Patron’s Lunch Report: Bates Wells quoted in Third Sector and UK Fundraising

Following the launch of a new report detailing the benefits of HM The Queen’s patronage on charities and social enterprises, Third Sector and UK Fundraising have featured Bates Wells in their coverage of the report’s key findings. You can read both publications’ articles by clicking here and here.


The report, entitled “A Feast of Thanks: The Patron’s Lunch and the value of patronage”, was launched by BWB’s Impact & Advisory team in partnership with The Patron’s Fund. Through research undertaken by Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness, the report surveyed 220 UK-based charities (all of which benefit from HM The Queen’s patronage) and revealed that: 

  • The Queen’s charities consider her patronage to be ‘unique.’ It is a ‘seal of approval, ‘a gold standard of trust, inspiration and recognition’, according to one of those surveyed
  • Organisations are immensely proud of the patronage – pride felt amongst the charities’ staff, volunteers and beneficiaries
  • The Queen’s role as a volunteer is inspirational and sets a standard for UK volunteering. The Scouts Association said The Queen’s own dedication to community service ‘inspires the next generation of 573,000 UK members to a lifetime of service and volunteering’

Marking the launch of the report, Jim Clifford OBE, Head of Impact & Advisory at law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite, said: “This report highlights important insights into just how crucial this form of patronage is in helping charities raise awareness of their causes. Above all, this research highlighted how this type of partnership can continue to flourish if steps are taken by charities to engage as fully as possible with their patron.

“I hope that this report will act as a springboard for further discussion about how charities and social enterprises can benefit further from this rich and deep association with the world’s longest serving monarch.”

If you would like to receive further information about the report, please contact us using the below details:

Sam Hunter

Senior Press Officer, Bates Wells Braithwaite
+44 (0) 207 551 7906
+44 (0) 7393 463 041
[email protected]



This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of July 12, 2017.