Bates Wells


Bates Wells

United Kingdom



+44 (0)20 7551 7777 10 Queen Street Place London EC4R 1BE Email


We are a responsible business and the first UK law firm to certify as a B Corp. Through Bates Wells’ Impact Economy practice group we work with clients that operate a “triple bottom line”; aiming to achieve social and environmental impact alongside financial return. This includes many profit-with-purpose businesses, social enterprises, impact investors and organisations that work to develop this ecosystem.

Types of Work

Bates Wells is widely acknowledged as one of the leading law firms for social enterprise in the United Kingdom. We have been at the heart of the sector for over 20 years, working with many of its most innovative organisations – from the Fairtrade Foundation to Big Society Capital - and championing policies that make business easier for social enterprises everywhere. We worked with government to introduce the CIC (Community Interest Company) model, made the case for social investment tax relief, and created tools such as Purposely (, an online platform to help organisations put purpose at the heart of their businesses.

As a full service firm, we give social enterprises the best start from day one. We help them set up, arrange loans and take investment. As they progress, we can help with everything from employment and real estate issues, to managing the business' intellectual property, resolving disputes and much more.

Areas of Interest

AssociationsB CorpsCo-operatives and mutualsCompetition lawCorporate formFinance and investmentFoundations and charitiesPolicy and legal developmentProcurementPublic lawResearchState aidTax

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