Firm Profile > Bates Wells > London, England

Bates Wells
10 QUEEN STREET PLACE
LONDON
EC4R 1BE
England

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Thea Longley now heads the large and specialist team at Bates Wells that acts for a sizeable number of household names. Recent highlights included acting in two of the largest charity law cases. Due to the strength and depth in the team, it has built up niche expertise in diverse areas. Stephanie Biden leads on constitutional and governance issues relating to churches. Augustus Della-Porta leads the firm’s work with Muslim charities and Erica Crump heads a thriving practice that focuses on cultural charities. Philip Kirkpatrick routinely advises on some of the most complex and high-profile matters for major name charities. Lawrence Simanowitz advises key international clients and has particular strength in issues such as charity formations and governance. Laura Soley is a known name for her work on statutory charities, royal charter bodies and trusts. Rosamund McCarthy Etherington excels at advising on difficulty governance and complex regulatory matters. Abbie Rumbold has left the firm and Pippa Garland is now at Russell-Cooke LLP . The ‘responsive‘ team provides ‘considered advice and delivers on time‘.

Practice head(s):

Thea Longley

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Biden; Augustus Della-Porta; Erica Crump; Philip Kirkpatrick; Lawrence Simanowitz; Laura Soley; Rosamund McCarthy Etherington; Luke Fletcher; Hannah Lyons; Suhan Rajkumar; Oliver Scutt; Lucy Rhodes

Testimonials

Bates Wells is unique in its comprehensive expertise and offerings in charity law. As well as providing a huge range of advice, the lawyers keep consistently up to date with developments in charity law and the Charity Commission’s activities and share those learnings with in-house legal teams through newsletters, articles and free or reasonably priced training sessions. We have relied on their knowledge in areas such as safeguarding, social investment, governance, data protection, and various other areas. Their advice is always coloured by a deep understanding of the charity context. Charity law is not a tack-on at Bates Wells; it is integral to the firm’s ethos and existence‘.

‘The Firm has a reputation for working with the charitable sector which means it is familiar with the issues we are facing‘.

Bates Wells is very thorough, prompt in responding and always ensures it fully understands our requirements. The lawyers have got to know our charity governance very well which means that we can get informed advice from them quickly’.

Bates Wells provides personal advice, very much Partner led. One feels that the lawyers seek to gain an understanding of the culture of the organisation and provide pragmatic advice accordingly. The advice is easy to understand and not bound up in legal technicalities. Laura Soley is highly approachable and has an understanding of both the legal matters and the cultural environment of the Charity, with advice delivered that is appropriate to us. Hannah Lyons has provided good practical advice on fundraising and data issues, offering solutions rather than merely advice‘.

‘The team has been responsive. Luke Fletcher has been incredibly helpful sharing his expertise to navigate through challenging circumstances‘.

The team is very responsive to clients and goes out of its way to help.  The team was particularly helpful even during Covid, which shows its ability to be flexible during challenging times.  Suhan Rajkumar has been very helpful to us‘.

‘The team allowed us, as clients, to manage our expectations, the lawyers clearly set out, pricing, delivery timings and information updates, as well as warnings of any potential delays. The team provided consistent and timely updates through the process. Oliver Scutt has been a pleasure to work with. He is very clear in setting out the plan of work and always gave a timely turnaround with agreed dates. He also has the great strength of explaining legal areas to us non legal people‘.

‘Attention to detail. Reliable and thoughtful advice. Sensible solutions to what appear to be complex issues‘.

Key clients

BBC Children in Need

Barnardo’s

Comic Relief

World Animal Protection

National Federation of Women’s Institutes

Christian Aid

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards

MIND

Samaritans

Scout Association

Black Lives Matter

Electoral Tier 1

Bates Wells advises well-known parties including the Green Party, as well as more newly-established parties, in relation to the law around election and referendum campaigns. The team is also a leading adviser on non-party campaigning for charities and non-profits and, assisted by its strong data privacy team, is able to provide full GDPR compliance to political parties. Co-head of the politics, elections and campaigning team, Simon Steeden  is a longstanding adviser to political parties, while fellow co-head  Rosamund McCarthy Etherington advises a range of organisations including charities, foundations and public benefit organisations in relation to matters such as social media, data, and the relationships between charity law and election law. Head of the public and regulatory team Melanie Carter regularly advises organisations on electoral law rules around non-party campaigning. Additionally, associate Jessica Collings deals primarily with regulatory issues and dispute resolution matters for political parties, while Suhan Rajkumar advises on election and referendum law, as well as campaign finance.

Practice head(s):

Simon Steeden; Rosamund McCarthy Etherington

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Collings; Suhan Rajkumar

Testimonials

‘Suhan Rajkumar and Simon Steeden were our contacts and they worked as a tight-knit team to give exemplary help and advice. They were always very prompt to respond to any inquiry from us. They even came back more than once to ask for updates. They gave us excellent service.’

‘Simon Steeden – warm initial point of contact who grasped what we needed.’

‘Jessica Collings stands out because of her brilliant work ethic. She never fails to engage and always recognises the urgency of certain issues at hand. Even when our case was wrapped up from the pro bono perspective, she has always been happy to engage for smaller matters or refer us promptly to other appropriate members of staff who can help us. She even dropped us a wellbeing email to ask after us. So human, and yet so professional – big thumbs up!’

‘This practice is unusual in that it offers real pro bono help. The service offered is polite, professional and goes beyond what we expected.’

‘The whole practice, from reception to legal advisers were polite, efficient and caring. They helped us enormously with our case.’

‘The team were exemplary and went above and beyond for our charity. For one, they were willing to hold calls in the evening to suit our schedules. They were incredibly knowledgeable and dependable when we encountered issues with our application. The manner in which they advise their clients showed just how important it is to have the right lawyers with years of industry experience. They are well positioned to provide this minefield of charity law to develop the right expertise and incredibly well-trained staff to help us pull through with our application. This certainly gave us confidence working with them.’

