What is BaSE?:HL BaSE Legal

Our Social Enterprise and Social Finance Practice

Hogan Lovells' Social Enterprise and Social Finance Practice is a significant and very successful part of the firm's engagement with our communities.  We strongly believe that social enterprises play a crucial role both in tackling and addressing social and community problems and in enhancing the economy. We advise domestic and international social enterprises across a vast range of legal issues. Hogan Lovells recognizes the key role that social impact plays in successful and sustainable business.

Our Social Enterprise and Social Finance Practice, which forms part of BaSE and has been running for over seven years, represents both a practical demonstration of our corporate responsibility and is also in alignment with our commercial practice. It provides an avenue through which we are able to engage some of the firm's commercial clients in delivery of that practice.

The practice is led by a board of partners from throughout the firm and coordinated by a full-time dedicated Social Enterprise and Social Finance Associate. 

The Social Enterprise and Social Finance Practice aims to deliver outstanding advice and business support to:

• allow potential high growth social enterprises the opportunity to become investment ready and attractive propositions for investment and growth from the social finance sector;
• enhance the capacity of social enterprises to become sustainable businesses;
• facilitate investment into social enterprises from social finance institutions; and
• increase the social impact made by our social enterprise clients.

The work taken on by our lawyers through our Social Enterprise and Social Finance Practice deals takes a variety of forms, including:

• legal workshops for UnLtd's Big Venture Challenge;
• legal advice on issues ranging from corporate governance through to employment and intellectual property;
• legal training for social finance institutions;
• drafting legal agreements for social enterprise clients, such as shareholder and investment agreements; and
• facilitating consultation and research to foster a better understanding of policy issues affecting social entrepreneurs.

"I think the Hogan Lovells social enterprise program is second-to-none - a different league from many other pro bono programs I have experienced. In terms of speed of response, quality and timeliness of work provided, attention to detail, proactive interventions and on-going commitment - it is an absolute pleasure to work with Hogan Lovells and we hope Oomph! Wellness will continue to benefit from their support for years to come." - Oomph! Wellness