Sinead is a Solicitor in our Charities Team. She joined Birketts in March 2021 and is based in the Cambridge office.
Sinead advises charity and other not for profit clients on a range of matters, including establishment and incorporation, legal structures, mergers and restructuring (including CIO incorporations), collaborations and commercial arrangements, governance (including constitutional reviews and trustee duties), trading (including relationships with trading subsidiaries), funding and fundraising, identifying and releasing permanent endowment, serious incident reporting, and general charity law.
Sinead has further specific experience with charity and school property matters, having acted on disposals (in full and in part) and acquisitions of charity and school land, including transactions requiring approval from the Charity Commission and the DfE. She has also acted on a broad range of academy and school converter projects in the education sphere, including complex projects involving PFI arrangements.
Prior to joining Birketts, Sinead worked as a paralegal and trained at renowned charity and education law firms in London for several years. During this time, she was seconded to work on the restructure of a large federated charity and its 200+ branches. She was later seconded to work at a national housing charity, acting on a variety of transactions stemming from the charity’s complex property portfolio and equity sharing scheme.
Prior to entering private practice, Sinead spent three years working in partnership roles within the charity sector. Having worked both at charities and in private practice, she enjoys taking an empathetic, commercial and pragmatic approach to client issues.
Sinead speaks at seminars and webinars on topics relevant to the charity sector. She also features as a speaker on the firm’s Charity Trustee Induction and Refresher Training, which provides charity trustees and senior managers with essential training on the role and responsibilities of charity trustees. Sinead also writes articles for Essential Trustee - the firm’s newsletter for charity trustees and senior managers – on relevant news and topical issues facing the sector.