Key clients

The Green Party

Labour Campaign for Human Rights

38 Degrees

LexisNexis

Thomson Reuters

Shelter

Avaaz

Wales Audit Office

Citizens UK

Immigration Tier 1

Bates Wells has a well-established reputation at the top end of the immigration market, with considerable expertise in both personal and business matters - the firm is known for being 'extremely client focused', with the ability to 'explain complex legal terminology in a very clear and concise way'. Tim Barnden heads up the overall practice; his focus is on personal and human rights cases and he is a former chair of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group. Chetal Patel leads on the business side, and is also a race, ethnicity and cultural heritage ambassador at the firm. While long-serving partner and senior counsel Philip Trott left the firm in spring 2021, the team includes a strong pipeline of junior talent, including associates Aisha Choudhry and Matthew James.

Practice head(s):

Tim Barnden

Other key lawyers:

Chetal Patel; Aisha Choudhry; Matthew James

Testimonials

‘Tim Barnden was an excellent lawyer to work with. What sets Tim apart from others in the field is his genuineness and experience. He has an extremely friendly, calming presence that makes you feel secure and confident in asking for and following his advice. He takes the time to understand your personal circumstance and explore all sides of the situation. I would 100% recommend Tim Barnden and Bates Wells and would definitely use them again in the future.’

‘Chetal Patel is brilliant. She is a leading voice in her area and is so knowledgeable and experienced in all things immigration. She always gives practical and balanced advice that suits our company and our culture and response to all queries in a timely manner.’

‘I had the pleasure of working with Chetal Patel. While she was incredibly diligent and professional, she was equally kind and understanding. She always listened to my concerns and needs and understood that the visa process can cause a great deal of stress. She was incredibly knowledgeable in her particular expertise and was also very prompt and timely with anything that was needed.’

‘Matthew James was responsive, diligent and provided excellent expert guidance throughout my engagement with Bates Wells. He was friendly and a pleasure to work with – I would highly recommend him.’

‘Tim Barnden’s professionalism, approachability, problem solving and clarity of approach was second to none. It was a joy to work with him to get our immigration status addressed and we felt confident throughout that he could help us achieve.’

‘Aisha Choudhry is extremely thorough, helpful and very patient.’

‘Tim Barnden is extremely knowledgeable and approachable. He delivers advice in a clear and understandable manner, and stays on top of all legislative and regulatory changes. His manner was reassuring, and all our applications were successful.’

‘Chetal Patel is absolutely phenomenal. Her advice is clear and to the point without any ambiguity, making it easy to follow and make the necessary decisions.

Key clients

SumOfUs

The Alan Turing Institute

Exeter Pharma Consultancy, Ltd T/A CBPartners

Make Limited

Administrative and public law Tier 2

Bates Wells advises the full spectrum of third sector clients in relation to policy developments, inquiries, safeguarding issues, advertising standards and various other facets of operations. Team head Melanie Carter specialises in policy law, acting for both government bodies and clients seeking to challenge the decisions of public authorities. Emma Dowden-Teale is a true generalist in public law, known for assisting clients in regulatory actions taken by Ofqual, CQC and local government departments. Associate Claire Whittle regularly works alongside Carter on public law challenges, including judicial reviews; the pair are currently advising on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the Infected Blood Inquiry. Associate Alistair Williams has a strong track record in investigations and judicial reviews targeting the audit industry.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Carter

Other key lawyers:

Emma Dowden-Teale; Claire Whittle; Alistair Williams

Testimonials

‘Emma Dowden-Teale and the other team members have gone the extra mile to assist us with a large project, working at pace and delivering on time. The team is approachable, offers quality advice and has a real understanding of the nature of our business.’

‘Emma Dowden-Teale is a joy to work with and always goes the extra mile to help. Her approach is such that she knows our business well and feels like an extension of our team. Emma’s knowledge and experience is so valuable and she is clearly a specialist in public law.’

‘Bates Wells’ team is responsive, flexible and committed to giving high quality advice on public law matters.’

‘Claire Whittle is focused and able to separate key issues from lower impact risks.’ 

Key clients

Birmingham Children’s Trust

Architects Registration Board

Royal Parks

Catholic Insurance Services

GambleAware

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

National Audit Office

Wales Audit Office

Advertising Standards Authority

AQA

Airport Coordination Ltd

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Compliance Officer

The Ramblers Association

Canal & River Trust

National Council of Voluntary Organisations

National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux

Social Work England

Education: institutions Tier 2

Bates Wells advises a broad client base, comprising FE and HE institutions, education sector bodies in adult education and professional education, education support services and umbrella bodies. FE college mergers are a stand-out strength, and the group's HE work includes advising on Office for Students regulations, acquisitions and demerges, and handling fundraising and real estate issues for newly established institutions. The group has significant employment experience, advising on industrial relations, and  advises the NUS and 25 student unions on relationships with host institutions, governance issues and transitions from exempt to registered charity status. Expert public sector litigator Emma Dowden-Teale jointly heads up the group with senior associate Jean Tsang, who focuses on governance, charity and commercial law.

Practice head(s):

Jean Tsang; Emma Dowden-Teale

Key clients

London Interdisciplinary School

Year Here

BPP University

Richmond and Hillcroft Adult and Community College

West Herts College

Capital City College Group

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Council of the Inns of Court

NUS

AQA

Urdang Academy

Education: schools Tier 2

Bates Wells has significant expertise in advising on the effects of school reform, and has particular experience in academy conversions, the development of multi-academy trusts and the increasing focus and accountability required of academy sponsors. Of note for independent schools is the practice's capabilities in immigration and domestic and international charity law. The team also has a growing area of focus in advising on independent school sales and purchases, and also assists with broader work by the real estate and corporate and commercial practices. Emma Dowden-Teale heads up the regulatory and public law side of the department, and specialises in the regulation of qualifications, SEND issues and safeguarding work. Commercial lead Jean Tsang advises on school M&A and MAT issues.

Practice head(s):

Jean Tsang; Emma Dowden-Teale

Other key lawyers:

Mark Traynor

Testimonials

‘The Bates Wells team as a whole have a superb knowledge of law and practice in the charities sector. Individuals’ areas of expertise are grounded in up-to-date wider understanding of legal regulatory and commercial issues that charities face.’

‘They are not afraid to give clear, decisive practical advice.’

‘They work very closely as a team, well aware of whose special expertise is required when trying to resolve complex and changing circumstances.’

‘We were impressed with Jean Tsang. Jean has great attention to detail and is very precise in her answers, which come quickly and well thought out.’

