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Luke Fletcher

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Bates Wells Braithwaite

Work Department

Charity and social enterprise; social finance; impact economy.


Partner. Luke specialises in charity law and social enterprise. As well as advising on the full range of activities carried out by charities and social enterprises, Luke co-leads the firm’s work on social finance and in the wider ‘impact economy’. Recent work includes advising a leading think tank in relation to a high-profile regulatory review by the Charity Commission, advising a leading independent school in relation to a complex statutory inquiry and advising a household name multinational firm on its adoption of a new purpose to benefit society as well as its shareholders.


Trained White & Case; qualified 2007; solicitor BWB 2007; secondments to Social Investment Team, Cabinet Office 2011-13; partner BWB 2013. Current directorships: Chair of the European Social Enterprise Law Association and a board director of B Lab UK. Publications of note: ‘Investing in Civil Society’, ‘Ten Reforms to Grow the Social Investment Market’, ‘Marketing Social Investments’, ‘Governance for Community Interest Companies’, ‘Social Enterprise in Europe: Supporting Social Enterprise Growth’.


Charity Law Association and European Social Enterprise Law Association.


University of Nottingham and University of Texas, Austin (2003 LLB with American Law).


Enjoys tennis, running, time with family – and reading!

London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Bates Wells Braithwaite  ‘takes the times to understand its clients’ values and priorities and then gives advice that is accurate and practical’. The ‘very industriousPhilip Kirkpatrick heads the department and is an ‘imaginative and resourceful thinker’. Thea Longley  ‘attracts high-profile clients and retains their confidence’. Rosamund McCarthy provides ‘clear and sensible advice and works within deadlines’ and Stephanie Biden  provides a ‘consistently excellent service’. Luke Fletcher  gives ‘excellent advice and guidance’ and Laura Soley  is ‘very experienced and level-headed’. Lawrence Simanowitz  is praised for his ‘excellent communication skills and knowledge’. Abbie Rumbold  has particular expertise in the social enterprise sector and associate Lucy Rhodes ‘tenaciously digs away through historical documents to come up with highly useable advice and solutions’. Augustus Della-Porta  is now a partner and Julian Blake  joined Stone King LLP  Clients include Oxfam and the RNIB. The group continues to advise the Royal Albert Hall on various high profile and complex governance and constitutional issues relating to the Hall’s constitution – the constitution was created by Royal Charter and several acts of parliament dating back to 1876. The Samaritans, National Federation of Women’s Institutes and BBC Children in Need are also clients.

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