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Bates Wells
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Work Department

Charity and social enterprise.


Partner in charity and social enterprise department. Provide corporate and commercial, financial, charity and social enterprise law advice, including advice on charity and social enterprise formation and governance, mergers and trading activities, social and community finance, environmental financing, cross border charitable activity and philanthropy, electoral and campaigning law. Recent work includes restructuring of Charity Bank, advising investors into the Social Stock Exchange, the Luxembourg-listed Scope bond issue, Fair Finance and Abundance, advising Hackney Community Transport on its innovative social financing and loan note issue, advising the dual-qualified US-UK charitable foundation of a global investment bank on governance, regulatory compliance, taxation issues and international grant-making.


Trained Denton Wilde Sapte; qualified 2007; solicitor Slaughter and May 2007; joined Bates Wells Braithwaite 2008; partner 2014; director Friends of the Earth, England & Wales.


Charity Law Association; Environmental Law Association; Royal Society of the Arts.


Hurst Community School, Baughurst; Queen Mary’s College, Basingstoke; Hertford College, Oxford University (2001 BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics), College of Law (2004 CPE; 2005 LPC).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Electoral

(Hall of Fame)

Simon SteedenBates Wells

London > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Bates Wells is praised for its ‘focus on the charity sector with excellent knowledge of all relevant issues for organisations operating in this area – combined with its strong commercial practice, this is a winning combination’. Thea Longley heads the department that is recognised for its high-profile work on various cases. The sizeable team has built up niche expertise in many areas including faith-based expertise where Stephanie Biden leads on constitutional and governance issues relating to churches. Augustus Della-Porta leads on work with Muslim charities and Erica Crump leads a thriving practice that focuses on cultural charities. Philip Kirkpatrick is the deputy managing partner and Lawrence Simanowitz’s areas of specialism include advising on charity formations, governance, grants and contracts in addition to advising a whole host of international clients. Simon Steeden advises on many complex mergers and other issues including restructurings. It is an ‘extremely responsive‘ team. Rosamund McCarthy Etherington is now at Stone King LLP.