Sources say that the team "has strong values and ethics" and add that it is "extremely good to work with".

             Chambers UK 2012

BWB has been at the heart of the social enterprise sector for over 20 years. From working with the Fairtrade Foundation in the early 1990s, to advising the Social Stock Exchange in 2011, we have advised many of the sector’s most innovative organisations.

We initiated the concept of the Community Interest Company (CIC) – a new legal form for social enterprise. We helped government develop the idea, worked on the legislation and drafted the model constitutions for the CIC Regulator.

Our team’s involvement in the sector goes wider than legal expertise – team members lecture widely, provide specialist training, campaign for the sector and contribute to books and publications. Many of us have extensive personal involvement as trustees and directors of charities and social enterprises.

Our Services

If you are looking to establish a new social enterprise, or need advice on the most effective way to run your existing social enterprise, we can help.

Our unique combination of expertise in commercial and social enterprise law means that we can provide practical, commercial advice, always based on a deep understanding of the different ethos of social enterprises.

We provide a full range of legal services to social enterprises, including:

  • Establishment and registration
  • Financing (including equity finance, loans and grants)
  • Restructuring
  • Contracts (including service level agreements)
  • Transfer of services (including public services and mutuals)
  • Intellectual property
  • We can also provide advice on any aspect of running your social enterprise, including employment, property, immigration and dispute resolution.

Our Clients

We have worked with NCVO, ACEVO, the Social Enterprise Coalition and many others producing clear and workable written guidance on how to establish and run social enterprises and giving accessible and friendly training.

We provided all the content for the NCVO legal website Get Legal, which is endorsed by the Charity Commission, the CIC Regulator and Co-ops UK.