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Helping you to deliver maximum social impact

Hempsons has an established charity and social enterprise legal practice and reputation with a dedicated national team of lawyers across the firm’s five offices in London, Manchester, Harrogate, Newcastle and Southampton. Our team has worked with those operating within this sector for many years and advises on all aspects from start-up options and legal structures, to expansion, reorganisation and collaborations. Our aim is always to assist our clients to maximise their impact and become more efficient.

Our broad expertise in advising charities, social enterprises and other not for profit organisations enables us to provide pragmatic and proactive legal advice to the sector as a whole as it faces challenging times and recognises the need to become more innovative and work more closely with others both from within and outside the sector.

Sharing the knowledge gained from our partnerships with specialist umbrella bodies and a wide range of clients, we work with clients at a strategic level to find ways to make their plans happen, and help them appraise opportunities from recent developments and Government policy.

As well as being specialist legal advisors to charities and social enterprises, Hempsons is also one of the largest specialist health and social care legal practices in the UK. Very few firms can provide our unique blend of corporate, charities and social enterprise expertise together with our extensive knowledge of the health and social care environment. ACEVO members can get up to 20 minutes free advice via their social care legal advice line. To access the advice line simply call 01423 724056 quoting ‘social care advice line’ or email

They have an in-depth knowledge of charity law and are good to work with

Chambers 2022

We were really impressed with them – they really took the time to understand the nuances of what we were trying to achieve and helped us to make informed decisions

Chambers 2022


Ian Hempseed

Partner, head of charities & social enterprise
0207 484 7530

Helen Hirst

Associate, northern lead for charities and social enterprise
01423 724035

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