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.

Examples of recent work

  • Acting for the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings and The National Energy Foundation on the spin out of the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes initiative from the Energy Saving Trust
  • Advising on a number of spin outs of services from public bodies into social enterprises, including establishing Hounslow Education Business Partnership as a separate enterprise to the London Borough of Hounslow and acting for Realise Futures CIC in relation to Suffolk County Council’s flagship 'divestment' programme
  • Establishing a number of charities and social enterprises, including the David Lynch Foundation UK and several community interest companies
  • Advising 3SC, a key organisation involved in the delivery of the government’s flagship Work Programme, on structural and sub-contracting arrangements

Qualifications and career

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

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • 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