Augustus advises charity and social enterprise clients on commercial, contractual, governance and charity law matters. He provides advice on contracts, funding agreements, mergers, governance and constitutional issues, collaborative working and intellectual property. He also advises on restructuring, particularly on spinning out from local and central government. He works with a broad range of not-for-profit clients, particularly public sector services, Muslim and other faith-based organisations, sports organisations, trade associations, international not-for-profit organisations and organisations working in the Arab region.

Examples of recent work

  • Advising Qatari and Egyptian not-for-profit organisations on the establishment of UK charities
  • Advising a trade association on incorporating
  • Advising a music service on its spin out from a local authority
  • Transfer of children’s services from Richmond and Kingston local authorities to Achieving for Children CIC
  • Advising a local authority on its suite of grant documentation
  • Restructure of a multi-sports club as a charity with a trading subsidiary
  • Advising a Muslim charity on a joint venture to build on Islamic centre
  • Transfer of heritage services from Somerset and Devon County Councils to South West Heritage Trust

Qualifications and career

  • University of Kent, Theology, (including a year in Israel and Palestine), 1998
  • English teacher, Damascus, Syria, 1998-2002 
  • Volunteer advisor at a Citizens’ Advice Bureau, 2002
  • Advisor and director of charities providing advice and support to refugees, 2002
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course, 2007
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite in 2007
  • Admitted as a solicitor in 2009
  • Became an associate in 2012
  • Became a partner in 2018

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Numerous pro bono advice to charities, particularly these providing aid to victims of the Syrian conflict and civil society organisations in the Arab regions
  • Co-ordinating BWB’s pro bono advice with LawWorks
  • Member of the Charity Law Association and Solicitor’s International Human Rights Group 
  • Trustee of Educate A Child - International