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Stephanie Biden

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Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Charity and social enterprise.


Partner. Advises on establishing new charities and social enterprises, and assists charities with mergers, reorganisations and constitutional reviews. Regularly advises on governance, grant-making, fundraising, equality and discrimination issues, corporate philanthropy and regulatory action by the Charity Commission, with a particular interest in advising faith-based charities and international non-profit organisations. Recent work includes advising on two mergers each involving two charities in the health and medical research sector; advising CAFOD the official international development agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales on its incorporation; advising the McCall MacBain Foundation, a grant-making organisation, on a £75m donation to the Rhodes Trust; advising on the registration of the Marriage Foundation as a charity and the conversion of StreetBank CIC to a charity (both of which had previously were initially refused charitable status); and acting as specialist advisor to the pre-legislative scrutiny committee (a joint committee of both Houses of Parliament) on what became the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016.


Trained BWB; qualified 2005; partner 2013. Previously worked as a legal fellow with International Justice Mission in Thailand, 2003. Voluntary work experience in the UK, Ukraine, China and Thailand. Contributor to Jordan’s ‘Charities – The New Law 2006 – A Practical Guide to the Charities Acts’.


Charity Law Association (including its working group on the Equality Act); Trustee of Breaking Barriers; Trustee of Stewardship; Trustee of Tearfund; former secretary and founding committee member of the Solicitors’ International Human Rights Group (2005-07), co-ordinating its work on human trafficking, including evidence to Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry; The House of St Barnabas.


Travel, theatre, film, hosting an occasional supperclub raising funds for small charities, skiing.

London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Bates Wells Braithwaite  ‘takes the times to understand its clients’ values and priorities and then gives advice that is accurate and practical’. The ‘very industriousPhilip Kirkpatrick heads the department and is an ‘imaginative and resourceful thinker’. Thea Longley  ‘attracts high-profile clients and retains their confidence’. Rosamund McCarthy provides ‘clear and sensible advice and works within deadlines’ and Stephanie Biden  provides a ‘consistently excellent service’. Luke Fletcher  gives ‘excellent advice and guidance’ and Laura Soley  is ‘very experienced and level-headed’. Lawrence Simanowitz  is praised for his ‘excellent communication skills and knowledge’. Abbie Rumbold  has particular expertise in the social enterprise sector and associate Lucy Rhodes ‘tenaciously digs away through historical documents to come up with highly useable advice and solutions’. Augustus Della-Porta  is now a partner and Julian Blake  joined Stone King LLP  Clients include Oxfam and the RNIB. The group continues to advise the Royal Albert Hall on various high profile and complex governance and constitutional issues relating to the Hall’s constitution – the constitution was created by Royal Charter and several acts of parliament dating back to 1876. The Samaritans, National Federation of Women’s Institutes and BBC Children in Need are also clients.

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