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Impact Investment

Generating positive returns


Welcome to HSF Impact, our pioneering team for the founders, investors and asset managers driving the next wave of social finance

All over the globe, entrepreneurs are devising innovative commercial solutions to social and environmental challenges. Supporting entrepreneurs, and those investing in their businesses, to do well by doing good is something we get excited about.

Through our market-leading social finance and sustainable investment practice - HSF Impact - we support founders, investors, asset managers and social finance intermediaries to build global connections, maximise positive social and environmental impact and realise growth potential.

In this fast-growing diverse market, we are committed to using our knowledge, skills and connections to help clients navigate the legal and commercial issues that flow from their financial and impact objectives.

Our team operates across a wide variety of sectors, focussing on issues relating to education, energy, agribusiness, financial inclusion, climate change, consumer products, housing and healthcare. We cover the full range of legal issues, including intellectual property, data protection, tax, employment and regulatory expertise, as well as advice on corporate structuring, governance, capital raising and related transaction documentation, commercial agreements, finance, real estate and dispute resolution.

We also regularly leverage our market-leading pro bono practice to deliver free legal support to socially responsible investors, investees and intermediaries.

Download a copy of our brochure to find out more about HSF Impact and how we can help you generate positive returns. 


"The team at HSF has been incredibly insightful, helpful and dedicated, helping us to overcome a series of complicated and complex issues."  
Legal 500 UK, 2020

"The team’s interest in, and passion about, my social enterprise and the impact I am trying to create is clear and this is of utmost importance to any social entrepreneur. If your lawyers care about what you are trying to do, and share in the journey with you, it becomes an incredibly powerful relationship and this is what I have with the HSF team."  
Legal 500 UK, 2020

"They are just so clued up and know our business and our projects so well. They are extremely good and slick operators."  
Chambers UK, 2020


Diverse knowledge and in-depth expertise

Recent Experience


Advising on establishment and incorporation, structuring and corporate tax, commercial agreements, financial regulation and issues relating to crowdfunding


Advising on arrangements with project partners, funders, volunteers and UnLtd Award Winners


Advising on the establishment of a social impact investment fund


Advising on the establishment of the Sky Ocean Rescue Fund and related downstream investments

Big Society Capital

Advising on its investment, together with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, into the Fair by Design Venture Fund; and on its investments into the Big Issue Fund and Bethnal Green Ventures Funds I and II


Insights and updates

8th November 2022
CEO Justin D'Agostino previews the G20 and B20, as he heads to Indonesia for these...
17th December 2020
Six authors from HSF have contributed to the launch guide to all things ESG. Includes...
3rd March 2020
With activist investors and NGOs prowling, firms making flimsy ethical claims will increasingly end up...

Related expertise

Our global perspective and unique methodology has the potential to provide immense value to organisations across a wide range of sectors