Phillippa Holland

Impact Economy Knowledge Lawyer


I have spent most of my career so far working with charities, social enterprises and mission-led businesses, and I am committed to supporting the growth of the Impact Economy.

I have worked at a number of large City firms, but I’ve also been an in-house lawyer at a national charity and worked (in a non-legal role) within a well-known social enterprise.

My work at Bates Wells focuses on “profit with purpose businesses” that take a “triple bottom line approach”, for which social and environmental impact is a core part of commercial strategy.

I support our Impact Economy practice and clients by sharing know-how, market developments and sector intelligence, and developing effective knowledge tools and frameworks for the practice. I also produce and edit our regular Impact Economy Brief.

  • I managed the transaction to spin-out a mission-led business that reduces carbon emissions in transport industries.
  • I advised on the set up of a Community Interest Company to provide housing for people who are homeless or vulnerably-housed.
  • I advised on the corporate structuring of a social enterprise seeking to embed its social mission and maximise its investment options.

Qualifications and career

  • University of Nottingham, BA, 2006 (Erasmus: University of Copenhagen)
  • Kaplan Law School, LPC, 2009
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in 2012
  • Solicitor at The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (t/a Action on Hearing Loss), 2014-2016
  • Social Enterprise Associate at Hogan Lovells International LLP, 2016-2019
  • Impact Economy PSL at Bates Wells since 2019