We create, support and grow enterprises for the common good.
Our team of social business solicitors have broad sector-specific legal expertise and provide tailored advice for a variety of social businesses, including:
- Community organisations
- Co-operatives and mutuals
- Social enterprises
- Businesses driven by their values
Social businesses have different legal requirements to other commercial businesses. Whilst equally focused on commercial necessity, their very reason for existence affects day-to-day operation, including how they deal with staff, customers and the wider community. This different outlook requires legal services that are responsive to a values-driven approach, provided by experts who understand the specifics.
As a mission-led business, committed to improving lives, communities and society, we understand the need to provide services that are specifically designed to achieve a social purpose and respond to the values-driven approach. It is this that drives our passion to provide the best possible services to your social business.
Social businesses and the law
Our legal system provides the framework within which businesses operate. It is our job, as solicitors, to provide legal support that enables you to achieve your goals.
We help to set up social businesses and support with their corporate design, as well as providing legal advice that enables existing social businesses to develop and evolve. If you need to acquire and sell property, or other assets, we work with you, providing legal advice and support, to make the change as smooth as possible. We also advise on commercial contracts and a wide range of business and trading issues including employment, funding and social investment, dispute resolution, and governance. When you’re a community group who wants to manage your own housing; a social enterprise who wants to deliver public services or a user, employee or multi-constituency co-operative who wants to operate in a range of sectors, our team can help you.
All of the work we do has a clear focus; to enable you to drive the change that you want to see in the communities in which you live and work. We want to help you to achieve your goals, and build a long-term sustainable future.
For the past few years, we have engaged Anthony Collins Solicitors for support across a multitude of projects as well as ad-hoc advice. The quality of the support and advice received to date across the board cannot be faulted. Anthony Collins Solicitors is proactive in its approach to meet our needs, and have proven to be meticulous and their flexible attitude also helps maintain a strong and close working relationship. Based on my experience, I have no hesitation in recommending their services.Finance Director, Greenwich Leisure Limited.
Select your type of social business
Co-operatives and mutuals
Helping co-operatives and mutuals with legal solutions.
Advising TMOs, Locality members, community-based organisations, CLTs and community-led housing.
Helping social entrepreneurs create innovative solutions to problems in communities and society.
Provision of legal advice to values-driven businesses.
We are hosting The Exchange at this year's Greenbelt, in partnership with Central England Co-operative, Traidcraft, Resonance and CMS.
Leads work with social businesses and charities.
We have been recognised for the work we do
The decision of the Court of Appeal in The Harpur Trust v Brazel & Unison has made clear that employers can no longer legally calculate part-time holiday based on 12.07% of hours worked over a year.
The Government commissioned an independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in July 2018. The outcome was published in May 2019 which highlighted areas for improvement.
Our spotlight piece considers the role of a Senior Independent Director and sector best practice. We also explore recent developments in case law, regulatory and data protection updates, and more.
On 8 July, news broke of the staggering fine of more than £183m the ICO intended to levy against British Airways as a result of a hack that took place in 2018, compromising 500,000 customers' data.
The Lifeline Project was a well-regarded charity. Failure to carry out the targets within the contracts led the charity into insolvency and resulted in a personal, 7-year disqualification order.
On 23 July, trainees from Anthony Collins Solicitors will host an ‘experience day’, which will involve various activities and presentations, with lawyers and non-lawyers from across the firm.
The UK Government has been consulting on how it should promote social value in its procurements. Here is our response that we submitted to the consultation...
The Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force on 1 June 2019.
A recent case in the Court of Appeal will no doubt bring a sigh of relief for employers, but a corresponding sigh of disappointment may be uttered for equality and gender balance in the workplace.
A recent case stands as a good reminder to employers to be careful when distinguishing between pensionable employment under a pension scheme’s rules and employment under a contract of employment.
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