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Tom Pratt

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Charity, Culture + Creative


Tom provides a wide range of contractual, commercial and governance advice to charities, social enterprises, commercial organisations and creative businesses and individuals. Tom advises on a variety of commercial and charity law matters, including in relation to start ups, collaborative working and (re)structuring, funding, contractual arrangements, intellectual property (including copyright) and governance and constitutional issues.

Tom has a particular focus on working with cultural and creative clients (a former trustee of Dance United) and is a core member of BWB’s Culture + Creative team.


  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2004
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 2006
  • Three months working as legal assistant with Tate Gallery, 2006


  • Former Trustee of Dance United
  • Member of the Charity Law Association
  • Works with a number of charities on a pro bono basis, including Prison Radio Association
  • Regular speaker on charity law and social enterprise law, including with The School for Social Enterpreneurs and Law Works
  • Contributor to a number of publications, including Third Sector and Jordans Charities Administration Service


  • Nottingham University, BSC (Joint Hons) Maths & Philosophy, 1995
  • Worked in Tokyo, Japan as an English teacher and translator, 1996
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, Post-graduate Diploma in Law, 2002
  • Chester College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2003

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s expertise spans the arts, theatre, advertising, film and TV. The team advises the British Film Institute (BFI) on a range of issues including real estate, governance, fundraising, data protection, valuation and audience development; other clients include Arts Council England, which it advises on data protection matters; English National Opera, which it advises on employment matters and recently advised on a commercial property acquisition and gift aid project; and The Space CIC, a joint venture between the BBC and Arts Council England, which it advises on review, restructuring, and real estate matters. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), Science Museum Group, Royal Albert Hall and Booker Prize Foundation are also clients. Head of advertising and marketing Rupert Earle is ‘highly experienced in advertising law and regulation’ and is ‘knowledgeable, calm, careful, thorough, and displays good judgement’. Erica Crump co-heads the culture and creative team with associates Molly Waiting, who is an ‘absolute star’, and Tom Pratt. Lawrence Simanowitz is noted for his media and arts expertise.

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