Erika Clarke


Legal Director

[Erika has] "in-depth knowledge of the charity sector and a sensible approach".

Legal 500 UK 2017

Experience

Erika qualified as a Solicitor in October 1987 and joined Birketts in 2008. She is a commercial lawyer with a particular specialism in advising a wide range of charity and social enterprise clients including animal welfare charities, charities carrying out services in the community and bidding for and taking on public sector contracts, independent schools and those operating in the social housing sector. Erika has significant experience in contracting and funding arrangements, tendering and procurement procedures as well as charity governance, mergers and collaborations. She also advises on state aid in the context of public funding. 

Her work has seen her engage with regulators, both the Charity Commission and Independent Schools Team at the DfE (Department of Education) and, over the last year in addition to mergers, collaborations and contracting arrangements, she has been advising on questions of permanent endowment, charity powers, charity structures and, in tandem with Private Client Team colleagues, on interests in legacies. 

Erika has spoken at seminars hosted by Birketts and accountants advising in the charities and not for profit sector respectively on the topics of charity collaborations and mergers and on charity governance.

Erika is also an experienced public procurement lawyer and advises on a range of complex procurement-related matters including challenges to procurement procedures being run by public or quasi-public bodies. She has advised on major projects (including accommodation based PPPs and ICT procurements), outsourcings, joint ventures and significant commercial contracts across a range of sectors. In addition to her work in the charities and not for profit sector, she has acted for central government departments and agencies, commissioners and providers in the NHS, local authorities, HE and FE institutions and academies. Erika has also acted for private sector and third sector consortia bidding for major projects.

Erika is based at our Norwich office.

Other Information

Erika is recommended by Legal 500 [UK 2019] for her work in Education, Corporate and Commercial, and EU and Competition, and is listed in the elite 'Leading Lawyers' list of lawyers nationwide for her work in the Charities and Social Enterprise Team. In previous editions she is praised for her "in-depth knowledge of the charity sector and a sensible approach". In previous editions she is described as the "knowledgeable, tenacious projects expert". She was also recognised for her "all-round excellent" expertise in the health sector and is recommended for her education practice where her team is described as "responsive and understands the needs of clients."

Legal 500 Leading Individual 2019