Welcome to My Website
I mainly work on Co-op Law:
Try the Useful Links page for co-op, law and policy sites in the UK and Continental Europe.
I’m a consultant with DWF LLP Solicitors, of Manchester.
Help yourself to a few of my old and not so old articles on co-ops free to download
- Feedback, comments and suggestions are welcome.
A completely revised edition of my Handbook of Co-operative and Community Benefit Society Law is out in September 2014 as an ebook and hardback. It is published by Co-operatives UK with Jordans to coincide with the new consolidated Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014. I edited it and wrote it jointly with a team of colleagues from a range of organisations, probably including ABCUL, the FCA, Trowers and Hamlins, Anthony Collins Solicitors, Capsticks. You can order a copy here
I also work on UK and EU Co-operative and Mutuals Law as researcher, writer and consultant. I am a member of the Study Group on European Co-operative Law (SGECOL).
I served on the European Commission Working Group on Co-operative Legislation and was actively involved with the development, drafting and passage, by the UK Parliament, of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 2002 and the Co-operatives and Community Benefits Societies Acts 2003 and 2010.
I served as a member of the HM Treasury Working Groups on the reform of both Co-operative and Credit Union Law in the UK in the run up to the enactment of the 2011 LRO which updated aspects of industrial and provident society and credit union law. I currently serve on the Technical Committee of Co-operative UK and Locality‘s Community Shares Unit.
In December 2010, I completed a review of Bahrain Co-operative Law for the Co-operative College, Manchester as part of a project financed by DFID.
With colleagues Kevin Jaquiss and Cliff Mills of Cobbetts LLP (now DWF LLP), I was involved in preparing Cobbetts Advice to the FSA of March 2012 on the registration conditions for co-operatives and community benefit societies. In early 2014 I worked with the FCA as an independent consultant on the development of Guidance in the light of consultation responses on that Advice. A final version is due out in Autumn 2014.
I wrote the UK Chapter for the International Handbook on Co-operative Law and the WestlawUK Insight article on industrial and provident societies. I was also involved with the organisation of the SGECOL Seminar on Co-operative law in Europe at Co-operatives United in Manchester in November 2012.
Since June 2014 I have worked through DWF LLP with the Co-operative Group on the reform of its governance system.
In my “spare time” I am a practising Buddhist, a member of both the Labour and Co-operative Parties with Libertarian Socialist tendencies and a supporter of Transition Town Harborough.
I live in Leicestershire and am a husband, father and grandfather.