Andrew is a partner in the charity and social business team advising charities, social enterprises, trade associations and other membership and not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of charity and company law issues.
His expertise include constitutional and governance matters, commercial and service delivery contracts, mergers and incorporations, grant funding arrangements, joint ventures, collaborative working arrangements and reorganisations. He also advises on data protection issues relating to the new GDPR.
Andrew is ranked as a leading individual in The Legal 500 (2019). In Chambers UK (2019) he is described as "approachable and good to talk things through with".
Andrew regularly gives talks and seminars for charities and not-for-profit organisations on mergers, collaborative working, and the implications of contracting for public services.
Andrew trained and spent over ten years at a leading international law firm advising on mergers and acquisitions including two years running their India office in New Delhi. He joined one of the leading firms advising the charity sector and became a partner in 2006. He joined Russell-Cooke as a partner in the charity and social business team in May 2008.
- Advising on numerous sector mergers in particular Action for Blind People on its merger with RNIB, Arthritis Care on its merger with Arthritis Research UK, and Beating Bowel Cancer on its merger with Bowel Cancer UK
- Advising 4Children’s trustee board on their duties in relation to the financial position of the charity, its subsequent administration and the transfer of much of its business to Action for Children
- Advising Catch 22 on its merger with Only Connect and subsequently advising Community Links Trust on becoming a member of the wider Catch 22 group Advising World Vision on a number of fundraising and data management related matters
- Voluntary Service Overseas on their arrangements with the Department for International Development and subcontractors on the International Citizen Service
- The Postal Museum on its financing arrangements with Royal Mail and Post Office in respect of its new museum and archive
- Advising on a number of the larger grant making charities on the reorganisation of Charity Bank following it ceasing to be a registered charity and the implications of an injection of new capital from Big Society Capital
- Assisting a number of major grant making charities on their subscription for 'social impact bonds' in relation to the Peterborough Prison Offender rehabilitation project one of the first of its kind.
- The Association of Charitable Organisations and a number of benevolent funds, on the Charity Tribunal hearing into the public benefit requirements of certain benevolent funds which focus on a group of individuals linked to particular employers
- Clients say he is "very good, flexible and positive," and that "he always helps us find solutions to our challenges", Chambers UK (2018)
- In Chambers UK (2017) one client says "He understands the issue immediately and takes a pragmatic approach". Clients particularly praise his "ability to have an honest conversation that leads to easy decision-making".
- Recognised as a 'leader in his field' in The Legal 500 (2017)
- "in-depth knowledge of the charity sector and a genuine interest in it. He totally supports clients when they have to make key investment decisions and when they are reviewing their governance procedures", The Legal 500 (2017)
- Chambers UK note that he is characterised by clients as a friendly and efficient charities lawyer with a strong client care ethic.
- "Sure footed, and good at finding solutions", The Legal 500
- Member of the Charity Law Association and has contributed to a number of working parties.
- Sat on the Finance and Audit Committee of Care International UK for 10 years
- Trustee of Desta Consortium, a social enterprise established by a number of voluntary organisations based in Hammersmith & Fulham to act as a vehicle to enable the local voluntary sector to compete for public sector contracts, and Seebeyondborders UK, a charity which supports the development of teachers in Cambodia
Co-author of The Russell-Cooke Voluntary Sector Legal Handbook 2010 published by the Directory of Social Change