‘Their skill in understanding both the detail and the bigger picture allows them to provide an exceptionally efficient, holistic and effective service.’

Key clients

Aston Foundation

Walsingham College Trust Association and Walsingham College (Affiliated Schools) Limited

Hatching Dragons

City of London Academies Trust (COLAT)

Dolphin School

Central Foundation Schools of London

Raine’s School Foundation

Shaftesbury Young People

Mulberry Schools Trust

Olive Academies

Quaggy Development Trust

Brightside Educational Trust

Charlotte Sharman Primary School

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Bates Wells is a strong choice for businesses and investors active in the impact economy, both domestically and internationally. Under the leadership of M&A and corporate finance head Mark Tasker, the team handles a range of small to mid-cap public and private transactions for AIM-listed clients in the UK, as well as key technology and fintech companies in various emerging markets. In addition to being a key contact for impact economy clients, Stephen Callender has a strong reputation in construction, technology and natural resources work. Matthew Gearing is recommended for his broad M&A experience, including in education, cybersecurity and material science mandates.

Practice head(s):

Mark Tasker

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Callender; Matthew Gearing

Testimonials

‘The Bates Wells M&A team inspires absolute trust and confidence every time. A genuinely partner-led service.’

‘Excellent performance on some extremely complex jobs. The team works very well together: very slick, excellent at project management, and getting the deal done. Very calm under pressure.’

‘Mark Tasker is a very good operator.  Brilliant with clients and sees the bigger picture.’

‘Stephen Callender works extremely well under huge pressure, dealing with some very complex issues and a heavy workload.’

‘Matt Gearing punches well above his weight. Great attention to detail and multi-tasking.’

‘A high quality, Magic Circle-style service at a reasonable price. Very strong in international deals and impact organisation matters.’

‘A very good, fast and pragmatic team who we have worked with a long time. Highly recommended.’

Key clients

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

Altitec Limited

BGF Group Plc

British Council

CentralNic Group Plc

Elecosoft Plc

Element Materials Technology Holding UK Ltd

Eyoto Group Limited

F M Conway Limited

Hinds Limited

P2i Ltd

Quantet Group Limited

Renal Services (UK) Ltd

Rigel Shipping Limited

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

SeaFair Germany GmbH

SigmaRoc Plc

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

The ‘knowledgeable, strategic and efficient’ media team at Bates Wells is noted for its strength and regulatory expertise in the advertising and marketing space. The practice also excels in acting for clients in the art and entertainment industries, including well-known theatre and performance companies, film and TV production companies, and not-for-profit organisations. ‘Well-informed and engaging’ partner Erica Crump heads up the culture and creative team. She works with Molly Carew-Jones and Tom Pratt to advise charities and creative businesses on commercial contracts, IP, media and governance issues. Rupert Earle, who leads the firm’s advertising and marketing practice, advises the UK’s leading regulatory bodies, including the Advertising Standards Authority. The practice frequently collaborates with other teams across the firm to advise on a range of issues, such as employment, real estate and corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Erica Crump; Rupert Earle

Other key lawyers:

Molly Carew-Jones; Tom Pratt; Alex Jameson

Testimonials

‘We work closely with Erica Crump who has shown genuine interest in, and concern for our organisation. She is well-informed and engaging, and provides very clear support to the organisation.’

‘Highly knowledgeable, strategic and efficient.’

‘Very collaborative and approachable. The team deliver professional advice in a clear and understandable and non-jargon way which works well for our organisation.’

‘Always respond in a helpful way.’

Key clients

Advertising Standards Authority

Committee of Advertising Practice and Broadcasting Committee of Advertising Practice

English National Opera

Royal Albert Hall

Shakespeare’s Globe

Science Museum Group

The Horniman Museum

Booker Prize Foundation

Professional discipline Tier 2

Bates Wells' multi-disciplinary team covers the entire gamut of professional discipline. The practice consistently acts for leading health and social care bodies, The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Farriers Registration Council, and accountancy-related regulators; and it has notable strength in acting for representative bodies and membership organisations with professional discipline functions. A significant proportion of Emma Dowden-Teale’s practice involves the regulation of professionals in the healthcare and education sectors; and former General Optical Council (GOC) deputy registrar Melanie Carter, has longstanding private practice experience in representing the GOC and the GDC, in addition to recently leading work for both the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and newly-established Social Work England. Providing key support is senior associate Claire Whittle, a public and regulatory lawyer, whose specialisms include professional discipline. In 2021, former partner Nicole Curtis, consultants Katrina Wingfield and Geoffrey Hudson, and associate Neil Wilks joined Capsticks LLP.

Practice head(s):

Emma Dowden-Teale; Melanie Carter

Other key lawyers:

Claire Whittle

Testimonials

The team is accessible, efficient, and works within agreed timescales.

They were able to assimilate a great deal of information before formulating the legal response, and I was impressed with the professionalism, efficiency and service I received – would recommend them highly.

They are very approachable and engaged, and just as happy to let you bounce ideas off them as much as produce formal advice.

Great at understanding our values and culture, along with expertise in all the areas where we need advice.

All the individuals who’ve worked for us are knowledgeable, courteous and professional, and they provide a good service and good advice whenever we need it.

Melanie Carter is highly experienced and very approachable.

Melanie Carter is very knowledgeable and collaborative in sometimes difficult situations. I would not hesitate to recommend her in the disciplinary field that we worked in together.

Melanie Carter is highly capable and gives sound legal advice.

Key clients

Social Work England

Architects Registration Board

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

General Osteopathic Council

General Pharmaceutical Council

General Optical Council

Farriers Registration Council

Council of the Inns of Court

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Insolvency Practitioners Association

Royal Institute of British Architects

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

The Compliance Officer of Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

British Psychoanalytical Society (incorporating the Institute of Psychoanalysis)

Royal College of Nursing

British Psychotherapy Federation

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

International Psychoanalytical Association

Local government Tier 3

The local government team at Bates Wells sits within the firm's charity and social enterprise department to provide advice to external auditors and local authority services on public and regulatory law, spin-outs, local government finance, as well as judicial reviews. Melanie Carter leads the 'exceptional' regulatory department and is highly regarded for her work in local government finance. She works alongside Augustus Della-Porta, an expert in structuring spin-outs from local authorities. Partner Emma Dowden-Teale focuses on safeguarding and health and social care matters for local authorities. Associate Suhan Rajkumar deals primarily with public procurement and state aid work, while associate Alistair Williams advises on major local government audit work. Notably, highly regarded partner Abbie Rumbold retired in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Carter; Augustus Della-Porta

Other key lawyers:

Emma Dowden-Teale; Suhan Rajkumar; Alistair Williams

Testimonials

Key strengths are in-depth knowledge of the local government sector and the implications/application of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 in relation to public rights in respect of local government accounts.’

