Nicole Reed
Senior Associate

Nicole is a Senior Associate Solicitor in our Charity & Social Enterprise team, advising charities, social enterprises and businesses.

She is a member of the Charity Law Association and a member of Stone King’s Social Finance and Care groups, working together with colleagues from our Corporate and Commercial team.

Nicole is a lead representative for corporate social responsibility within the firm and is a volunteer and trustee outside of work. She is a Portuguese speaker and has been involved in a number of Brazilian-focused organisations over the past 15 years, including Lex Anglo-Brasil, an organisation established to facilitate links between British and Brazilian lawyers.

Nicole advises charities, social enterprises, businesses and individuals on a range of issues including:

  • establishment and registration with the Charity Commission;
  • selection of legal structures and conversion;
  • structuring and restructuring of group organisations (including parent companies, trading subsidiaries, national and international arrangements);
  • formation and governance of corporate foundations;
  • governance reviews, including constitutional amendments, action plans and trustee training;
  • collaborations, mergers and asset transfers;
  • liaising with the Charity Commission on constitutional and regulatory matters, such as inquiries and serious incident reports;
  • fundraising (with charities and with professional fundraisers); 
  • public service delivery contracts.

Nicole regularly provides training for trustees and executives on trustee duties, charity governance and a range of other topics.

Nicole is a member of our Social Finance team and an active participant in E3M, an organisation bringing together social enterprise leaders, public service commissioners and social funders to foster the development of social enterprise ‘eco-systems’ and their role in public service delivery. She has worked together with Big Society Capital on suggested reforms to Social Investment Tax Relief and is interested in widening access for charities and social enterprises to alternative funding streams.

Nicole read History at Downing College, University of Cambridge and completed her postgraduate degree in Law at BPP and Kaplan Law School, London. She trained at Farrer & Co and joined Stone King on qualification.

Outside of work, Nicole is involved in a number of organisations related to Brazilian culture and enjoys music, dance and climbing mountains, whenever possible.

  • Establishing a number of corporate foundations and advising on structure and governance inter-relationships between group entities.
  • Supporting an entrepreneur and philanthropist in the creation of a charity and the structuring of a significant gift to the charity.
  • Co-ordinating the merger of two North London charities involving a large property portfolio and varied complexities. 
  • Guiding a number of asset transfers and project hive-offs involving charities and non-charities.
  • Carrying out governance reviews, supporting external investigations and providing advice and next step recommendations for a number of charities working internationally.
  • Supporting several livery companies in relation to charity governance and compliance.