield and then Lawford & Co. in London before founding Bates Wells Braithwaite, London in 1970
  • Specialist in charity law (also works in business and defamation law)
  • Author of "The Living Law" (an introduction to law for young people) and "Charitable Status - A Practical Handbook" (in its 5th edition) for charity trustees and advisers and co-author of "Charity Investment - Law and Practice"
  • Co-founded the first trans-Europe lawyers grouping - the PARLEX GROUP -in 1971
  • Co-founder and first chairman of the Legal Action Group (LAG) in 1971
  • Founder (1988) and first Chairman of the Citizenship Foundation; now President
  • Initiated the Lawyers in the Community Scheme in 1987
  • Co-founder of the Solicitors Pro Bono Group in 1996 (LawWorks) of which he is now President
  • Patron and Trustee of various other charities.
  • Member of first board of Community Fund (National Lottery Charities Board)
  • Awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List in 1996 for 'establishing the Citizenship Foundation and for services to the law and young people'
  • Made a Life Peer in June 1998 (Libdem). Active
  • Has been non-executive director of many companies
  • Freelance journalist and regular broadcaster (inc. 26 years 'Legal Eagle' on BBC Jimmy Young show until 2001)
  • Member of Scott Trust (owns of Guardian, Observer etc) 1992-2002
  • Chancellor of the University of Essex (2003 - continuing)