Business With Heart: Exploring the New Frontier of Social Enterprises (1 CLE/CPD point)


u60 minute audio session = 1 CLE/CPD point*

The days of receiving support funding and being trusted you’ll do your best, are over. All investment in social enterprise now requires a demonstration of impact and long-term assessment of change

In Australia there are at least 20,000 social enterprises operating across all industry sectors, a third of which are less than 5 years old. A common question is, how do not-for-profit and charity organisations start-up? As a legal adviser, what are the requirements you should make your clients aware of, before commencing a social enterprise. What strategies and planning are required to ensure success and sustainability? What are some challenges and road blocks faced by for-purpose organisations?

In this on-demand audio session, Luke Geary lists and explains the necessities to launch a social enterprise. From outlining your purpose to selecting a legal structure. From understanding the different regulators to looking at innovative ways to raise revenue. Luke draws from his own experience with managing Salvos Legal and Salvos Legal Humanitarian where he speaks about a not-for-profit operating in a commercial environment and the challenges that come along with that.

Listen to this on-demand audio session anywhere and anytime, whether you’re wanting to learn about social enterprise or meet your continued legal education requirements.

Here’s a sneak peek of Luke talking about the need for successful social enterprises to balance social concern with business acumen (preview length: 2 mins)

This continuing legal education audio session for lawyers will deliver the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand the definition of a social enterprise
  • Learn about mission lock and asset lock and why these are important to a social enterprise
  • Learn about the different regulators in the for-purpose space
  • Gain insight into the challenges lawyers and entrepreneurs face in the running of a social enterprise
  • Look at opportunities and the positive impacts of social procurement

Please note that the purchase of this CLE/CPD product allows you to access the recording 5 times over a a period of 365 days from the date of purchase.

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Luke Geary

Professional Background

Luke Geary is the Managing Partner of Salvos Legal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law from Macquarie University, and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. From 2006 – 2009, he worked as a commercial lawyer at Mills Oakley Lawyers, where he was appointed as a Partner specialising in building, insurance and construction law.

In 2010, Luke founded Australia’s first social enterprise law firm, Salvos Legal, which is made up of Salvos Legal and Salvos Legal Humanitarian. The firm evolved from Courtyard Legal, a free legal service established by Luke under the auspices of the Salvation Army in 2005.


Since 2010, Luke has served as Salvos Legal’s Managing Partner, and is the head of the firm’s Corporate & Commercial team. He is highly sought-out by Federal and State government agencies, ASX200 listed companies, impact financiers, non-profit and religious institutions Australia-wide to provide advice on commercial, corporate advisory, insurance, workplace and construction related areas. Luke also acts as General Counsel for the Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory, and is a registered migration agent.

Awards and Recognition

Luke was named one of the 10 Most Innovative Lawyers in the Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2016 awards. He was the winner of the Burgess Paluch Pro Bono Award at the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards in 2012, and recognised as one of the Impact 25 most influential people in the Australian social sector by Pro Bono Australia in 2015.

Named Managing Partner of the Year at the Australian Law Awards 2013, Luke has also recently been selected for inclusion in the Ninth Edition (2016/17) of the Best Lawyers of Australia, in the practice area of Non-Profit/Charities Law. He was awarded the Anzac of the Year in 2010 for his service to the legal profession and the community.

Find out more about Luke and his practice here:

Discover more about Luke’s ideas regarding social enterprises and Salvos Legal’s unique model:

* CLE/CPD schemes are based upon self-assessment of an educational activity. In order to count an educational activity towards mandatory CLE/CPD requirements a legal practitioner must determine for themselves that the activity extends their knowledge and skills in areas relevant to their practise or professional development.