Mairead has been a member of Bates Wells Braithwaite's Charity and Social Enterprise team since 2007. Mairead advises charities and social enterprises on a range of commercial and charity law issues. She has particular expertise in the areas of data protection and information law.

Examples of recent work

  • Conducting data protection audits for major international charities and NGOs
  • Advising on complex cross-border data sharing arrangements
  • Producing model data protection policies
  • Advising on subject access requests and confidentiality issues
  • Drafting and advising on data collection statements
  • Advising on opt-ins, opt-outs and compliance with Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations
  • Advising on charity mergers and incorporations
  • Providing advice on governance and constitutional issues
  • Advising on professional fundraising and commercial participator agreements and statements
  • Advising on charity lotteries including society lotteries, free draws and competitions
  • Advising on legal issues relating to websites including website terms and conditions, rules on interactive content and website moderation
  • In-house legal training for various charity clients

Qualifications and career

  • Cambridge University, BA Law, 2002
  • Qualified as a solicitor in 2006 at Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Joined BWB in 2007

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • Trustee of GFS Platform (6 years)
  • Member of the Charity Law Association

Publications and lectures

  • Author of e-book, Data Protection for Fundraisers
  • Legal editor of “Protecting data, protecting people” CFG guide produced for third sector
  • Legal talks at DSC, Institute of Fundraising, Trade Associations Forum
  • Various opinion pieces/ blogs in Civil Society on data protection and consumer contract legislation
  • Author of article Data Protection, Threats to Charities in Governance Magazine
  • Preparation of BWB’s response to ICO consultation on data protection and journalism (which was successful in persuading the ICO to alter its guidance in favour of charity clients)