About us

At Bates Wells, we’re not the average law firm. We believe that actions speak louder than words. We strive to do the right thing and help our clients to make a positive impact on their people and society.

We encourage everyone to develop, innovate and participate in activities to promote a truly equal, diverse and inclusive environment. Our Diversity & Inclusion Forum (DIF), led by two partners and our HR Director, brings together the elements which make for a diverse and inclusive culture.

Our people are our most important asset and we work to ensure that Bates Wells feels like a safe home.  Whether that is through Bates Wellness – our specially trained team dedicated to ensuring that everyone has a positive experience at work to feel valued and supported, or our DIF recruitment and retention group which focuses on recruitment and retention issues across all the DIF areas and beyond, our people are our key focus.

We know that a diverse workplace doesn’t just happen, so we have started to implement steps to help bring about that change. For example, where available in recruitment we use contextual recruitment processes and specific diversity-focused agencies to recruit to meet our goals. We’re also partnered with Diverse Jobs Matter as part of our commitment to increasing representation from underrepresented groups at the firm.

We’re on a mission

As a values-driven firm serving values-driven clients, we have always worked with them to create positive impact. From winning worker status in the ground-breaking Uber Supreme Court case  for an estimated 5.5 million workers in the gig economy to representing the former trustees of Kids Company in their successful challenge to the Official Receiver’s decision to attempt to disqualify them as directors following the charity’s unfortunate insolvency, Bates Wells has been at the forefront of positive cases to defend or bring positive change in society and defend those bringing about that change.

Such a mission has always been a driving force for the firm. From initiating the Legal Action Group to promote equal access to justice across society in 1971, to gaining charitable status for the LGBTQ+ helpline in 1987, right through to representing Coleman v Attridge Law on a pro-bono basis in 2008, we’re not afraid to challenge the status quo.

Bates Wells is a truly purpose-driven law firm and the first UK law firm to be a B Corp, which means we consider the impact of our decisions on our people, clients, suppliers, community, and the environment. Our commitment to this is woven into our governing document, so that this is a part of the way we operate, not just the icing on the cake.

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Bates Wells attends Better Business Day in Westminster

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Bates Wells wins Case of the Year at the LexisNexis Legal Awards 2022

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Podcast | Why B Corps matter: Transforming Your Business for Positive Change

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Ethnicity Pay Report 2020

We have completed our Ethnicity Pay Report for 2020 (reporting data as at 5 April 2020). Firstly, we acknowledge that the data …
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Bates Wells recognised for its early career opportunities and graduate recruitment practices at The AllAboutLaw Awards 2022

The AllAboutLaw Awards showcases the best law firms in the UK. Awards recognise the quality of opportunities for aspiring solicitors, …
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