Bates Wells

Bates Wells is a professional services firm, combining a top legal practice with services in impact measurement, outcomes-based planning and strategy, and financial services regulatory compliance. The firm works with a wide range of clients, large and small, across a variety of sectors – from established businesses, charities and social enterprises to innovative start-ups and high-profile individuals. 

Bates Wells is recognised as one of the leading charity and social enterprise law practices in the UK, working with more third sector organisations than any other firm. It is also ranked in the major UK legal directories for excellence across many specialist practice areas, including employment and real estate. Our Immigration team is highly regarded and is ranked in the top tier in both Chambers UK and Legal 500. The Corporate and Commercial department particularly has grown in recent years, building considerable expertise in M&A, company take-overs, joint ventures, management buyouts, commercial contracts and partnership advice. 


In 2014, we became an ABS (alternative business structure) – the first City-based firm to do so specifically to provide a unified service to our clients. Bates Wells Compliance was the second consultancy to join the firm in 2016.  

Bates Wells was founded in 1970 by Andrew Phillips (Lord Phillips of Sudbury) and is based in London. The firm is a co-founder of Parlex.