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Bates Wells Braithwaite (BWB) is extremely pleased to confirm its appointment to the Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) legal services framework.
The Stephen Lloyd Awards Committee today announced they are now open for entries to the 2016 Stephen Lloyd Awards. The aim of the awards, in line with Stephen’s own approach, is to help create success by finding and nurturing innovative ideas and projects that can lead to practical, sustainable social change. The awards committee is particularly interested in supporting ideas that address social problems at a systemic level.
BWB has been awarded 'Government Law - Law Firm of the Year in England 2016' by Corporate Intl Global Awards.
A new pan-European social enterprise legal network launched this week in Madrid, as a result of a European Commission sponsored study into the state of social enterprise across Europe. Bates Wells Braithwaite is proud to have been both a leading contributor to the study and a founding member of the network.
BWB, ACEVO, BOND, CFG and DSC have briefed MPs urging them to table ten amendments to the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill. The collective view of the group is that some of the powers in the Bill lack sufficient safeguards and threaten the independence of charities.
BWB’s Simon Steeden has been named in the 2015 Power Part Time List: a national roll call of the UK’s top 50 men and women who work in senior, business-critical roles, all on less than five days per week.
Rupert Earle and Rosamund McCarthy of Bates Wells Braithwaite and Helen Mountfield QC acted for Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust in JRCT’s appearance before the Divisional Court as an interested party in judicial review proceedings brought against the Charity Commission by CAGE Advocacy UK Ltd.
BWB's deputy managing partner and joint head of Charity, Philip Kirkpatrick, recently delivered the keynote address at the 2015 NCVO/BWB Trustee Conference, speaking about the state of the sector and putting "governance in context".
Following grave concerns over the manner in which the process was conducted, BWB has been instructed by a number of law firms to challenge the Legal Aid Agency’s (LAA) award of duty solicitor contracts and seek a re-run of the entire procurement.
Bates Wells Braithwaite has co-authored a groundbreaking new report into social enterprise in Europe, setting out recommendations for national governments and other policymakers. The report has led to the foundation of the European Social Enterprise Law Association.
BWB's new online tool allows charities and social enterprises to download basic legal documents and customise them to their needs using a guided step-by-step process, at a fraction of the cost of engaging a solicitor.
The firm has been nominated for the Private client: Firm of the year award and also the award for Public Sector: Firm (specialism) for its electoral work.
BWB are pleased to announce that twenty six of our solicitors have been included in the inaugural ratings list London Super Lawyers 2015. This new publication, published by Thompson Reuters, is a peer-influenced rating service of solicitors recognising those who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Bates Wells Braithwaite is the first UK law firm to become a Certified B Corporation, reaffirming its position as a leading City law firm for socially responsible businesses.