Essential Legal Help Guides for Social Entrepreneurs
UnLtd have partnered with DLA Piper to provide social entrepreneurs with important legal support and guidance through a series of downloadable Legal Help Sheets.
Whether you’re a social entrepreneur just starting out on a new venture or you need to protect areas of your existing social enterprise, these fourteen help sheets are a great way to ensure your social enterprise stays on the right side of the law.
Each help sheet has been put together to provide well needed practical guidance and key legal terms to protect your social venture while growing it to the next level. You can access each PDF by selecting from one of the four categories below so be sure to download and save them for future reference.
The Legal Help Guides
Legal structure, Intellectual Property, Services
Here you can find a selection useful guides that will provide guidance on selecting the right structure for your social enterprise, protecting your intellectual property and help with setting your service agreement levels.
Structures for Social Enterprises
This detailed guide highlights identifying the best legal structure for your social enterprise using a flowchart, a comprehensive glossary and comparison table. This guide will also allow you to best define your organisation with a full glossary of essential terms.
Overview of Service Level Agreement
As a business if you decide to supply services to your customers you need a Service Level Agreement which sets out the level of service you provide. This guide includes the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ that should be considered when setting the service levels and answers all questions and queries you may face.
Intellectual Property Protection Help Sheet
Running a business is an exciting adventure but every social entrepreneur should protect their intellectual property to gain exclusivity. This guide breaks down the importance of protecting your valuable business assets such as your logos, inventions, products and designs, with information on copyright, patents and trademarks.
Supply of Services Agreement Guidance Note and Template Supply of Service Agreement
This guidance note outlines the importance of having a contract that sets out the terms of supplying services to your customers. There is a glossary of terms as well as a template agreement that will help you to draft an agreement tailored to your specific business needs.
Expanding your team is a great way to progress but laws must be followed to ensure a fair relationship between employee and employer. Here you’ll find information on the procedure that comes along with hiring, employment contracts and in house policies.
Offer of Employment
Thinking of expanding your team? Well this guide provides important notes on offering employment and also includes a useful letter of employment template and recruitment procedures.
Contract of Employment
When you employ a member of staff to work for your social enterprise it is important to draw up a contract of employment. This legal help sheet outlines typical terms used in an employment contract, what a contract should cover and a template you can use and adapt to your social enterprise.
Electronic Communications and Internet Policy
Its good practice to have a staff handbook which defines your organisation’s key policies and procedures. This Legal Help Sheet will guide you on how to set out standards and requirements for staff on using the internet and electronic communications. An internet policy template is also included.
Consultants are a great way to get extra help from sector professionals; this section will explain contract agreement including a template of what a contract should cover as well as a deed to show how to protect your businesses interested when working with consultants.
You may want to consider hiring contractors to provide services for your social enterprise rather than employing them as staff members. In this case you will need to define an agreement for a contractor and understand the typical terms used. This help sheet is an in depth guide which includes a glossary of terms and contractor agreement template.
Non-Compete Deed Guidance Note and Template Deed
A deed will help to protect the interests of your business particularly when a consultant and employees that work for your social enterprise. This guidance note and template will help you to understand how best you can protect your enterprise in the event of an employee or consultant using information or company knowledge they have gained to compete with your business.
Confidentiality Agreement Guidance Note Confidentiality Agreement Template
Confidential information about your business is accessible by anyone who works for you therefore its vital to protect this information with a confidentiality agreement. This guide illustrates the typical provisions that should go into the agreement and includes a template you can adapt to your social enterprise.
Find information on the leasing process, important terminology and the rights held by each party involved. This section will provide information and hints and tips that apple throughout the UK.
Negotiating a Commercial Property lease in England and Wales
If you’re thinking of leasing a property for your social enterprise it really pays to know exactly what the process entails. This help sheet uses a glossary of terms to outline the typical terms used in negotiating a commercial property lease in England and Wales along with key clauses and negotiation advice to benefit tenants.
Negotiating a Commercial Property lease in Scotland
This guide provides you with an explanation of terms commonly used in commercial property leases in Scotland. Get hints and tips on things to look out for as a tenant and learn about the standard clauses and lease provisions.
Privacy and Confidentiality
This section includes some of the most important factor is running a successful and progressive venture. Find information on intellectual property, service and supplier agreements in order to protect your valuable business assets.
Data Protection Checklist
In this guide you will discover a checklist of how to handle people’s information in a key of ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ to ensure you comply with the Data Protection Act 1998.
What our Award Winners Say
"Each legal help sheet gives a full and clear explanation about the need/background which is better than anything else I found on the internet."
"The legal help sheets are really well presented, easy to read and take in, especially the company structures sheet which is a dry subject at the best of times."
"I found the legal help sheets really useful."
Julie Nicholson, Corporate Engagement Manager, UnLtd says:
"Working with DLA Piper has created a fantastic opportunity to produce bespoke legal help sheets for social entrepreneurs across the UK on a variety of topics. This kind of support is invaluable and really enables social entrepreneurs to understand their legal requirements when setting up or growing a social venture in a clear and comprehensive way."
Amy Heading, UK Pro Bono Manager & Counsel, DLA Piper LLP says:
"Our partnership with UnLtd allows our lawyers to support worthwhile and innovative businesses in a way that aligns with our firm expertise and values. We are extremely proud of the work of our volunteer lawyers in drafting this suite of Help Sheets, and truly appreciate the opportunity to help social enterprises achieve real positive impact in the communities in which they, and we, work."
"UnLtd have successfully replicated the legal help sheets’ project with UnLtd Spain, DLA Piper and Atos in Madrid. The three organisations have collaborated to produce Spanish legal help sheets for social entrepreneurs across Spain. We are now in the process of rolling out the project with other supporters of social entrepreneurs across Europe and with DLA Piper and Atos."