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Abbie Rumbold

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Bates Wells

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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

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Bates Wells has a large and dedicated charities practice that handles the full array of matters. The first-class team has recently been advising on various safeguarding matters as well as on some of the most complex and high-profile matters for household name organisations. The department also continues to advise many important charities on highly confidential pre-investigation compliance cases as well as investigations by the Charity Commission. The well-regarded Philip Kirkpatrick heads the charities and social enterprises department which includes: Rosamund McCarthy, who has a high profile in the charity sector acting for top 100 charities on governance and complex regulatory matters; Lawrence Simanowitz, who has a strong presence in the environment sector; newly-promoted senior partner Stephanie Biden, who is 'thorough, hardworking and efficient'; Thea Longley, who covers start-ups, constitutional advice (including restructuring), and governance reviews; Abbie Rumbold, who specialises in establishing charities created as spin-outs from the public sector; 'bright and astute' Laura Soley, who leads the firm’s expert trusts and legacies group; Erica Crump, who leads the culture and creative cross-departmental team; senior associate Pippa Garland; and associate Lucy Rhodes. Louise Haran, Victoria Schneider and Mathew Healey were all promoted to the partnership.

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London: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

The team at Bates Wells is well know for its specialisms in advising local government auditors and advising in relation to mutuals. It has advised on audits in relation to over 40 local authorities, including on some high-profile cases such as the budget deficit of Northamptonshire Council. It advises public sector mutuals and spin-out organisations who are using such vehicles to provide key public services. Abbie Rumbold and Melanie Carter are the experts in these areas, together with Emma Dowden-Teale and Augustus Della-Porta, who also bring charity/social enterprise and social care expertise.

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