Bates Wells

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Number of partners: 37
Other fee-earners: 115

Advertising & Marketing:
Rupert Earle
Banking & Finance: Patrick Keown
Charity & Social Enterprise: Philip Kirkpatrick
Competition: Lindsay Draffan
Corporate/M&A: Mark Tasker
Commercial Contracts: Richard Marke
Culture & Creative: Erica Crump
Dispute Resolution: Robert Oakley
Education: Jean Tsang
Employment: Lucy McLynn
Environment: Simon Steeden
Faith-Based Organisations: Stephanie Biden, Leona Roche
Immigration: Tim Barnden
Insolvency: Robert Oakley
Legacies & Probate Disputes: Robert Oakley
Litigation: Robert Oakley
Media Disputes: Rupert Earle
Politics, Elections & Campaigning: Simon Steeden
Public & Regulatory: Melanie Carter
Public Services & Mutuals: Augustus Della-Porta
Real Estate: Mark Traynor
Real Estate Disputes: William Scott
Social Finance: Luke Fletcher
Sports: Thea Longley
Trade Associations: Nicole Curtis
Trade Marks: Mathew Healey

Bates Wells is a City firm with a difference.

The firm believes in making a positive impact, whether that’s achieving legislative and regulatory change around sustainability, or working on a landmark case with wide-ranging implications. It is not afraid to challenge the status-quo. As a values-driven firm, Bates Wells shows commitment to its clients, people, the environment and society. It was the first UK firm to achieve B Corporation certification.

The firm’s clients are diverse – from global household names, to public bodies, to start-ups. It is also the firm of choice for thousands of charities and social enterprises.

Bates Wells has excellent strength in corporate and commercial law, as well as employment, real estate, arts and media, immigration, litigation and public and regulatory law. The firm is based in London, but it has a significant international practice across all specialisations, reflecting the international scope of many of its clients.

Charity & Social Enterprise:
Corporate & Commercial: 16%
Dispute Resolution: 12%
Employment: 13%
Immigration: 6%
Public & Regulatory: 4%
Real Estate: 17%
Social Finance: 3%


Charity & Social Enterprise:

The charity and social enterprise department is recognised as one of the leading practices in the country. It acts for numerous household names, international charities and NGOs. It has particular expertise in obtaining charitable status for innovative organisations and for developing new initiatives within the sector. The firm, as well as having initiated the idea of the ‘Community Interest Company’, has been responsible through the years for many books and other publications. Particularly noted has been the department’s cutting-edge advice on social enterprise; its close liaison with the Cabinet Office on social impact bonds; its ground-breaking work in advising charities and the government on the developing area of mutualisation and public service delivery; and the consolidation of its role as a market leader in the field of social finance.

Corporate & Commercial:
The corporate/commercial team has developed considerable expertise in M&A, company take-overs, joint ventures, management buyouts, commercial contracts and partnership advice. This team is increasingly involved in the technology sector and specialises in the small to mid-cap market, acting on many AIM listings.

Impact Economy:
A key area of focus for the firm is businesses who are dedicated to achieving profit alongside purpose. Bates Wells’ own values-driven ethos underpins its advice in this sector.

Culture & Creative:
The culture and creative team advises a wide range of arts organisations and venues across the creative industries, from theatre, dance and opera, to artists and companies in the digital sphere.

The employment team advises both employers and employees on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law, including dismissals and redundancies, restrictive covenants, TUPE, service agreements and injunctions. The team has particular interest and expertise in all areas of discrimination. The team undertakes most representative work in-house, both in the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. It also offers a full range of employment training services, including mock tribunal training.

The immigration department handles all aspects of immigration and nationality law, including work permits, highly-skilled migrant applications, residency, asylum work and human rights.

The litigation department is broad-based, with particular specialisations in commercial litigation, real estate litigation, administrative law, civil liberty law, social work law, intellectual property law, insolvency and defamation. The media disputes team’s notable matters include representing The Times in a ground-breaking Supreme Court appeal, in which the judge established a common law right to information from public authorities, where it is in the public interest for such information to be released.

Politics, Elections & Campaigning Law:
The team has advised on some of the biggest political issues of our time, including advising Britain Stronger in Europe on their role as the designated lead campaigner on the ‘Remain’ side of the EU referendum debate; advising the largest non-party campaigners and the Green Party in the run-up to the 2015 General Election and the 2016 devolved national elections in Scotland and Wales; and advising one of the prospective Labour Party candidates in relation to the 2016 London Mayoral campaign.

Public & Regulatory:
This team acts for regulators, charities, not-for-profit and private sector organisations. The team has a particular focus on work with educational establishments and central and local government (including audit). It also acts for businesses, campaign groups and individuals who wish to challenge the decisions of public authorities.

Real Estate:
The real estate team handles all types of commercial property work with related specialist expertise in financing and borrowing, planning and construction, and insolvency work, both for property companies, and also a wide range of businesses and individuals, both as landlords and tenants.

Bates Wells has a significant international practice across all specialisations, reflecting the international scope of many of its clients. Bates Wells is a founder member of the esela - The legal network for social impact, as well as the Parlex Group, an extensive network of European firms bringing together practices specialising in commercial law, with affiliates in the US, China and Israel.


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Global 2021 High Net Worth 2020

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Corporate/M&A: Mid-Market

Mark Tasker
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Employment: Employee & Trade Union

Paul Jennings
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Employment: Employer: Third Sector

Lucy McLynn
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Paul Seath
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Employment: Senior Executive

Paul Jennings
Band 4
Rachel Mathieson
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