Stand out qualities are the responsiveness of individuals, clarity of communication, and attention to detail. Melanie Carter is especially knowledgeable in relation to local government public sector audit issues.’

Melanie Carter has provided consistently good advice and support on a timely basis. She has also demonstrated an ability to think outside the box, providing previously unconsidered potential solutions. Her support on drafting responses has also been much appreciated.’

Their knowledge of our sector area is unrivalled.’

Melanie Carter leads the exceptional team. They are always prepared to go the extra mile to meet deadlines that can appear at short notice.’

Key clients

National Audit Office

Wales Audit Office

Public Audit Appointments Ltd

KPMG

Ramblers

Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments Ltd

Grant Thornton

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Mazars

Ernst & Young

Sturts Community Trust

Wandsworth Music Service

Brighton and Hove County Council / Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation

Hertfordshire County Council and Libraries for Life

ACER

Reputation management Tier 3

Bates Wells advises a wide range of clients, including newspaper publishers, charities, politicians, student unions, foreign royalty and faith-based broadcasters. The group continues to grow its expertise in the area of defamation via social media, in addition to its existing expertise in harassment and data protection advice. Rupert Earle heads the practice and is supported by litigator Alex de Jongh who advises campaigning groups on the risks of defamation in their materials.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Earle

Other key lawyers:

Alex de Jongh

Key clients

Times Newspapers Limited

Senior executives Tier 3

Clients report that the Bates Wells team, led by Lucy Mclynn, inspires confidence with its 'clear and precise advice'.  In addition to the range of work it undertakes for senior executives, it also acts for employers, and has a reputation regarding running test cases and 'gig economy' challenges (it acted in the high-profile Uber case which went to the Supreme Court.) It is also known for its roster of third sector clients. William Garnett has a track record in acting on senior executive and boardroom disputes; working with senior associate Rachel Mathieson, they handle discrimination cases, senior exits and post-employment settlement packages. Paul Jennings acts for both senior executives and employers as does Paul Seath.

Practice head(s):

Lucy McLynn

Other key lawyers:

William Garnett; Paul Jennings; Rachel Mathieson; Shadia El Dardiry; Paul Seath; Robert Turner

Testimonials

‘I have to assume that the team behind the partner I dealt with is very good, as he was always well briefed. Available 24/7 and with a refreshing brevity if a simple enquiry, whilst a phenomenally detailed and quick response when required.’

‘I cannot find fault with any of the work carried out for me by the partner, William Garnett.’

What makes Bates Wells unique is their clear and precise advice, attention to detail and responsiveness. Compared to other firms I have used in the past I find that given the no nonsense approach you can be confident of the advice given and the billing to be accurate for the work provided.’

‘I have mainly worked with Lucy McLynn on employment matters – the advice given is clear and concise. Lucy will not sugar coat her advice and will clearly layout your options without bias or prejudice. I am confident in the attention to detail and accuracy in the interpretation of the law by Lucy.’

I would recommend Bates Wells particularly the individuals that helped me. It warrants the excellent reputation the firm has. The team were very hard working, diligent, incredibly adaptable and responsive to changing deadlines and work loads/time pressures. The case has been overseen by Paul Seath but the majority of the work has been done by Shadia El Dardiry. Both really were stand out in my case. Both provided expert guidance to me.  I would certainly use this company again and cannot recommend the individuals that helped me highly enough.’

I have worked with solicitors Rachel Mathieson, Paul Jennings and Robert Turner over the past 24 months on bringing a claim. Rachel and Paul Jennings are truly world-class professionals in employment law, but even more important than their knowledge and professionalism is their compassion and understanding when dealing with complex employment problems.’

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Bates Wells' commercial property department has notable prowess in the sports, education, charities, social enterprise and retail sectors. It is engaged in a broad array of finance and secured lending transactions, development projects, property disposals and investment acquisitions. The team is also particularly strong in headquarter relocations and site acquisitions. Practice head Mark Traynor is noted for his expertise in the property aspects of hydro-electric and solar panel systems. Also recommended is Jamie Huard, who focuses on charity, social enterprise and heritage property matters. In addition, another key individual is Karli Hiscock, who supports the firm's real estate clients on sustainability and wellness matters as part of the firm’s Impact Economy service.

Practice head(s):

Mark Traynor

Other key lawyers:

Karli Hiscock; Malcolm Headley; Tony Cartmell; Jamie Huard

Testimonials

‘Thorough, easy to work with, practical and pragmatic when dealing with the other side.’

‘The uniqueness is the in-depth knowledge of the charity sector and ability to advise across teams, if something unusual arises. Their e-signature platform for signing off deeds and other documents works well and is much better than getting hard copies executed, as was the case pre-pandemic.’   

‘They are reliable and give sensible, commercial advice that is concise, which I like.’

‘Malcolm Headley and the team are readily available, willing to put in the hours as needed, are commercially realistic on fees, give clear advice and have good technical and commercial knowledge and instincts.’

‘They are direct and provide advice that can be relied upon. Their experience in the sector has been an asset to our transaction. The partner Jamie Huard is available when there is an urgent issue.’

‘Karli Hiscock is very clear in her communications and explains legalistic language for the layperson and explains options well.’

Key clients

JM Finn

YMCA Thames Gateway

Lely Atlantic Limited

Nikon UK Limited

WaterAid

The Advertising Standards Authority

Everybody Sport and Recreation

World Cancer Research Fund

Council of Inns of Court

FM Conway Limited

The Charity Bank

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Bates Wells focuses primarily on the technology sector, advising both suppliers and customers of IT services on the corporate and regulatory facets of their operations. It is particularly invested in the fintech sector, supporting start-ups and growth stage companies with their business critical transactions. Richard Marke leads the practice, using his wealth of experience in technology law to act for a wide range of clients in the sector, including software/SAAS providers, data wholesalers and hi-tech businesses.

