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.
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".
Andrew regularly gives talks and seminars for charities and not-for-profit organisations on mergers, collaborative working, and on 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 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 Action for Blind People on its on-going association with RNIB and the transfer of all RNIB’s direct services in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to Action
- Advising International Water Association on its participation in the “Aquarating” project, a project designed to assess services supplied by water utilities globally, supported by the International Development Bank
- Advising Catch 22 on its merger with Only Connect
- Advising World Vision on a number of fundraising related matters
- Voluntary Service Overseas on their arrangements with the Department for International Development and subcontractors on the International Citizen Service
- Postal Heritage Trust on its financing arrangements with Royal Mail and Post Office in respect of its new museum and archive
- Adventure Capital Fund and Social Investment Business on a number of social investment related matters including their participation in Social and Sustainable Capital LLP
- 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 in anticipation of an injection of new capital from Big Society Capital
- Working on various business transfers either as part of an internal group reorganisation or as a partial merger
- Advising a local Age UK on the establishment of a national service for older people within the confines of the Age UK national partnership arrangements
- Working with various clients on subcontracting arrangements as part of a consortium of providers and on the TUPE implications of such arrangements
- Assisting a number of major grant making charities on their subscription for 'social impact bonds' in relation to the Peterborough Prison Offender rehabilitation project. St Giles Trust, one of our other clients is delivering services funded by the bond on a payment by results contract
- The Association of Charitable Organisations and a number of benevolent funds, on the recent Charity Tribunal hearing into the public benefit requirements of certain benevolent funds which focus on a group of individuals linked to particular employers
- Working with a number of service delivery charities on aspects of sub contracts with "prime contractors" under the Work Programme
- Establishing a joint venture company for a number of leading disability charities to bid for contracts under the Work Programme
- Working on a number of mergers of charities by way of grouping arrangements or transfers of business including Plan UK on its merger with Interact Worldwide, Volunteering England on its merger with NCVO, Royal Blind Society for the UK on its merger with Royal London Society for Blind People, and a number of local infrastructure organisations
- 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 (2014) note that he is characterised by clients as a friendly and efficient charities lawyer with a strong client care ethic.
- Praised for his ability to explain charity law in layman's terms: "He is particularly good at working with non-legal people; he is very good at distilling complex arguments into plain English.", Chambers UK (2013)
- "Sources say: "In terms of his skill as a lawyer, we would rate that very highly. I've never had any advice from him that we would question - it's always first-rate", Chambers UK (2012)
- "Sure footed, and good at finding solutions" , The Legal 500 (2011)
- Ranked as a 'leading individual', "He gets to the nub of issues quickly', The Legal 500 (2012) and (2013)
- Member of the Charity Law Association and has contributed to a number of working parties, including the CLA's submission to the Law Commission on Social Investment
- Sits on the Finance and Audit Committee of Care International UK
- 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