Solicitor

Experience

Alistair is a solicitor in the Public & Regulatory team, and assists with matters across their practice. Having joined BWB from a regulator, Alistair worked first as a paralegal and then as a trainee specialising in public law. He has worked with a range of public bodies, regulators, charities and social enterprises, and private sector bodies. As well as advising in relation to general public law matters (including judicial review), Alistair has assisted in matters involving local government law (particularly public audit), freedom of information and data protection, public rights of way, and regulatory law.

Examples of Recent Work

  • Acting for public bodies in two sets of judicial review proceedings, including preparing advice on procedural matters, such as the admissibility of expert evidence
  • Working with public bodies and auditors involved in the audit of local government bodies, both in connection with the local audit statutory framework and substantive issues arising from local government decision making
  • Successfully bringing judicial review proceedings on behalf of a charity client in relation to an unlawful decision of a planning inspector
  • Advising a public body on its powers to issue statutory and non-statutory guidance, and the content of that guidance
  • Assisting in the preparation and drafting of a section 73 Charities Act 2011 scheme to consolidate and amend five sets of legislation governing a charity, including advice on statutory powers and duties
  • Acting for a professional regulator in relation to complex and multi-jurisdictional disciplinary proceedings
  • Advising a number of clients on data protection queries, including in relation to fundraising, data breaches, and a review of a public body’s data protection policies
  • Delivering training to auditors of local authorities on their statutory powers
  • Providing training on the use of Public Spaces Protection Orders in relation to face to face fundraising
  • Advising a number of clients on the application of the reporting requirements under the Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • Providing training on judicial review

Qualifications and Career

  • University of Cambridge, BA (Erasmus) Law, 2011
  • Intern, South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional Law, 2011
  • Kaplan Law School, Bar Professional Training Course, 2012
  • Case Officer, Bar Standards Board, 2012
  • Paralegal, Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2012
  • BPP University, Legal Practice Course, 2015
  • Trainee solicitor, Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2015
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2017

Pro Bono, Memberships and Appointments

  • Volunteer Case Worker, Brent Private Tenants’ Rights Group, 2011-12
  • Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (called July 2013)
  • Member of the Administrative Law Bar Association, the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers and the Young Public Lawyers Group
  • Advisor at the South West London Law Centre