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  • What we do:
    Professional Services Firm
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    • Bates Wells, 10 Queen Street Place, London, EC4R 1BE
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About Bates Wells

Bates Wells are a professional services consultancy combining legal, corporate finance, strategy and financial regulatory compliance.

Founded in 1970 by Andrew Phillips, the company has always been based in London. Today, there are more than 250 staff and 38 partners, specialising in advising responsible businesses and public interest organisations.

The firm works with a wide range of clients, large and small, across a variety of sectors, from established businesses, charities, social enterprises and public bodies to innovative start-ups and high-profile individuals.

In 2014, the firm became an alternative business structure - the first City-based firm to do so specifically to provide a unified service to their clients. They combine practical, commercial legal expertise with the deep understanding of the third sector that comes from working with more charities and social enterprises than any other UK firm.

Bates Wells are a forward-thinking company and, as such, operate a zero waste-to-landfill policy, recycling everything - coffee grounds are recycled into advanced biofuels.

What is it like to work for Bates Wells

Personal Growth
Personal Growth
Bates Wells have a comprehensive and broad approach to employee development. Most recently receiving widespread publicity for supporting the first ever paralegal to qualify as a lawyer by virtue of the work undertaken and educational support given whilst working at the firm over an extended period.
Giving Something Back
Giving Something Back
60% of Bates Wells work is for charities and not-for-profit organisations. The company regularly encourages employees to become charity trustees, holding 100 trusteeships and giving paid time off to employees for their charitable services.
My Company
My Company
They used the area of weakness ‘I have hidden talents which are not recognised by my employer’ as the theme for their staff away day. From this, management have agreed to focus more on internal promotions and publicise internal promotions within the BWB news.

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  • Male : Female:

    34% / 66%

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