Practice head(s):

Richard Marke

Testimonials

‘They are efficient, focused, trustworthy, smart and very nice.’

 

Key clients

118 Data

Nikon

Mark Roberts Motion Control

Scanmar MarketingQED

DC Square GmbH

Sutherland Global Services

Reliance Bank

Perkbox

Virtuoso IT

Partnership Tier 4

In innovative highlights for Bates Wells’ partnerships practice, Luke Fletcher and senior associate Oliver Hunt work closely with Certified B Corporations structured as LLPs with a core focus on social and environmental causes. Practice head William Garnett advises on the structuring of modern partnership agreements and associated exit entitlements as well as contentious discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

William Garnett

Other key lawyers:

Luke Fletcher; Oliver Hunt

Testimonials

William Garnett is highly proactive and looks for solutions.

Unique expertise to be able to deal with any partnership issue, particularly those in the charities, social enterprises and now the increasingly important and legally complex B Corp sectors, where they have preeminent expertise.

Luke Fletcher is just the dominant lawyer in the B Corp/Impact Assessment organisation space and he combines that knowledge with superb legal skills. A very smooth operator in every area.

Key clients

Eos Deal Advisory

Carter Backer Winter

Trustees Unlimited LLP

Hughes Fowler Carruthers

Project X Global

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 4

Bates Wells' distinguishing feature is its extensive experience in advising charities and other third sector clients. The expertise of practice head Mathew Healey and his team has attracted some of the UK's largest charities as well as a diverse list of commercial clients which the practice assists with clearance, registration and portfolio management matters, contentious proceedings before the UKIPO and IPEC, as well as transactional and licensing matters. The group also handles certification and assurance mark matters.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Healey

Other key lawyers:

Catharina Waller; Wendy Grey

Testimonials

Exceptional knowledge of how charities work enabling the team to provide relevant, pragmatic, cost-effective advice.

They have been brilliant to work with – communicate really effectively, are kind, smart and really work hard for you as a client. They literally achieved everything we asked of them with absolutely no issues at any stage and went above and beyond.

A real staunch team to assist us in both routine and complex matters. They are also proactive  and great communicators.

Mathew Healey is a hugely talented individual. He combines an impressive breadth of knowledge, with a refreshingly pragmatic and sensible approach to trade mark law. He gives really useful advice and working with him is a pleasurable experience.

Mathew Healey runs a strong team; Wendy Grey provides excellent, clear, pragmatic advice. All of the team have a nice manner and are easy to work with. They are responsive and provide an appropriate level of detail; they are also proactive in recommending approaches to specific challenges.’

They not only provide all we need to develop and defend our trade marks, but they also offer really thought-provoking and tailored advice based on our needs. I have absolute confidence and trust in their expertise and judgement and appreciate their readiness to explain things and help us explore new areas.

We have found the entire team to be brilliant individuals to work with, but Catharina Waller in particular I would want to highlight as demonstrating complete dedication to reaching a positive outcome in situations that would try the patience of a saint! She was calm, patient with the questions we had as client, and unruffled by tactics of the opposing side. We loved working with her.

Catharina Waller and Mathew Healey offer friendly in-depth knowledge and experience that they use to generate advice that we trust implicitly. Their track record in our eyes is second to none, and they offer affordable strategies and practical technical support to ensure that our IP remains adequately protected. In a fast-moving world of competing deadlines, we often have the need to move quickly as we respond to emerging challenges, and Catharina and Mat have always shown the flexibility to help us at short notice to get the job done.

Key clients

The Woodland Trust

International Planned Parenthood Federation

CDP (formerly ‘Carbon Disclosure Project’)

Biorelevant.com Ltd

Reloop

Braintree

Charlie Mackesy (author)

Braincare

The Copper Mark

The Trussell Trust

Barnardo’s

The Alan Turing Institute

Freud Communications

38 Degrees

The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Cruelty Free International

Fair FX

Voluntary Service Overseas

Trinity College London

International Paralympic Committee

WaterAid International

Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (‘Sightsavers’)

Battersea (formerly Battersea Dogs and Cats Home)

Girl Effect

Guide Association

Institute of Masters of Wine

The National Gallery

Football Foundation

National Schizophrenia Fellowship (‘Rethink Mental Illness’)

The Market Research Society

London & Partners Limited

National Deaf Children’s society

FM Conway

Emilia Clarke (actor)

Sport Tier 4

London firm Bates Wells is acclaimed for its capacity to ‘convey and overcome complex legal issues in an easy, streamlined manner’. Department lead Thea Longley is an ‘excellent critical thinker’ with a track record in governance reviews, restructurings, contractual and funding matters; her team includes Jane Lougher who uniquely specialises in grants and loans to improve grassroots facilities, as well as Robert Oakley who is the go-to for contentious matters, particularly funding and contractual disputes. The team, which also includes immigration expert Chetal Patel, counts football and grassroots clubs, national governing bodies, sportspeople among its clients, and, in line with the firm's wider sector expertise, is extremely active in the charities field.

Practice head(s):

Thea Longley

Other key lawyers:

Jane Lougher; Robert Oakley; Chetal Patel; Rebecca Rider

Testimonials

‘The team is reliable, with excellent advice in our specific sub-sector that our in-house legal team cannot provide.’

‘Thea Longley is an excellent critical thinker, able to spot potential problems and issues before they occur and helps you to work through those issues if necessary. She gives options as to how best to proceed, not settling on one fixed option unless that is the only way, and it never is! I have worked with Thea as a charity board member too and her advice is consistently reliable. She is rightly seen as an expert in the field and I would not want to ever not have her available to us.’

‘The team at Bates Wells are brilliant. They are friendly and approachable but also, most importantly, are able to convey and overcome complex legal issues in in an easy, streamlined manner. They are always quick to respond, efficient and approach the work we ask them to do with professionalism.’

‘I find our main contacts very easy to work with. They always respond quickly and comprehensively. They have excellent knowledge in their field and are quick to understand any issues we encounter. Their friendly and approachable manner also helps make them our preferred choice in this area.’

