Charities and Social Enterprise


 Services Icon

 News Icon

 Events Icon

As a leading charity law and social enterprise law firm, the charities and social enterprise sector form a core part of our business. We have an established charity and not-for-profit practice and reputation and we are committed to a continued review to develop our services to meet the rapidly changing needs of the sector. Our Charity and Social Enterprise solicitors look after our clients with a comprehensive and can-do approach through a dedicated national team working across the firm’s four offices.

“We are delighted to be ranked in the top 10 of specialist legal advisers to the UK’s biggest charities. The continued expansion of our client base demonstrates our long-term commitment to this sector.”

Ian Hempseed

The Charity and Social Enterprise solicitors at Hempsons are experienced in advising on all elements of charity law and regulation that impact on the sector, including the changes introduced as a result of the Charities Act 2011 and the Companies Act 2006. In addition, our Charity and Social Enterprise solicitors incorporate specialists from across the firm enabling us to advise and assist our charity and social enterprise clients in every aspect of their operations.

Covering every aspect of Charity and Social Enterprise law

We are also committed to contributing to the continuing development of the Charity and Social Enterprise sector. Hempsons has co-authored a number of publications copies of which can be found below.  We not only get involved in ‘blue sky’ thinking, epitomised by our series of round table discussions with recognised leaders in the sector, but also operate at research and policy level with sector bodies and clients. We are members of ACEVO, CFG, Social Enterprise UK, the Executive Committee of Charity Law Association and take part in their working parties. We recently wrote the content of the NCVO’s toolkit titled, ‘Trading: Choosing the Right Legal Form’ (see below) which is the latest product of their Sustainable Funding Project.

We are at the forefront in assessing the likely legal issues surrounding ‘personalisation’ in the health and social care sector, and having provided an ACEVO Masterclass on the subject, wrote the main section of the recently published booklet, Personalisation: Exploring the Legal Implications (see below).

Ian Hempseed, the Head of Charities and Social Enterprise at Hempsons, is a Mutuals Ambassador for the Mutuals Programme run by the Cabinet Office. One of the aims of the Mutuals Programme  is to drive the creation of new public service mutuals across public service.

Hempsons authored publications

Please select from the links below to view or print a copy of the publications:

Who we work with:

  • Charities
  • Professional bodies
  • Learned societies
  • Trade associations
  • Commercial organisations working with the third sector

Services for NHS Charities

We are able to offer NHS charities a full range of legal support, covering both technical charity law issues as well as wider commercial matters. Click here to read more.

Charity and Social Enterprise Services

Hempsons has been most helpful in briefing us on developments at a national level.

Chambers UK 2015

Excellent value for money, Hempsons is extremely professional, has great knowledge and is always prompt in its responses.

Legal 500 2014

The team delivers ‘prompt and empathetic service showing reliable sector knowledge’.

Legal 500 2013


Key Contacts

Picture of Ian Hempseed

Ian Hempseed

Partner, London
Charities & Social Enterprise
020 7484 7530
Picture of Simon Lee

Simon Lee

Charities & Social Enterprise
020 7484 7629
Picture of Chris Hook

Chris Hook

Associate, Newcastle
Charities & Social Enterprise
0191 230 6052