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Helping you to deliver maximum social impact

Hempsons have an established charity and social enterprise practice and reputation with a dedicated national team across the firm’s four offices in London, Manchester, Harrogate and Newcastle.  As a top 10 specialist legal advisor to the UK’s top charities, our team has worked with those operating within this sector for many years and advises on all aspects from startup options and legal structures, to expansion 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 advice to the sector as a whole as it faces challenging times and recognises the need to become more innovative and entrepreneurial.

“We have worked successfully with Hempsons for several years and remain highly impressed with their specialist knowledge of the charity sector in particular.  We have dealt with a number of experts from Hempsons ranging from employment, property, contractual and constitutional matters and on company and charity law and regulatory issues.  In each key area we have received high quality support, and speedy turnaround and responses, which is most impressive.”

Philip Bartey, Group CEO, Autism Plus

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.

Specialist core services:

  • Charity Law
  • Charities & trading
  • Collaborations and joint ventures
  • Company Law
  • Fundraising
  • Governance & constitutional reviews
  • Incorporation of existing charities
  • Legacies
  • Mergers
  • Royal Charter Corporations
  • Social Enterprises & Mutuals
  • Start-ups & registrations for charities
  • Start-ups for CICs & social enterprises
  • Trustee training

Additional services:

  • Care Quality Regulation
  • Commercial contracting
  • Disputes & litigation
  • Employment & discrimination
  • Health & Safety
  • Information governance
  • IT/internet
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mental health
  • Personalisation
  • Procurement & commissioning
  • Projects & construction
  • Property
  • Public sector services & spin outs
  • Social finance
  • State aid

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Ian Hempseed

Partner, head of charities & social enterprise
0207 484 7530

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