‘The team are extremely knowledgeable, diligent and thorough. The quality of service that they provide is very high, and no matter the challenge, I always feel reassured by the approach that they are taking.’

‘Jane Lougher is extremely knowledgeable, professional and patient in her approach – particularly when dealing with non-legal clients. She endeavours to ensure that complex matters are broken down into manageable, understandable components, and the implications of any decision are always clearly explained.’

‘Rebecca Rider has always provide an extremely high level of customer service, being prepared to go the extra mile to achieve the desired outcome, despite the tight timescales that she is often faced with.’

Key clients

Football Foundation

England and Wales Cricket Board

England and Wales Cricket Trust

Rugby Football Union

Albion in the Community

Lawn Tennis Association

Amateur Swimming Association (Swim England)

Commonwealth Games Federation

TMT Tier 4

Bates Wells is known for handling various outsourcing agreements in the technology sector for domestic and international clients. Additionally, the team has a strong contentious practice, spanning employment, defamation and trade mark litigation. In a recent highlight, Paul Jennings represented two test claimants in a Supreme Court Case against Uber, resulting in the landmark judgment determining that Uber drivers are workers rather than self-employed individuals. Team head Richard Marke advises technology clients and IT customers in relation to all aspects of their operations, including procurement processes and software agreements. Rupert Earle is singled out for his track record in media litigation.

Practice head(s):

Richard Marke

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jennings; Rupert Earle

Testimonials

‘Great team with broad knowledge of the industry.’

‘Richard Marke is my go-to lawyer for commercial issues, particularly anything relating to outsourcing.’

‘They are efficient, focused, trustworthy, smart and very nice to work with.’

‘Responsive, very smart and they know the market very well. Our discussions are always useful.’ 

Key clients

Advertising Standards Authority

Elecosoft Plc

Element Materials Technology Holding UK Ltd

Royal Albert Hall

118 Data Resource

Shakespeare’s Globe

ENO – English National Opera

Alight Solutions

Accloud

Virtuoso IT

dc-square GmbH

Ethos Group Holdings Limited

Rockar Limited

OSISoft (UK) Limited

Mark Robert Motion Control

Nikon

TBN UK

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 5

Bates Wells provides a ‘first-class service’ to a range of clients, with particular experience in advising public sector bodies and charity organisations. It is well versed in compliance issues, international data transfers, FOIA matters and has recently been handling Covid-19-related data protection issues. Victoria Hordern heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Hordern

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Carter; Hannah Lyons

Testimonials

‘I am consistently impressed with Bates Wells’.

‘They provide thorough and risk-based advice, and are able to work to urgent timelines where needed’.

‘Victoria Hordern is excellent to work with – she provides timely and clear advice which takes our business needs into consideration as well as all relevant laws’.

‘I find the firm’s advice to be practical and delivered in a way that is understandable by the recipient’.

‘Victoria Hordern is top notch’.                                                                    

‘Victoria Hordern, in the privacy law area, provides easily digestible, practical advice in an efficient manner’.           

‘Hannah Lyons work has been fantastic’.

‘Hannah Lyons is our go to person if we need clarity on any data protection aspect’.

Key clients

World Animal Protection

The Trussell Trust

C40

Creative Lynx

Canal and River Trust

Architects Registration Board

National Audit Office

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Compliance Officer

Employers Tier 5

Bates Wells is best known for its work in the charity and not for profit sector, in which it advises a wide range of national and international organisations. At ‘the top of her field’, Lucy Mclynn spearheads the litigation-focused group, which is particularly active in sensitive Employment Tribunal cases and board-level disputes but also handles corporate support. Paul Seath specialises in data protection issues, while Paul Jennings  and William Garnett  regularly act for employers in complex claims.

Practice head(s):

Lucy McLynn

Other key lawyers:

William Garnett; Paul Jennings; Paul Seath

Testimonials

Very good, in-depth, practical knowledge of all areas of law, they adapt for big and small and NFP organisations.’

Bates Wells have provided me with support for many years. They provide consistently expert, pragmatic, proportionate advice in a way that represents value for money, which has meant that I have never felt the need to look elsewhere for employment law advice.

Lucy McLynn is an exceptional lawyer and I understand why she is the Head of Employment at BatesWells. She is at top of her field; superb advice, pragmatic, reliable and provides clarity and a route through very challenging situations.’

‘I have used Bates Wells for employment advice for several years. Their advice is excellent: practical and responsive. They help me to achieve my objectives.’

Paul Seath is exceptionally responsive. His advice is always sound and straightforward.’

Excellent support – collaborative way of working, practical advice, solution orientated, highly knowledgeable.’

Lucy McLynn is excellent all round. The team understand our business and flex their advice and risk analysis perfectly.’

Key clients

Centre for Global Development Europe

Tenon FM Limited

Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom

The Alan Turing Institute

Capital City College Group

Unicef

English National Ballet

Green Party

Perkbox Limited

Architects Registration Board

Property finance Tier 7

Alongside its core real estate finance offering, the team at Bates Wells has considerable expertise in acting for lenders in the charity and social enterprise sectors. Mark Traynor leads the team, which also includes Malcolm Headley and Patrick Keown.

Practice head(s):

Mark Traynor

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Headley; Patrick Keown

Testimonials

‘We have been able to develop an excellent working relationship. The individuals we work with are very knowledgeable and experienced lawyers who have taken the time to understand our business.’

‘Well-structured team that highlights key risks and provides suggestions to mitigate them. There is a good understanding of our requirements – we rarely have to go back and ask follow-up questions or query what has been documented as it is clear and concise and in layman’s terms. The property team collaborates well with other teams such as banking and is very responsive.’

‘Very efficient service with very capable members of the real estate team able to advise on a range of property issues. Large firm expertise at a midsize firm.’

‘Bates Wells have a holistic approach to all issues, taking the time to consider the broader context and objectives. They provide a professional and knowledgeable service. On any matter we refer to Bates Wells they work collaboratively with our staff to tackle the problem, remaining focused on the central issues and working across specialisms as required. The real estate team have been tenacious in dealing with matters and have brought to bear significant expertise in the specific charity law requirements when it comes to the sale and mortgaging of property.’

