We care about our clients’ causes.

We give charities of all types and sizes the practical and commercial advice they need to grow, fundraise and reach their goals.

We’re the largest group of dedicated charity lawyers in the UK. And we mean dedicated. Every one of us is personally involved with good causes.

We’re fundraisers, we’re trustees, we’re campaigners. Together, we know the laws and regulations affecting charities like no one else.

How we help

Our charity solicitors give practical advice on the full spectrum of charity and commercial law - from drafting commercial contracts, to advising on grants, to handling the most complex, high profile and sensitive cases.

But we do a lot more than advise on the usual issues. We offer extensive support to boards looking to improve their governance or make tough decisions. We can help you with difficult questions around regulation and compliance. 

When it comes to collaborative working and mergers, our charity lawyers understand the process, legal issues and potential obstacles to consider.

Whatever your need, we've helped countless charities in similar situations before. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.

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Our reputation

  • They really try to understand your business and think of things from your perspective

    Chambers 2020

  • The team have an in-depth knowledge of the public sector and are also creative in their suggestions and solutions.

    Chambers 2020

  • They are real experts, particularly in the regulation of charities by the Charity Commission.

    Chambers 2020

  • The department is the largest and best in the UK and is backed up by first-rate specialist departments including employment, immigration, legacies and property

    Chambers 2018

  • Clients consider the firm to deliver an exceptional level of service, with a thorough understanding of the regulatory, charitable and commercial sectors and how they interrelate

    Legal 500

  • Bates Wells is a "21st century law firm with a very knowledgeable and flexible team. The service it provides is second to none

    Legal 500

Our Charity Team