TrustLaw Training: Social Enterprise & Impact Investing

19 October 2016 | 25 October 2016 | 27 October 2016
Thomson Reuters 30 South Colonnade London E14 5EP United Kingdom

Date & Time

  • 19 October 2016
  • 25 October 2016
  • 27 October 2016


  • Thomson Reuters 30 South Colonnade London E14 5EP United Kingdom

On 19, 25 and 27 October 2017, the team behind TrustLaw will be running a breakfast series that will provide legal training on social enterprise and impact investing.

This course is designed to provide lawyers and other professionals with training on two key areas, social enterprise and impact investing, helping them understand the important issues that affect the different agents in the sector and the role they can play in shaping it.

Teaching will be delivered with a mix of lectures and panels facilitated by academics, lawyers, social investors and social entrepreneurs themselves.

At the end of this training, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the shape of the social economy in the UK and how the UK has positioned itself as a leading player in this space globally.
  • Advise on the appropriate business structure for different social enterprises and on different mechanisms to lock social mission into business activities.
  • Recognise the key legal issues facing social entrepreneurs to help ensure agreements and commercial documentation reflect the financial and social realities of this rapidly growing sector
  • Have a clear understanding of some of the different tools used to inject capital into socially focused businesses, including social impact bonds, crowdfunding and impact investment funds


This course will be eligible for 5 hours of CPD.


3x breakfast sessions – £329 + VAT
2x breakfast sessions – £239 + VAT
1x breakfast session – £129 + VAT

The cost of the course goes to support the work of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono service, TrustLaw, whose mission is to spread the practice of pro bono worldwide.


  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Social Enterprise: Key Legal Challenges

    8.15 - 8.45 | Registration & Coffee/Breakfast

    8.45 - 9.30 | Keynote: Overview of Social Enterprise in the UK
    Market overview of the social enterprise sector in the UK, including definitions, history, and key debates.

    Keynote Speaker: Tim West, Founder and Editor, Pioneers Post

    9.30 - 10.00 | Lecture: Common Legal Challenges faced by Social Entrepreneurs 

    Overview of the key legal challenges faced by new social businesses, including governance, intellectual property, contracts and employee issues from a social enterprise perspective.

    Speaker: Lauren Meyer, Legal Manager, TrustLaw

    10.00 - 10.30 | Panel: Through the Eyes of a Social Entrepreneur
    Hear direct from entrepreneurs about how they deal with their legal needs

    Moderator: Nicholas Glicher, Legal Director, Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Panelists: Cecilia Crossley, Director/Founder, From Babies with Love, Johnny Chatterton, Founder, Campaign Academy, Joshua Bicknell, Co-Founder and CEO, Balloon Ventures

    10.30 - 11.00 | Panel Q&A + Networking

  • Social Enterprise: Legal Structures & Social Mission

    8.15 - 8.45 | Registration & Coffee/Breakfast

    8.45 - 9.15 | Keynote Speaker: Cliff Prior, CEO, Big Society Capital

    9.15 - 10.00 | Lecture: Structuring Social Enterprises and Protecting Social Mission
    Understand the different structures available to social enterprises and why some are favoured ahead of others. This session will also discuss protecting the social mission of ‘profit with purpose’ business and the different legal mechanisms to lock in social purpose.

    Speaker: Luke Fletcher, Partner and Head of Social Finance, Bates Wells Braithwaite; Oliver Hunt, Solicitor (Social Ventures & Social Finance Team), Bates Wells Braithwaite

    10.00 - 10.30 | Panel: Where Mission Meets Form: What Legal Structures Social Entrepreneurs Choose and Why
    A panel discussion that will provide insight into different legal structures chosen by social entrepreneurs and the impact it has on achieving social mission.

    Moderator: Luke Fletcher, Partner and Head of Social Finance, Bates Wells Braithwaite
    Panelists: Tom Fox, Policy Head, UnLtd, Gary F. Brown, Partner, Morrison & Foerster (International) LLP

    10.30 - 11.00 | Panel Q&A + Networking

  • Impact Investing: Social Investment & Impact Funds

    8.15 - 8.45 | Registration & Coffee/Breakfast

    8.45 - 9.15 | Keynote: Overview of Social Investment and Funding Models
    Market overview of impact investing and social finance in the UK, covering key players, timeline, history and a look forward to the future of the sector. The lecture will also look at funding models available for social investment in the UK

    Keynote Speaker: Antony Ross, Director & Partner, Bridges Ventures

    9.15 - 9.45 | Lecture: Impact Investment Funds
    Lecture on the legal structuring of social impact funds and how the differing needs and requirements of social investors are reflected in a fund.

    Speaker: Peter Boulle, Associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

    9.45 - 10.30 | Panel: Impact Investment Funds
    Key fund managers and financial intermediaries discuss how they structure their funds, and how to strike the right balance between social and financial returns.

    Moderator: Nicholas Glicher, Legal Director, Thomas Reuters Foundation
    Panelists: Geoff Burnand, Chief Executive, Investing for Good, Natalie Pinon, Director of Impact, Social & Sustainable Capital, Lekan Ojumu, Investment Manager, CAF Venturesome

    10.30 - 11.00 | Panel Q&A + Networking