‘An engaged and committed team with a good in-depth knowledge of property and finance matters, as well as factors relevant to certain specialist sectors – notably charity, healthcare and real estate. The team are responsive and strive to drive a transaction forward. They are always available and are sufficiently resourced that response times are quick.’

‘Malcolm Headley is sensible, doesn’t over or underplay issues and will help provide solutions rather than purely present problems.’

‘Patrick Keown and Malcolm Headley and the wider team have always proved to be knowledgeable, commercial and solution focused.’

Key clients

Architects Heritage Fund

Arbuthnot Latham

Big Issue Invest

The Charity Bank

Coutts

Handelsbanken

Lloyds

Metro

Santander

Reliance

Triodos

UTB

Shelter

People Potential Possibilities

UK Sailing Association

GMS Estates Limited

FM Conway

Bates Wells is a City firm with a difference.

The firm believes in making a positive impact, whether that’s achieving legislative and regulatory change around sustainability, or working on a landmark case with wide-ranging implications. It is not afraid to challenge the status-quo. As a values-driven firm, Bates Wells shows commitment to its clients, people, the environment and society. It was the first UK firm to achieve B Corporation certification.

The firm’s clients are diverse – from global household names, to public bodies, to start-ups. It is also the firm of choice for thousands of charities and social enterprises.

Bates Wells has excellent strength in corporate and commercial law, as well as employment, real estate, arts and media, immigration, litigation and public and regulatory law. The firm is based in London, but it has a significant international practice across all specialisations, reflecting the international scope of many of its clients.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF PRACTICE

Charity & Social Enterprise:
The charity and social enterprise department is recognised as one of the leading practices in the country. It acts for numerous household names, international charities and NGOs. It has particular expertise in obtaining charitable status for innovative organisations and for developing new initiatives within the sector. The firm, as well as having initiated the idea of the ‘Community Interest Company’, has been responsible through the years for many books and other publications. Particularly noted has been the department’s cutting-edge advice on social enterprise; its close liaison with the Cabinet Office on social impact bonds; its ground-breaking work in advising charities and the government on the developing area of mutualisation and public service delivery; and the consolidation of its role as a market leader in the field of social finance.

Corporate & Commercial:
The corporate/commercial team has developed considerable expertise in M&A, company take-overs, joint ventures, management buyouts, commercial contracts and partnership advice. This team is increasingly involved in the technology sector and specialises in the small to mid-cap market, acting on many AIM listings.

Impact Economy:
A key area of focus for the firm is businesses who are dedicated to achieving profit alongside purpose. Bates Wells’ own values-driven ethos underpins its advice in this sector.

Culture & Creative:
The culture and creative team advises a wide range of arts organisations and venues across the creative industries, from theatre, dance and opera, to artists and companies in the digital sphere.

Employment:
The employment team advises both employers and employees on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, including dismissals and redundancies, restrictive covenants, TUPE, service agreements and injunctions. The team has particular interest and expertise in all areas of discrimination. The team undertakes most representative work in-house, both in the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. It also offers a full range of employment training services, including mock tribunal training.

Immigration:
The immigration department handles all aspects of immigration and nationality law, including work permits, highly-skilled migrant applications, residency, asylum work and human rights.

Litigation:
The litigation department is broad-based, with particular specialisations in commercial litigation, real estate litigation, administrative law, civil liberty law, social work law, intellectual property law, insolvency and defamation. The media disputes team’s notable matters include representing The Times in a ground-breaking Supreme Court appeal, in which the judge established a common law right to information from public authorities, where it is in the public interest for such information to be released.

Politics, Elections & Campaigning Law:
The team has advised on some of the biggest political issues of our time, including advising Britain Stronger in Europe on their role as the designated lead campaigner on the ‘Remain’ side of the EU referendum debate; advising the largest non-party campaigners and the Green Party in the run-up to the 2015 General Election and the 2016 devolved national elections in Scotland and Wales; and advising one of the prospective Labour Party candidates in relation to the 2016 London Mayoral campaign.

Public & Regulatory:
This team acts for regulators, charities, not-for-profit and private sector organisations. The team has a particular focus on work with educational establishments and central and local government (including audit). It also acts for businesses, campaign groups and individuals who wish to challenge the decisions of public authorities.

Real Estate:
The real estate team handles all types of commercial property work with related specialist expertise in financing and borrowing, planning and construction, and insolvency work, both for property companies, and also a wide range of businesses and individuals, both as landlords and tenants.

