Knowledge and expertise

Our broad expertise in advising charities, social enterprises, staff led mutuals and other not for profit organisations (including membership bodies and trade associations) enables us to provide pragmatic and proactive advice to the sector as a whole. We are committed to continuing to develop our services to meet the changing needs of the sector.

Our team has worked with those operating within this sector for many years and advises on all aspects from start-up options and legal structures, to expansion, reorganisation and collaborations. Our aim is always to assist clients to maximise their impact and become more efficient.

We have a dedicated national team operating across the firm’s five offices in London, Harrogate, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton. Our clients range from household names to start-ups and from National and regional organisations to local groups.

Ian Hempseed

Partner and head of social enterprise

Helping you maximise
your impact


We are kept at the forefront of changes and influences in the sector by operating at research and policy level with specialist umbrella bodies, often acting as thought leaders on innovative developments.

Sharing the knowledge gained from our partnerships and wide range of clients, we work with clients at a strategic level to find ways to make their plans happen, and help them appraise opportunities from recent developments and government policy.


Development and adding value


Our national free seminar programme, bespoke in-house training, as well as more generic training sessions on a wide range of topical issues are well attended and valued by our clients and contacts. The team are also regularly invited to speak at external conferences and events.

Legal advice lines

Hempsons run the following free helplines:

  • Social Enterprise UK legal advice line
  • social care legal advice line

Research and reports

Working with our partners and other sector experts we produce helpful guides on a range of specialist topics. For example, the Hospice and Care Charity Benchmarking Report – a joint survey between Hempsons and charity accountants haysmacintyre.

How we can help

Our Charities and Social Enterprise team is experienced in advising on all elements of law and regulation that impact on the sector.

Areas of expertise:

• registrations of charities and social enterprises
• incorporation and conversion of existing charities
• set up of public services mutuals
• charity, company, Community Interest Company and Community Benefit Society regulation
• Royal Charter corporations
• collaborations and mergers
• governance reviews and training
• fundraising and income generation
• grants and Social Finance
• legacies

• contracts
• procurement and commissioning
• employment and equality and diversity
• intellectual property and technology
• disputes
• real estate
• projects and construction
• information governance

“Our colleagues at Hempsons have demonstrated time and again that they have a deep and expert understanding of the challenges our sector faces, and have been generous in providing their support and expertise to help ACEVO members find solutions to those challenges. We greatly value the longstanding relationship we have with them.”

Jane Ide OBE

“We have worked successfully with Hempsons for many years and they really are leaders in their field. We are delighted with their particular expertise in advising charities on a very much broader range of issues relevant to our work. Over the years we have received outstanding advice on governance, conveyancing, social care, HR and employment law, mergers, property management and contracting/procurement.”

Philip Bartey
Group Chief Executive,
Autism Plus and The Adsetts Partnership