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Oliver Hunt
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Bates Wells is a full-service law firm with a difference. We believe that being successful is not measured on financial performance alone – it is about the impact we can make and help our clients to make.

Bates Wells is a truly purpose-driven business and the first UK law firm to be a B Corp, which means we exist to create a material positive impact on society and the environment.
As champions of better business, investing for positive impact has been close to our hearts for over two decades. If you’re a social enterprise or mission-driven business raising finance, we can help. We have a deep understanding of the issues faced by those seeking to make – or raise – investments which not only provide a sustainable financial return, but create positive value for society as well.
We don’t just advise on the law in this field, we shape policy and the most significant developments around it. We helped create statutory social investment power for charities, created the Community Interest Company, worked with Government on the design of social investment tax relief (SITR), and structured key institutions such as Big Society Capital, Social Finance and Charity Bank.

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Who was the organisation you worked to support?

Code First Girls

What was their challenge?

The transaction comes as part of the business’ transition in recent years into a rapidly accelerating profit-making business.

What was the support you provided / offered

We advised Code First Girls, then structured as a CIC, in connection with the business receiving incoming Series A investment of £4.5million.

What was the impact or outcome of support?

Code First Girls will use the investment to work towards its goal of providing over one million opportunities for women to learn to code for free and enter the industry over the next five years.