Julian has always applied commercial disciplines to his predominantly public benefit distributing client base. He is particularly involved with the application of corporate/commercial law to charities, social enterprises, educational institutions and socially focused business and the engagement between such organisations and the public sector. He has been interim head of the BWB Corporate & Commercial team and was joint head of the Charity & Social Enterprise team from 2011-17. From 2006 he developed BWB’s cross-departmental Commercial Services and Sector Group initiative, as an extension of the firm’s public benefit specialisation and is particularly engaged with the Public Services, Social Finance, Education and Health & Social Care teams. He promotes the European Commission Social Business Initiative perspective on Public Procurement and State Aid, challenging misconceptions within the UK. He is involved with national expert panels on Public Procurement and on Social Value, focusing particularly on Social Impact Measurement. He is especially interested in the new "innovation partnership" procedure, with its unique feature of permitting the combined procurement of the design and delivery of an innovative service.

He has, since 2012, supported a Social Business International initiative, E3M, a group of pioneering chief executives running large public service delivering social enterprises and an associated group of pioneering, progressive “bold” commissioners.

Julian’s areas of legal expertise include: commercial and charity law advice to charities, social enterprises, mission-led businesses and commercial organisations; formations and constitutional reorganisations; Charity Commission and sectoral regulation; joint ventures/mergers/business transfers; private, public and third sector contracts and funding arrangements; public procurement and state aid; education law; financial services; and competition law.

Examples of recent work

  • Expert advice and engagement in socially-focussed commercial projects for innovation, development and reform in public services, combining the application of commercial and public benefit law and the perspectives of the service supplier sector, central government public policy , local authority commissioning and social finance institutions.
  • Social Enterprise purpose-driven commercial work, including public service mergers, joint ventures, collaborations and general service contracts  
  • Further Education mergers in relation to the Government's systematic 2016 Area Review Programme
  • Public procurement and State aid structuring advice to national funding bodies, public service innovation projects and Social Enterprise recipients of contracts and grants and participation in a successful tender bid team in a competitive dialogue procedure for regulated contractual services
  • Public investment offerings and commercial contracts for community wind-farm, hydro and other environmentally focused projects
  • International licensing contracts, for example for the use of software providing ethical investment data
  • Commercial and competition law advice to social enterprise projects engaged in social service provision and fair-trade
  • Strategic implementation of public policy programmes in social care services, childrens’ and youth services; early years; extended schools; the 14-19 agenda and leadership in schools
  • Restructuring and advice in relation to promotional and support service projects for umbrella body serving London higher education institutions and in relation to HE institutions and social enterprise
  • Review of status, structure and organisation of a national networks of charities operating learning disability services; and the re-structuring of national networks delivering business education in schools and providing specific medical condition support across the UK
  • International charity work for US charities in relation to the establishment of UK associate charities and international grant-making, including a £75 million donation to the Rhodes Trust scholarship programme in Oxford University.

Qualifications and career

  • Oxford University, Modern History BA 1986
  • Guildford Law College, 1988
  • Trained at Bates Wells Braithwaite, 1989
  • Assistant solicitor at BWB, 1991
  • Partner at BWB, 1999
  • Co-Head of BWB Charity & Social Enterprise Department, 2011-17

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Rapporteur to a sub-group of the Commission for the Future of the Voluntary Sector (the Deakin Report 1996)
  • Adviser to The Campaign for Fair Contracts and author of the Campaign's Statement of Case, 2000
  • Former management committee member and member of Charity Law Association
  • Member of Charity Law Association working parties on Local Authority Contracts, 2000-2001. Cabinet Office Strategy Unit Review of the Voluntary Sector, 2002. The Charities Bill and 2006 Act, 2004-2006. Industrial and Provident Society Reform, 2004-2008. Public benefit and fee-charging, 2008
  • Chair of Institute of Fundraising working group on contracts between charities and fundraising agencies, 2004-2005
  • Member of Future-builders Purchasers' working group, 2004-2005
  • Member of UK National Advisory Board on Public Procurement and the Social Value Taskforce 2016-17
  • Trustee of Media Diversity Institute

Publications and lectures

  • Author of the chapter on UK charities in "Investment Management Law and Practice" published by Oxford University Press
  • Contributor to "Unlocking Socially Responsible Investment" published by the Charity Finance Directors' Group
  • Guidance on public procurement for the Compact Commission and for ACEVO
  • "Charitable Status: A Practical Handbook" 6th Edition (original author Andrew Phillips - Lord Phillips of Sudbury) - 2008 - publisher: Directory of Social Change
  • "Getting it Right Legally: (2005)” and “Getting it Right Legally (2) (2010) for Playwork Partnerships with associated national programme of seminars in England and Wales (2006-2010)
  • Contributions to: "Keeping it Legal - Legal Forms for Social Enterprises" for Social Enterprise London
  • Contributions to "Charities Administration Service" and "Charity Trading and the Law" for Jordans
  • Seminars for BWB/Directory of Social Change Annual Charity Law Conference; Jordan's Charity Conference; Charity Fair; Association of Colleges; Independent Schools' Council; Institute of Fundraising; Social Enterprise UK; NCVO; UnLtd; British Council and other client and public events
  • General Editor The Charities Acts Handbook 2016 – publisher Jordans
  •  “The art of the possible in public procurement" 2016 - co-written with Frank Villeneuve-Smith of HCT Group - The publication has been well received by the public benefit sector and representatives of central and local government.