The Impact Revolution: The Role of Law and Lawyers

ESELA Annual Conference - 12 April 2019, London

Location: London School of Economics

Date: 12/04/2019


The Impact Revolution: The Role of Law and Lawyers

The ESELA Annual Conference, 12 April 2019

Hosted by the Marshall Institute at the London School of Economics

Friday 12 April 2019, 8:30am-17:00pm
New Academic Building, London School of Economics

You are invited to join us at the ESELA Annual Conference on Friday 12 April 2019 at the London School of Economics, hosted by The Marshall Institute.

The conference will explore the Role of Law and Lawyers in the Impact Revolution. A varied agenda will cover international and domestic concerns across four streams: Impact Investing, Profit with Purpose, Systems Change and ‘Spotlight On…’.

To buy your ticket, click here

To view the programme for the ESELA Academic Gathering, Thursday 11 April 2019 (10.30am – 16:30pm), click here.  

For all the information you need to book your travel and accommodation, click here.

The conference will be preceded by a drinks evening on  Thursday 11 April 2019 at DLA Piper UK LLP. 160 Aldersgate Street London EC1A 4HT (18:00 start).

Conference Agenda

Opening Plenary: The Impact Revolution and the Future of the Corporation
Paula Woodman British Council interviews Amit Bhatia CEO of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment and Professor Colin Mayer British AcademyAcademic Lead of the Future of the Corporation project

What’s covered? The role lawyers and legislation can play in the impact revolution that the GSG is spearheading and the emerging findings from the British Academy’s ground-breaking research on the changing purpose of business.

Closing Plenary: Powering the Impact Revolution
Tim West Pioneers Post interviews Pedro Tarak, Co Founder of Sistema B, Julie Wynne, Vice President of ESELA and Partner at Froriep, and Will Goodhart Chief Executive at CFA UK Working Group Lead of the Implementation Taskforce.

What’s covered? A discussion about the key trends which promise to power the impact revolution over the next decade, as well as an examination of the special role of the law and lawyers.

Panel Sessions

Impact Investing stream [Sponsored by CDC]

Panel: Demystifying Social Impact Investing [Impact Investing 101]
Charlotte Benson Big Society Capital
Peter Parker Wrigleys
Stephen Newby Herbert Smith Freehills

Panel: Blended Capital Structures
David Dowling Ropes & Gray
Amélie Baudot Global Innovation Fund
Elizabeth Tirone CDC Group
Professor Deborah Burand NYU School of Law

Panel: What To Do When Things Go Wrong
Christopher Garner DLA Piper 
Hannah Watson FMO
Andrew Wallace CDC Group

Impact Metrics and Deal Incentives
Mary Rose Brusewitz Clark Hill
Jim Clifford Bates Wells

Profit With Purpose stream

Panel: The SDGs – The Key to the Future of the Corporation?
Charmian Love B Lab UK
Professor Colin Mayer British Academy
Bill Clark Drinker Biddle

Panel: Purposely – How to Embed Purpose [Profit With Purpose 101]
Nick GlicherTrustLaw, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Mark Norbury UnLtd
Louise Harman Bates Wells
Gavin Francis Worthstone
Carolina Henriquez-Schmitz Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship, NYU School of Law

Panel: Values Driven Business
Ed Mayo Co-operatives UK
Liz Murphy UK Values Alliance

David Alcock Anthony Collins 

Panel: Stakeholder Value – The New Paradigm?
Sponsored by UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)
Anna Swaithes DCMS – Head of Responsible Business, Government Inclusive Economy Unit
Peter Barnett ClientEarth 

Systems Change stream

Panel: Entrepreneurship, Migration and Refugees
Emiliano Giovine R&P Legal
Giulio Pasi European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Fulvia Farinelli UNCTAD

Panel: Social Investment Tax Relief [Systems Change 101]
Melanie Mills Big Society Capital
Neil Pearson Mills & Reeve

‘Spotlight On…’ stream

Panel: Forging Your Impact Career
Sarah Dobson ESELA
Melissa Manzo AgDev Co 
Rebecca Perlman Herbert Smith Freehills

Sessions currently under construction:

  • The Future of Corporate Reporting
  • Impact Bonds
  • The Future of Impact Management
  • Investing in Frontier Markets

These final additions to the agenda will be made soon. The latest updates to the agenda will be added here on the ESELA event page.

The day will open and close with a plenary session, with four break out panels per ‘stream’ running in parallel throughout the day. With a packed agenda of options to choose from, there is something for everyone working in or seeking to learn more about social impact.

We hope you will join the conversation.


The theme of the ESELA Annual Conference 2019 is The Impact Revolution: The Role of Law and Lawyers. This year, the conference will have capacity for 400 delegates in plenary sessions and four break out sessions to choose from, each with space for 50-140 people.

Our programme of speakers will bring together perspectives from around the globe. We hope to create space for conversations which are geared towards understanding how legal practice and legal policy can help the social impact movement thrive.

Our hosts – The Marshall Institute, London School of Economics

We are delighted to announce the next ESELA Annual Conference will be hosted by the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics, on 12 April 2019.

The Marshall Institute works to improve the impact and effectiveness of private action for public benefit through research, teaching and convening. It informs and coordinates the efforts of citizens, researchers, private sector organisations, and social entrepreneurs who are working to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. We look forward to debating what role law and lawyers have to play.

Dates For Your Diary

The conference takes place on Friday 12 April 2019 in London, hosted by The Marshall Institute at the London School of Economics.

The conference will be preceded by an Academic Gathering on Thursday 11 April intended for academics and others with an interest in the implications of the impact revolution for legal scholarship, policy and multi-disciplinary education.If you wish to attend the Academic Gathering, click here to purchase your ticket.

On the evening of Thursday 11 April we are planning networking drinks for conference attendees. This is a chance for those arriving in London for the conference to meet each other and local attendees. Further details about the drinks will be announced during February.

Following the conference, if there is demand, we will organise a sightseeing walk on the morning of Saturday 13 April for those who wish to see some of the key London landmarks and continue conversations with other delegates. This is aimed at international delegates. You can register your interest in taking part in the walk when you purchase your ticket (below).

Thanks to our Network Partners, Sponsors and Conference Committee

ESELA is supported by network partners from the world of impact investment, profit with purpose and social enterprise, including Big Society CapitalEVPAGlobal Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG), the Grunin Center for Law and Social EntrepreneurshipSistemaB and TrustLaw.

We are grateful to our host The Marshall Institute, our Media Partner Pioneers Post and our sponsors CDCDepartment for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and Bates Wells.

Thanks to our Conference Committee:
Carolina Henriquez-Schmitz, Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship
Charmian Love, Entrepreneur in Residence at Bates Wells
Nicholas Glicher, TrustLaw, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Rebecca Perlman, Herbert Smith Freehills
Tim West, The Fable Bureau, Pioneers Post

ESELA Member Discounts

Discounted prices are available to ESELA Members. To request your Member’s Discount Code from ESELA and purchase tickets at EarlyBird prices, click here. [EarlyBird ticket sales closed on 7 February 2019, 1pm (GMT)].

Click here to find out about membership of ESELA – The Legal Network for Social Impact.

Group Booking Discounts

Discounted prices are available for group bookings.

Individual (non-lawyer): Group Ticket         £40 reduction per ticket when purchasing a Group Ticket for 3 or more delegates who are not practising lawyers. Tickets must be purchased at the same time for delegates at the same organisation.

Lawyer: Group Ticket         £50 reduction per ticket when purchasing a Group Ticket for 5 or more delegates who are practising lawyers. Tickets must be purchased at the same time for delegates at the same firm/organisation.

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