Julian Blake

Charity & Social Enterprise Team

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Julian has specialised, for over 28 years, in social enterprise, charity, responsible business, public service commissioning and delivery, and public policy implementation and innovation. Blending charity and business law disciplines, he was engaged throughout the progressive development of Social Enterprise, Social Finance, Social Value and Social Impact Measurement and their application to public policy. He promotes the European Commission Social Business Initiative perspective on Public Procurement and State Aid, challenging misconceptions. He is a member of the Social Value Taskforce and the UK National Advisory Board Public Procurement Sub-group.

He is especially interested in: the development of public service partnerships between social enterprise suppliers, commissioners and social finance institutions; place-based community initiatives; community and crowd funding; and the new "innovation partnership" procedure, with its unique feature of design and delivery within a single public service contract.

He applies this approach particularly in the Community Transport; Education; Health and Social Care; Justice and Rehabilitation; and Renewable Energy sectors.

He has, since 2012, supported a Social Business International initiative, E3M, a group of pioneering chief executives running mature social enterprises and an associated group of progressive “Bold” commissioners. See www.e3m.org.uk “E” means “Europe and “3Ms” means “Models, Markets, Money, plus the fourth “M” - Measurement”.

Julian’s areas of legal expertise include: commercial and charity law advice to charities, social enterprises, mission-led businesses, charities and commercial organisations; formations and constitutional reorganisations; Charity Commission and sectoral regulation; joint ventures/mergers/business transfers; private, public and third sector contracts and funding arrangements; public procurement and state aid; education law; financial services; and competition law.

Before joining Stone King, Julian was co-head of Charity and Social Enterprise and led the development of cross-departmental sector groups at Bates Wells Braithwaite.

Case Studies

  • Social business purpose-driven commercial work, including public service , project development, social impact bonds, other outcome bond contracts, collaborations, partnerships and college mergers
  • Public procurement and State aid structuring advice to national funding bodies, public service innovation projects and Social Enterprise recipients of contracts and grants and participation in a successful tender bid team in a competitive dialogue procedure for education sector regulatory services
  • New public benefit organisation establishments, including charities, community interest companies, Registered Societies and public sector spin-outs
  • Public investment offerings and commercial contracts for community wind-farm, hydro and other environmentally focused projects
  • International licensing contracts for the use of software providing ethical investment data
  • Commercial and competition law advice to health and social care business projects engaged in fair-trade
  • Strategic implementation of public policy programmes in childrens’ and youth services; early years; extended schools; the 14-19 agenda and leadership in schools
  • Further Education mergers in relation to the 2016 Area Review Programme
  • Restructuring and advice in relation to promotional and support service projects for umbrella body serving London Higher Education institutions
  • Review of status, structure and organisation of a national networks of charities operating learning disability services; and the re-structuring of national networks delivering business education in schools and providing specific medical condition support across the UK
  • International charity work for US charities in relation to the establishment of UK associate charities and international grant-making, including in relation to Higher Education.
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