The dominant lawyer in the B Corp/impact space and he combines that knowledge with superb legal skills. A very smooth operator in every area
Has a core focus on social and environmental causes
Works closely with certified B Corporations
He "identifies what needs fixing and then goes about it in a very measured and insightful way."
Luke Fletcher does a superb job on social investment work
Luke Fletcher is 'Genuinely excellent'
Luke Fletcher takes on substantial charity law mandates for a variety of charity and social investment clients.
His broad practice includes assisting with charity fund formations and corporate reorganisations.
Recognised as a Key Lawyer in charity law
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
Particularly adept at advising on charity investment
I co-lead our Impact Economy practice and advise charities, social entrepreneurs, B Corps, purpose-driven businesses and impact investors creating positive social/environmental impact.
My practice involves a spectrum of structuring, governance, commercial and regulatory matters for clients who want to go beyond ordinary ‘ESG’ and solve problems for people and planet.
Charity law: I have a wide-ranging charity law practice and advise many prestigious and household name charities. I have special expertise in structuring relationships at the intersection of the worlds of charity and business/finance. This work includes advising foundations on impact investing, the creation of social venture and impact funds, donor advised funds, corporate partnerships and other matters.
Social enterprise: My work often involves advising on the formation of new charitable and social ventures, including choice of legal structure and constitutional and governance options. This extends to advising on the formation and operation of social enterprise, group, hybrid and tandem structures – such as the Oversight Trust and its group – which often combine public benefit and private capital in the public interest.
Purposeful business: I specialise in embedding purpose and mission in corporate structures and designed the B Corp legal requirements in the UK, which are now in use by over 500 businesses with over £9bn in revenue and over 37,000 employees. I have advised private and public companies of all shapes and sizes on the adoption of the B Corp legal requirements, including the Body Shop and Jamie Oliver Group.
Corporate responsibility: I advise some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated corporates and financial institutions on the formation and operation of corporate foundations, charity partnerships, community affairs and philanthropic engagements. This work involves the development of strategic partnerships and collaborations which enable corporates and their charity partners to achieve their goals.
Impact Economy: Alongside my client work, I have sought to build the Impact Economy and its legal and regulatory infrastructure and have played my part in various significant developments, 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 Oversight Trust and under its ultimate constitutional oversight
This included advice on choice of legal form, funding terms and protection of funds