International:
Bates Wells has a significant international practice across all specialisations, reflecting the international scope of many of its clients. Bates Wells is a founder member of the esela – The legal network for social impact, as well as the Parlex Group, an extensive network of European firms bringing together practices specialising in commercial law, with affiliates in the US, China and Israel.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Martin Bunch
Advertising and marketing law Rupert Earle
Charity and social enterprise Philip Kirkpatrick
Corporate and commercial Mark Tasker
Culture and creative Lawrence Simanowitz
Dispute resolution Robert Oakley
Employment Lucy McLynn
Environment Simon Steeden
Faith-based organisations Stephanie Biden
Finance Luke Fletcher
Immigration Tim Barnden
Insolvency Malcolm Robson
IP/IT and information law Lawrence Simanowitz
Legacies and probate disputes Robert Oakley
Litigation Robert Oakley
Media disputes Rupert Earle
Public and regulatory law Melanie Carter
Social finance Luke Fletcher
Sports Thea Longley
Trade associations and membership bodies Thea Longley
Trade marks Mathew Healey
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Rosamund  McCarthy Etherington photo Ms Rosamund McCarthy Etherington Partner. Areas of expertise include: charity registrations (local, national and international); philanthropy…
 Tim Barnden  photo Tim Barnden Tim is a Partner in the Immigration Department advising clients across the…
 Stephanie Biden  photo Stephanie Biden Partner. Advises on establishing new charities and social enterprises, and assists charities…
 Martin Bunch  photo Martin Bunch Managing partner dealing with employment law; CEDR accredited mediator.
 Stephen Callender  photo Stephen Callender Stephen has extensive experience of advising issuers, nomads, brokers and financial advisers…
 Melanie Carter  photo Melanie Carter Head of public and regulatory department. Melanie has been a specialist in…
 Anthony Cartmell  photo Anthony Cartmell Partner and head of real estate department
 Erica Crump  photo Erica Crump Erica is a Partner and has been with BWB since 2006. Her…
 David Davies  photo David Davies Partner covering all aspects of small to mid-cap corporate work, including private…
 Augustus Della-Porta photo Augustus Della-Porta Partner.  Advises acharities and not-for profits on a range of commercial and charity…
 Emma Dowden-Teale  photo Emma Dowden-Teale Emma advises on all aspects of regulatory and public law, both contentious…
 Rupert Earle  photo Rupert Earle Public law: numerous cases for the Advertising Standards Authority, including Sainsburys v…
 Luke Fletcher  photo Luke Fletcher Partner. Luke specialises in charity law and social enterprise. As well as…
 Pippa Garland  photo Pippa Garland Pippa has experience of working with a wide range of charities and…
 William Garnett  photo William Garnett Partner leading the employment team (12 lawyers of which four are partners).…
 Martin Gunson  photo Martin Gunson Real estate and related finance partner dealing with all aspects of commercial…
 Mathew Healey  photo Mathew Healey Mat is a chartered trade mark attorney and heads up our IP…
 Karli Hiscock  photo Karli Hiscock Karli has over 10 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial property…
 Paul Jennings  photo Paul Jennings Paul is a specialist employment and discrimination lawyer. He advises employers and…
 Caraline Johnson  photo Caraline Johnson Caraline has over 20 years’ experience in education law and has worked…
 Patrick Keown  photo Patrick Keown Partner
 Philip Kirkpatrick  photo Philip Kirkpatrick Deputy managing partner and joint head of charity and social enterprise team,…
 Thea Longley  photo Thea Longley Partner in the charity and social enterprise team and head of the…
 Richard Marke  photo Richard Marke Partner, commercial team. Richard has a broad range of commercial contract and…
 Lucy Mclynn  photo Lucy Mclynn Contentious employment work with particular emphasis on discrimination and status issues; reported…
 Robert Oakley  photo Robert Oakley Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution / Litigation Department. Case load includes…
 Chetal Patel  photo Chetal Patel Chetal advises individuals on securing leave to enter and remain in the…
 Tom Pratt  photo Tom Pratt Tom provides a wide range of contractual, commercial and governance advice to…
 Lesley Robinson  photo Lesley Robinson Partner and head of property dispute resolution main areas of practice: property…
 Malcolm Robson  photo Malcolm Robson Partner specialising in commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, including general corporate litigation,…
 Abbie Rumbold  photo Abbie Rumbold Partner in charity and social enterprise team. Recent work includes: Spin-out of…
 Paul Seath  photo Paul Seath Contentious and non-contentious employment work, including transactional advice. Particular interest in disability…
 Lawrence Simanowitz  photo Lawrence Simanowitz Specialist in advising UK and international charities, arts and media organisations, not-for-profits…
 Laura Soley  photo Laura Soley Partner in the charity and social enterprise team and head of the…
 Simon Steeden  photo Simon Steeden Partner in charity and social enterprise department. Provide corporate and commercial, financial,…
 Mark Tasker  photo Mark Tasker Partner and head of corporate and commercial team. Specialist in corporate finance,…
 Mark Traynor  photo Mark Traynor Partner in the property team acting for commercial, charity and private clients…
 Molly Waiting  photo Molly Waiting Molly joined the Corporate and Commercial team after completing her training contract…
 Claire Whittle  photo Claire Whittle Claire has experience in a wide range of public and regulatory work. …
Number of UK partners : 37
Number of other UK fee-earners : 115

Promoting diversity and inclusion is a key priority for us. It is weaved throughout everything we do. Our engagement ranges from the pro bono work of our volunteers through to the core work of the firm.

We take action, including through our Diversity & Inclusion Forum (DIF), to bring about positive change. Some of our achievements include:

  • Regularly welcoming school age children to the firm and providing work-based experience through our Social Mobility and Schools Outreach programme.
  • Using contextual recruitment processes (including working with Rare Recruitment to calibrate academic results in the context of an average school performance, caring responsibilities and/or having been in care etc) and specific diversity-focused agencies to recruit to meet our diversity goals.
  • Working with Breaking Barriers, to offer placements to refugees in our legal and business teams to support integration through employment.
  • Co-authoring the Practical Toolkit for Women in Law with the Law Society as a guide to help female lawyers throughout the world.
  • Becoming the first law firm to adopt The Halo Code, which explicitly protects employees with natural hairstyles associated with their racial, ethnic, and cultural identities.
  • Publicly committing to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter.
  • Partaking in the Law Society women in the profession centenary work – holding separate roundtable meetings for women and for men, internally and with clients and in-house lawyers, to consider barriers and solutions to career advancement of women lawyers, and to feed in the outcomes to our Management Board and the Law Society.
  • Signing The Race at Work Charter – an initiative designed to improve outcomes for BAME employees in the UK.
  • Organising regular activities and speakers for Black History Month, Holocaust Day and Mental Health Awareness Week.
  • Preparing gender and ethnicity pay gap reports, in particular formulating the action points designed to close the gap, including family friendly policies, encouraging flexible and adaptable working for all employees and partners, and improving inclusion and unconscious bias training.
  • Being an accredited Living Wage Employer and being a founder member of London Citizens’ Living Wage Campaign.
  • Partnering with Sutton Trust on their Pathways to Law programme for disadvantaged people.
  • Creating a list of resources to increase understanding about disabilities, caring responsibilities and neurodiversity.
  • Receiving the Belief at Work Award from Savanta ComRes, for commitment to creating a workplace through which our staff and clients of all faiths and none can flourish (in part through our Faith at Work group).

We have HR functions which monitor the development of staff through promotion ensuring appropriate training and work opportunities to maximise potential.

Many of our lawyers are leaders in equality law and we bring this to bear in seeking the development equalities law. Our Head of Public and Regulatory was previously an in-house lawyer for the Commission for Racial Equality (a predecessor of the Equality and Human Rights Commission). Our Head of Employment was, for many years, on the government’s Advisory Panel of the Equal Opportunities Review. Moreover, a great many of Bates Wells’ clients, for whom we do discounted work, are pioneers in positive action, advancement and allyship, such as Black Lives Matter.

As the first law firm to be certified as a B Corporation (a business that meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance), our commitment in this area is routinely scrutinised to maintain our certification.