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.
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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.
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Leads work with social businesses and charities.
We have been recognised for the work we do
September marks the end of summer, the start of a new school year and the release of this quarter’s company secretary update.
The GDPR and DPA 2018 have already been in force for nearly four months. Here we talk through some of the key learnings since May.
The Law Society has shortlisted Anthony Collins Solicitors in the Law Firm of the Year - Large category for the 2018 Excellence Awards.
In the case of Mbubaegbu v Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust, the EAT has found that no single act of gross misconduct is required for a fair dismissal for misconduct.
The High Court has decided that South Yorkshire firefighters working 4 days, and being on call for 4 nights, were working in breach of the Working Time Regulations resulting in a review.
The EAT held in OBI v Rice Shack Ltd that an employee on a zero-hours contract was entitled to be paid at her average weekly earnings rate while suspended pending disciplinary proceedings.
The EAT held in Roddis v Sheffield Hallam Uni that a zero-hours employee can compare themselves to a permanent full-time employee when seeking to enforce the right not to be treated less favourably.
In what has been a veritable deluge of data protection-related developments, we now have in our midst, a brand-new, homegrown iteration of data protection legislation; the Data Protection Act 2018.
The Employment Appeals Tribunal (“EAT”) held in Flowers v East of England Ambulance Trust that “normal” remuneration included voluntary overtime if it was paid over a sufficient period.
It was the Government announcement the Community-Led Housing sector had been waiting for; the £163million fund to build new community-led housing is now live.
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