Social Enterprise

We support social enterprises – both as advisors and as advocates for the movement.

We’re a rare mix of social enterprise lawyers and sector-leading financing, investment and impact advisers. Together, we give social enterprises the best start from day one. We help them set up governing documents in line with their values, arrange loans and approach investors. As a full service law firm we can produce people-friendly employment contracts and supplier agreements that drive sustainability, alongside providing day to day help with IP, disputes, real estate and more.

How we help

We’re here for every business with a social purpose. Over the decades, we’ve helped countless social enterprises get started, including Charity Bank and Big Society Capital.

We’ve also championed policies that make doing business easier for social enterprises everywhere. We worked with government to introduce the CIC (Community Interest Company) model and made the case for social investment tax relief.

We also helped to create Purposely, a free government-backed digital tool that helps businesses to simply embed purpose.


In-person event | Weaving the threads together – regenerative and sustainable approaches to supply chains and ethical labour practices in the fashion industry | 5 March | 4pm onwards

As part of our celebrations for B Corp Month we will be hosting an in-person panel event, focusing on innovative sustainability …
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Strategic litigation: driving change and positive impact

Welcome to our first roundup relating to our focus on strategic litigation and what it might mean for your organisation. …
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Purpose & Impact: your roundup

Welcome to your roundup – a monthly selection of news hand-picked to keep you up to date with what’s going …
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Bates Wells advises Woodland Savers in £.7m seed investment round

Bates Wells has advised Woodland Savers, an organisation developing a new model of UK woodland ownership, in their recent investment …
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Driving purpose AND driving economic recovery….read on to find out more

Last week saw the launch of a new report produced in collaboration by leading think tank Demos and B Lab …
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