Sara is an associate in our Charities team. She has been advising charities and not-for-profits for 12 years, both in private practice and in-house. She combines technical knowledge with a keen understanding of the internal and external issues charity and not-for-profit clients face, helping them achieve pragmatic solutions which balance risk and benefit.
Sara has split her career between private practice at Farrers and in-house roles (five years as Legal Counsel at the Wellcome Trust, followed by two years as General Counsel at The Old Vic). As such, she has first-hand knowledge of what in-house teams want from their external advisers and understands that technical legal advice is often only half of a trusted adviser’s role. Sara strives to provide clear, commercial and (wherever possible) actionable advice informed by clients’ objectives and with a careful eye to their constraints.
Sara advises on the full range of charity law issues. She has particular expertise of governance matters, having helped a number of membership charities streamline their governance arrangements and having advised extensively on governance issues in-house. She also has specific experience of charity property transactions, mergers, grant-making, charity incorporations, trading arrangements and restricted funds.
She advises charities across the board with a particular interest in charities with complex structures and those with public venues. She served as trustee of a women’s refugee charity for a number of years and so also appreciates the complexities of the trustee role from a personal perspective. Clients choose her for her clear advice, sound judgement and instant grasp of the differing stakeholders charities need to manage.
Member of the Charity Law Association and past member of Lawyers in Charities.