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ESELA Membership

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Law Firm / Private Practice Memberships

Specialist Firm Membership                                     Band: €200 – €1950 per annum

Membership for law firms with an existing legal practice and reputable track record of advising client in one or more of the following specialist fields: social enterprise; not for profits; co-operatives and mutual; impact investing; profit with purpose business; social procurement. Firms must have an office presence within Europe.

Membership cost is dependent on size of law firm and number of Specialist Firm Members in a jurisdiction at the time of joining.

Offering for law firms includes the following knowhow and business development benefits:

  • Membership as ‘specialist law firm’ in relevant jurisdiction
  • Public profile of firm as a leading firm on ESELA website
  • Profile of key contact on ESELA members’ section of the website
  • Regular news updates on significant social enterprise legal developments
  • Regular knowhow articles and updates on key areas of social enterprise law
  • Opportunity to contribute knowhow articles for publication by ESELA
  • Unlimited access for firm employees to ESELA website resources
  • Access to the members’ section of website and exclusive directory of experts and members
  • Profiles for key members of firm on members’ section of website
  • Opportunity to be featured in the ESELA newsletter
  • Opportunity to host and speak at national events

The decision to accept a law firm as a specialist firm is made by the board of ESELA, who may seek evidence of the credentials of applicants in the following fields:

  • Social enterprise
  • Not for profits
  • Co-operatives and mutuals
  • Impact investing
  • Profit with purpose business
  • Social procurement

Applicant law firms should be able to show an existing legal practice and reputable track record of advising clients in the specialist field, coupled with:

  • letters of recommendation from two existing clients; or
  • a recommendation from an existing specialist member of ESELA

The cost of a specialist firm membership decreases as more specialist members join in the same jurisdiction.

Costs for firms who are the only Esela members in their jurisdiction at the time of their joining:

Specialist law firms with 1-2 partners                                                                                            €200 per annum
Specialist law firms with 3-5 partners                                                                                            €400 per annum
Specialist law firms with  6-15 partners                                                                                         €900 per annum
Specialist law firms with more than 15 partners                                                                          €1950 per annum

Costs for firms who are one of two Esela members in their jurisdiction at the time of their joining:

Specialist law firms with 1-2 partners                                                                                             €200 per annum
Specialist law firms with 3-5 partners                                                                                             €400 per annum
Specialist law firms with  6-15 partners                                                                                          €775 per annum
Specialist law firms with more than 15 partners                                                                           €1650 per annum

Costs for firms who are one of three or more Esela members in their jurisdiction at the time of their joining:

Specialist law firms with 1-2 partners                                                                                             €200 per annum
Specialist law firms with 3-5 partners                                                                                             €400 per annum
Specialist law firms with  6-15 partners                                                                                          €650 per annum
Specialist law firms with more than 15 partners                                                                           €1450 per annum

 

Individual Membership                                               Band: €50 – €200 per annum

Personal membership for legal practitioners with an interest in ESELA’s specialist fields. Membership is available for individuals whose firms do not hold Specialist Membership, as well as for lawyers at Specialist Firm Members. Individual Members can be based within or outside Europe.

Membership cost is dependent on the experience and seniority of the individual.

Offering for individuals:

  • Regular news updates on significant social enterprise legal developments
  • Regular knowhow articles and updates on key areas of social enterprise law
  • Access to ESELA website resources
  • Access to the members’ section of website and exclusive directory of experts and members
  • Invitation to membership events

Individual practitioner membership is open to individuals joining without signing up their entire law firm. Due to the nature of this membership category, the membership is attached to the individual and cannot be shared among colleagues, this would require additional individual practitioner memberships. If your law firm would prefer closer involvement, please refer to the specialist firm category above.

Cost:

Trainee lawyer                                                                                                                                    €50 per annum
Lawyers with less than 5 years’ post qualification experience                                                   €100 per annum
Lawyers with more than 5 years’ post qualification experience                                                €150 per annum
Partners                                                                                                                                               €200 per annum

 

International Associate Firm Membership               Band: €200 – €1950 per annum

Membership for law firms that do not have an office presence in Europe but are otherwise eligible for Specialist Firm Membership.

Offering for international law firms includes the following knowhow and business development benefits:

  • Regular news updates on significant social enterprise legal developments
  • Regular knowhow articles and updates on key areas of social enterprise law
  • Access to ESELA website resources
  • Access to the members’ section of website and exclusive directory of experts and members
  • Invitation to membership events

The International Associate Firm Membership is open to international law firms based outside of Europe. For global law firms, whose work is primarily derived from a European jurisdiction, please refer to the specialist firm category above.

Cost:

International law firms with 1-2 partners                                                                                    €200 per annum
International law firms with 3-5 partners                                                                                    €400 per annum
International law firms with  6-15 partners                                                                                 €900 per annum
International law firms with more than 15 partners                                                                  €1950 per annum

Other Memberships

Organisation Membership                                       Cost: €200 per annum 

Membership for universities, public bodies, charities, membership bodies, investors, social enterprises and other organisations based within and outside Europe.

Offering for organisations includes the following benefits:

  • If desired, public profile as an organisational member on ESELA website
  • Regular news updates on significant social enterprise legal developments
  • Regular knowhow articles and updates on key areas of social enterprise law
  • Opportunity to contribute knowhow articles for publication by ESELA
  • Unlimited access for employees to ESELA website resources
  • Access to the members’ section of website and exclusive directory of experts and members
  • Individual profile of key contact of organisation on members’ section of website
  • Opportunity to speak at national events

Cost:

Organisations other than law firms                                                                                               €200 per annum

 

Student Membership                                                 Cost: €20 per annum

Student membership is available to students from any discipline.

Students are invited to join ESELA, mix with experts and be part of a learning community.

Cost:

Student Membership                                                                                                                      €20 per annum, with free access to ESELA events.

 

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