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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.