Diane Yarrow > Gardner Leader LLP > Maidenhead, England > Lawyer Profile

Gardner Leader LLP

Work Department

Corporate and commercial, Charities and not-for-profit


Diane is a Partner at Gardner Leader in the Commercial team. She is based in the Maidenhead and Newbury offices.

Diane has considerable experience of a broad range of corporate and commercial matters, including commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, business start-ups, restructuring, shareholder arrangements and exit, banking and re-financing projects, compliance and risk management, company secretarial and joint ventures.

Diane regularly acts for privately owned businesses or as outsourced UK legal counsel for the UK subsidiaries of multi-national organisations based in countries including the USA, China, Canada, Finland, Japan, Germany and the Netherlands.

For over 10 years, Diane has given transactional support and commercial legal advice to clients in relation to all stages of the waste cycle and to waste to energy/renewable energy clients. Ranked as a Band 1 Environment lawyer by Chambers UK 2015, Diane is noted by Chambers UK 2015 as being “held in high regard by her clients”.

Diane is also experienced in advising third sector clients on commercial, structuring and governance matters and has worked with a number of national and multi-national not for profit organisations, including charities and sporting organisations.

In addition to experience gained working as outsourced legal counsel for in-house teams, Diane has also worked in-house within the legal team of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games during 2010. During this time, Diane prepared contracts for the operation of various World Cup and other sporting events making up the London 2012 programme “London Prepares”.


UK Environmental Law Association
Charity Law Association
Board Member of Leap

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Gardner Leader LLP handles a broad range of corporate and commercial matters on behalf of start-ups, owner-managed businesses and investors. Recent matters include advising on cross-border sales and acquisitions, shareholder agreements and commercial arrangements.  Greg Humphreys, Diane Yarrow and recent hire Michal Freeman-Shor are the main advisers.

South East > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Gardner Leader LLP’s expertise covers charity formations and registrations, governance and constitutional advice, corporate and commercial matters, regulatory and Charity Act compliance. From the Newbury office, Alastair Goggins leads a team which includes Penny Wright and Maidenhead-based Diane Yarrow who are experienced in all areas of charity law and have a strong focus on contentious probate, regulatory compliance and trading and commercial activities.