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Abbie Rumbold

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Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Charity and social enterprise.


Partner in charity and social enterprise team. Recent work includes: Spin-out of various public sector services including: leisure, arts and culture, children’s services; Wide range of legal advice  (including governance, fundraising, contractual matters and social investment) to charity clients (inculding Children in Need; Comic Relief and Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID).


Trained Bates Wells Braithwaite; qualified 2001; partner 2007 to date. Former Office of the Third Sector Advisory Body member (by ministerial appointment), chair of Paypal Gving Fund and trustee of Fawcett Society. School governor. Publications of note: co-wrote and edited ‘Keeping it Legal: Legal Forms for Social Enterprise’ (published by Social Enterprise UK); contributor ‘Charities Administration Service’ (Jordans).


Charity Law Association; Labour Party; Compass; Fabian Society.


Shene School; Richmond upon Thames College; Cambridge University (1997 MA Economics); City University (1998); College of Law (1999 Distinction).



London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Leading individuals

Abbie Rumbold - Bates Wells Braithwaite

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 has particular expertise in the social enterprise sector and associate Lucy Rhodes ‘tenaciously digs away through historical documents to come up with highly useable advice and solutions’.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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London: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Offering an 'excellent level of service' Bates Wells Braithwaite combines public law specialists with those with regulatory, procurement, state aid, employment and property expertise. Led by the highly respected Melanie Carter the local government audit team is retained by the National Audit Office advising on areas such as local authority financing issue. The team was appointed by Canterbury City Council on the spin out of the Marlowe Theatre to a charity, the Marlowe Trust. It is also advising Wirral Borough Council on the potential spin out of its leisure and cultural services.  Abbie Rumbold heads the public services and Mutuals function and Erica Crump and senior associate Augustus Della-Porta  are noted names.

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