Our Team

Our documents have been created by this expert team of Bates Wells lawyers. These individuals are truly passionate about helping charities and social enterprise navigate the legal environment successfully.

  • Alex Jameson

    Alex Jameson


    Alex is a Solicitor in the Data Privacy team where he advises a wide range of charities, social enterprises, cultural and creative institutions and commercial organisations.

  • Alice Faure Walker

    Alice Faure Walker

    Senior Consultant

    Alice is part of the Charity and Social Enterprise team. She has particular experience of constitutional issues, charity secretarial practice and charity legacies and has contributed to a number of charity law publications.

  • Augustus Della-Porta

    Augustus Della-Porta


    Augustus advises on commercial, contractual, governance and charity law matters, working with a broad range of clients, particularly public sector services, Muslim and other faith-based organisations, international not-for-profit organisations and organisations in the Arab region.

  • Bill Lewis

    Bill Lewis


    Bill advises on all aspects of taxation affecting charities (VAT, PAYE, corporation tax) with a 33 year career that has encompassed HMRC, big 4 accountants, industry, and for the last 20 years has specialised in charities.

  • Hannah Lyons

    Hannah Lyons

    Senior Associate

    Hannah advises charities, social business and other not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of legal matters including charity formations, mergers and incorporations and constitutional and regulatory compliance.

  • Jess Collings

    Jess Collings


    Jess is a solicitor in the Public & Regulatory and Charity & Social Enterprise teams, specialising in advising on general regulatory matters, constitutional issues and charity law compliance for charities and non-profit organisations.

  • Joanna Howard

    Joanna Howard


    Joanna works in the Public and Regulatory Law department. Her broader areas of practice include specialisms in information law (particularly data protection and preparations for GDPR), education, safeguarding and health and social care.

  • Louise Rea

    Louise Rea

    Senior Associate

    Louise works in the Employment team and previously focused on retail and education sectors. Louise also is an experienced legal trainer and is a Tribunal advocate who has successfully represented both Claimants and Respondents.

  • Lucy McLynn

    Lucy McLynn

    Partner and Head of Employment

    Lucy is ranked by Chambers UK legal directory as a 'Leader in Employment', and recommended by the Legal 500 directory. She is a regular advocate in the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

  • Mairead O'Reilly

    Mairead O'Reilly

    Senior Associate

    Mairead is part of the Charity and Social Enterprise team. Mairead advises charities and social enterprises on a range of commercial and charity law issues, with particular expertise in data protection and information law.

  • Mathew Healey

    Mathew Healey

    Partner & Head of Trade Marks

    Mat is a chartered trade mark attorney and heads up our IP and trade marks team. He has over 15 years’ experience of assisting clients with registration and protection of their intellectual property rights.

  • Molly Carew-Jones

    Molly Carew-Jones


    Molly is a solicitor in the Charity & Social Enterprise team and specialises in advising on fundraising law including commercial participation, professional fundraising, corporate sponsorship and society lottery regulation.

  • Paul Seath

    Paul Seath


    Paul is a partner in the Employment team, specialising in all areas of employment law including: recruitment and termination, contract change, discrimination prevention and litigation, grievances, whistleblowing, data protection and much more.

  • Rebecca  Rider

    Rebecca Rider


    Rebecca has experience of advising on all aspects of commercial property transactions as well as advising a range of funders and charitable foundations on the provision of grants and loans.

  • Tesse Akpeki

    Tesse Akpeki

    Lead Governance Consultant

    Tesse is a consultant, trainer and Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution accredited mediator. She was formerly head of governance and trustee services at the NCVO and has worked extensively with third sector organisations.

  • Thea Longley

    Thea Longley


    Thea works with a broad range of not-for-profit organisations. Her work for charities and social enterprises includes: start-ups, constitutional advice, and governance reviews. She also advises charities on contracts, grant agreements and fundraising contracts.