Recognised as a Key Lawyer in charity law
Luke Fletcher is 'Genuinely excellent'
Luke is 'pragmatic and reasoned and particularly likeable'
Luke gives 'excellent advice and guidance'
Luke ‘provides straightforward advice on the most complex matters’
Luke Fletcher is a key contact for social finance and charities investing.
Developed the test for B Corp certification in the UK
I co-lead the firm’s multi-disciplinary Impact Economy practice, which advises clients seeking to have a positive social impact through their business and other activities.
Within the Impact Economy practice, I lead a team of lawyers whose collective practice spans charity, social enterprise, responsible business and impact investing.
I regularly advise on the boundaries and interplay between the worlds of charity and business. My work often involves structuring relationships appropriately where charities are interacting with businesses or operating in market contexts.
Clients vary from international NGOs, household name charities, Governments, major corporates and investment banks, to purpose driven businesses, impact investors, impact entrepreneurs and philanthropists.
Areas of focus include
I have worked on many of the most significant developments in the growing Impact Economy, including:
This emergency response work has ranged from advising Social Investment Business on the formation of the Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund, developing structures to facilitate provision of funding to community level charities, advising foundations on the release of funds, advising on the making of grants to fund virus related R&D by life science businesses, forming a venture to develop coronavirus virus therapeutics, advising a community organising platform on its administration of Covid mutual aid groups, as well as advising clients on directors duties’, restructuring and insolvency and the conduct of virtual general meetings and other procedures
This pioneering work involves advising a wide range of firms - from iconic multinationals and high growth SMEs to ambitious start-ups - on the articulation and embedding of purpose and the different and sometimes unique ways this can be approached and documented, including advising on corporate governance implications generally and during key events, such as mergers, acquisitions and insolvency
This involved advising on the process and constitutional and governance implications of bringing two new entities - Fair4All Finance and the Youth Futures Foundation, endowed with £65m and £90m of dormant assets respectively - into the Big Society Trust group and under its ultimate constitutional oversight
This included advice on choice of legal form, funding terms and protection of funds