I am a Cambridge graduate and second-career lawyer.
I qualified as a solicitor in 1992 following an initial career in business. After working in the firm’s commercial team, I gave up my legal practice to head Taylor Vinters for 10 years as its managing partner. On my return to legal work, I primarily advise charities, educational bodies and social ventures on a wide range of charity related and also HR issues.
I take a close interest in the strategic, political and economic changes affecting the charity sector and the wider world of work. The law lags behind the pace of these changes. This makes it ever more important to understand the imperatives of the organisation and provide appropriate solutions.
Outside the office, I am a co-founder and trustee of the Desmond Elliott Charitable Trust, which awards an annual literary prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, of £10,000 to the best first novel of the year. It has been recognised by the Daily Telegraph as “the UK’s most prestigious prize for debut fiction”. I have also previously served as trustee of an NHS charitable trust.
If you think I might be able to help your organisation, please get in touch.
Professional bodies and associations:
- Charity Law Association
- Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)