Associate

Experience

Oliver is an Associate in the Charity & Social Enterprise department and currently advises a range of clients across the charity, social enterprise, responsible business and impact investing space.

His work involves advising on a broad range of legal and commercial issues, ranging from corporate structure, establishment, governance, regulatory matters, strategy and financings. He has a particular interest in the interplay between business and human rights, in particular the development, application and impact of the Modern Slavery Act.

Oliver trained and gained private practice experience with Pinsent Masons LLP and has also worked as legal counsel for 8 Miles LLP (a pan-African private equity fund) and Triple Point (an alternative investment management firm). This previous experience focused primarily on project finance, venture capital and private equity transactions, and also included a wide range of general corporate and commercial matters.

Examples of Recent Work

  • Advice in relation to the establishment of charities, corporate foundations, Community Interest Companies, B Corporations and social enterprises
  • Advising on charity mergers and general restructurings
  • Advising on governance and regulatory issues, conflict of interest and general reviews of charitable status
  • Advising corporates and social enterprises on the adoption of profit with purpose governance structures
  • Advising on the structuring of investment activities, including in relation to Social Investment Tax Relief, social impact bonds, and the investment activity of charitable foundations
  • Advising on equity and debt capital raising by charities and social enterprises
  • Advising on a range of commercial contracts
  • Advising an influential think tank on a high profile Charity Commission regulatory review of its activities
  • Secondment to Open Society Foundation, April – May 2018
  • Secondment to Alan Turing Institute, July 2018 to current

Qualifications and Career

  • English degree (BA Hons) Durham University, 2002
  • Care Internship Scheme: researcher for MP and completed one year academic course in politics, bioethics, philosophy and theology, 2002 – 2003
  • Project Officer with the International Centre for Reconciliation, a Middle East conflict resolution agency working across West Africa, and the Middle East (in particular, Israel, Palestine and Iraq) 2003 – 2005
  • BPP Law School (GDL and LPC), 2005 – 2007
  • Pinsent Masons LLP
  • 8 Miles LLP – in house counsel
  • Triple Point Investment Management LLP – in house counsel

Pro Bono, Memberships and Appointments

  • Trustee & Company Secretary of The Transformational Business Network
  • Trustee of The Brazzaville Foundation
  • CEDR accredited mediator (2015)
  • Appointed to a working group of the Centre for Social Justice (2019)
  • Previously trustee of Only Connect