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EMBED purpose in your business

Start, convert and grow your Social Venture

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Start, convert and grow

Do you want to EMBED a social and/or environmental purpose into your business?

We’ll advise you on the legal and governance aspects required to operate explicitly as a Social Venture, with the choice of two support packages.

Our packages are designed specifically for start-up innovators, social entrepreneurs, and early-stage businesses. They will provide you with an easy and flexible legal framework to set up your Social Venture, allowing you to focus on other business and strategic issues, and most importantly making an impact.

How we help

Setting up your social venture

We will work with you to define your needs and priorities, scope out your purpose, profit-sharing arrangements, stakeholder relations, external benchmarking, and advise on how best to incorporate this into our flexible Social Venture company model.

Converting to a social venture

Whether you have recently set up a company and now need some assistance to embed your social drivers or have been operating for some time and would like to better reflect your mission, we can help in amending your constitutional framework to adopt a purpose-led structure.

Supporting you as you grow

We can be ready to support you with bespoke legal services, at any stage of your venture’s progress, through our VIRTUAL General Counsel service. It provides you with a complete legal resource that feels like it’s in house, available whenever you need it. Alternatively it can complement your own in-house counsel.

How to start your social venture

Our Social Ventures team has created a handbook to guide you through the key stages of setting up and running a Social Venture, from initial funding right through to maturity and sustainable delivery.

Download our guide


We offer two practical packages designed to efficiently EMBED a social and/or environmental purpose into your start-up or existing business.


Automated self-starter package

A largely automated package designed to help you minimise your costs at the outset, by committing more of your time to preparing the legal documents with our expert support. It includes: 

  • Our ‘things to think about’ document. This highlights the key things to think about when you run a company, and will guide you through how to incorporate a company if you’re setting up a Social Venture.
  • Legal documents. Our tailored Social Venture legal framework, enabling you to set up a Social Venture or convert your established business.
  • Up to 45 minutes of our time. To answer questions, talk through the legal documents and help you plan your next steps.
  • Timescale. We will provide the legal documents within one week of being instructed.

£1,250 plus VAT

Full-service package

This is the option to choose if you are short of time and would prefer to use it to focus on delivering your social and/or environmental impact. In this full-service option, we prepare the legal documents and liaise with Companies House for you. The package includes:

  • Our ‘things to think about’ document. This highlights the key things to think about when you run a Social Venture company.
  • Legal documents. After we’ve gathered information from you, we will prepare the key legal documents to set-up your new Social Venture or convert your established business.
  • Up to 3 hours of our time. To answer questions, talk through the legal documents and help you plan your next steps.
  • Application to Companies House. We will submit the application on your behalf and help you answer any follow up questions.
  • Timescale. We can usually arrange an initial call within a week of you getting in touch. We can usually deliver the first draft of the bespoke legal documents within two to three weeks of being instructed.

As this package is tailored to you, please get in touch to request a quote.

What do our clients say about the service?

"Throughout our journey of setting up as a social venture, the support and advice we received from Mishcon de Reya was truly exceptional. Their understanding, guidance, and expertise not only impressed us but also gave us a deep sense of assurance. We could confidently navigate the complexities of the process, knowing we were in capable and caring hands."

Sheryl Cuisia, Co-Founder and Director of The Engagement Appeal

"In our pursuit of turning the vision of houseplants helping people and the planet prosper planet into a reality, we turned to the invaluable guidance of Mishcon de Reya. Their expert, compassionate, and dependable advice filled our journey with joy. With an entrepreneurial spirit seldom seen in solicitors, they stood by our side through every step, making the seemingly daunting process surprisingly smooth, which was surprisingly less difficult than we initially thought."

Gil Melham, Co-Founder, Chief of Staff and Managing Director Aplanty Impact Ltd.

Social ventures virtual pop-up

If you’ve got a great new idea for a social venture, or you want to integrate a social purpose into your existing business, this is your opportunity to spend 30 minutes discussing topics such as:

  • setting up your social venture
  • funding streams
  • integrating technology
  • protecting your concept; and
  • any other topics you’d like to explore with a member of our team

Book now

Key Contacts

Chris Willis Pickup


Kieran John


Emma Millar

Managing Associate

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