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.
- Greenbelt 2017
Leads work with social businesses and charities.
We have been recognised for the work we do
Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) won four awards at the Birmingham Law Society Awards last night (8 March 2018), including Law Firm of the Year (16 partners or more).
Anthony Collins Solicitors has updated the National Community Land Trust (“NCLTN”) Model Rules.
We welcome the Labour Party’s commitment to doubling the size of the co-operative economy. We wholeheartedly support the ambition to grow this vitally important part of the economy.
The Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Amendment) Regulations (the ‘Regulations’) 2018 came into force on 26 February 2018, and apply to contracts made on or after that date.
Employers are having to walk a fine line between protecting their interests whilst also ensuring that they are not breaching their employees’ rights.
The sanctions against employers who knowingly or unknowingly employ individuals who do not have the correct immigration status to work in the UK are stringent.
Rebecca Read considers the implications of the decision in Donelien v Liberata UK Ltd and the employer’s obligations when determining whether a worker has a disability.
What can an employer do when its negotiations with a recognised union break down and they cannot collectively agree changes to terms?
Can an employee’s concerns raised purely out of self-interest constitute a qualifying disclosure for whistleblowing purposes?
The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) has confirmed that a 5 month gap in operations does not necessarily prevent TUPE applying.
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