Social business

Business. Better.
“To prosper over time, every company must deliver not only financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society.”

(Laurence Fink, CEO of Blackrock, January 2018)

The times for businesses are unpredictable. We all see examples of businesses both succeeding – and failing – to demonstrate business being done in a way that enhances its reputation. Consumers, employees and wider society are embracing their spending power and choosing businesses based on their values.

We help businesses achieve financial success and demonstrate their values through how they work, in all aspects of what they do.

Every business can be better. There are many ways to do this from small steps, to big leaps.

We help businesses make sure that their values are evident in:

  • Corporate deals and business ownership
  • Contracts and purchasing
  • IT, data and technology
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Property

We can help you do business for good and improve the bottom line. If you want to explore this, take a look at our Ethical Business Project – a new handbook for businesses or get in touch.

Business. Better.

Some examples of how we have helped businesses show their values:

Corporate deals and business ownership

  • innovative structures such as employee ownership, co-operative and mutual structures;
  • embedding purpose in your business process;
  • clear and open decision making;
  • alternative finance/funding structures like community shares and social investment;
  • accreditations and trade body membership which recognise demonstrate your integrity, such as B Corps, the Fair Tax mark and other ethical marks.


  • representation of gender, BAME and encouraging social mobility;
  • supporting diversity and going further than the letter of the law;
  • equal pay;
  • paying the living wage;
  • gig economy use,
  • “fair” employment terms and using apprenticeships and other workplace access schemes;

Commercial contracts

  • positive climate change action clauses;
  • ethical and environmentally sustainable supply chains;
  • incentivising quality;
  • partnering and collaborative projects;
  • terms and conditions which fairly apportion risk;
  • negotiations that are tough but fair.

IT, data and technology

  • creating ethical efficiencies through innovation;
  • maximising the value of data;
  • maintaining trust in your digital practices.


  • ethical buildings;
  • landlord requirements – both where you are landlord or demanding it of your landlord;
  • green buildings;
  • quality of works and taking responsibility for repairs/management companies in a way that goes above the bottom-line requirements.

Construction and development

  • true urban regeneration
  • sustainable development and communities;
  • fair payment/treatment down the supply chain;
  • social value through construction;
  • private/public partnerships that are genuinely driven by a common good.
For more information

Please contact David Alcock.

Select your type of social business

Co-operatives and mutuals

Helping co-operatives and mutuals with legal solutions.

Community organisations

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Social enterprises

Helping social entrepreneurs create innovative solutions to…

Business for good

Provision of legal advice to values-driven businesses.

The Ethical Business Project

The Ethical Business Project uncovers the journey to…

Building a better business – employee ownership

An increasing number of new and existing business owners…


We have been recognised for the work we do

Outstanding Individual Supporter – CBIT Diamond Awards

Family Law Firm of the Year: Midlands and Wales 2021

Anthony Collins Solicitors wins independent law firm of the year

Chambers and Partners Ranking 2022

The Legal 500 Leading Individuals 2022

The Legal 500 Top Tier Firm 2022

The Legal 500 Next Generation Partners 2022

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame 2022

The Legal 500 Rising Stars 2022

SepsisSavvy 2021

Appeal against pension regulator fine

We helped a client where there had been a failure to pay over pension contributions.

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Latest news

Anthony Collins Solicitors expands Church of England Diocesan Registrar work with new appointment

Kirsty Duxbury, a lawyer at national social purpose law firm Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) and Deputy Registrar of the Diocese of Blackburn, has been appointed as Diocesan Registrar of the Diocese of Worcester.

Monday 25 July 2022

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Anthony Collins Solicitors completes merger with specialist practice Jobling Gowler

Social purpose law firm Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) has merged with Cheshire-based specialist private client practice Jobling Gowler.

Friday 1 July 2022

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Latest webinars and podcasts

PODCAST: Harpur holiday pay – judgment published

In this podcast, you will listen to Libby Hubbard and Anna Dabek providing a brief summary of the impact of the judgment in the case of Harpur Trust v Brazel.

Friday 29 July 2022

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PODCAST: Episode 4 – Hidden disability awareness: Mental health – A colleague’s experience with counselling

In this podcast, Puja Desai interviews Kimberley Foster and discusses her experience with counselling. This is a really helpful podcast for anyone who has thought about counselling.

Monday 13 June 2022

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1Jan10:00 — 11:00

WEBINAR: Planning your IT procurement strategy

1Jan10:00 — 12:00

WEBINAR: Bucking the great resignation

Sector Lead

David Alcock


Partner in the governance, funding and corporate team