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William Colacicchi

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Private clients, trusts and charities.


Partner, William, is a highly experienced charity lawyer, dealing with charities at a high level and with the necessary experience to provide comprehensive and reassuring advice to trustees and members.

He has been involved with most aspects of charity law, especially charity mergers, governance and constitutional reviews.

He is a former trustee of the Amy Winehouse Foundation and a trustee of Baron Davenport's Charity and Nottingham Hospital Charity.  He is also the former chairman of the Association of NHS Charities.


Trainee and assistant solicitor, Colombotti & Partners 1980; qualified 1982; joined Willcox Lane, Clutterbuck, 1985; joined Browne Jacobson 2002, partner and head of department; senior partner 2008.


  • Qualified member of the Society of Trusts & Estates Practitioners (STEP)
  • Charity Law Association - member
  • Baron Davenport’s Charity – trustee since 2002 and chairman since 2014
  • Kate Wilson Oliver Trust - trustee
  • Association of NHS Charities (the representative body for NHS charities in England & Wales) chairman until February 2015 and ongoing Council member
  • Nottingham University Hospitals’ Charity - chairman
  • Bank of England Nottingham Business Panel 


Ampleforth College; Exeter University; College of Law.

East Midlands: Private client

Agriculture and estates

Within: Agriculture and estates

Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘knowledgeable and diligent’ team assists  individuals, corporations, trusts, charities, central government agencies and other public sector bodies with high-value land transactions and energy-related mandates, in addition to advising on regulatory and tax matters. Robert Wofinden and William Colacicchi head the team, with Richard Barlow providing key support in environmental matters. Barlow assisted the Welsh government with the issuing of a remediation notice to a landowner who had dug a pond on an area of alkaline fen, a site of significant conservation importance, thereby breaching the Environmental Impact Assessment Wales Regulations 2007. Other clients include the Belvoir Estate, Natural England and The National Trust. Catherine Rustomji’s recent arrival from DWF bolstered the group’s charity expertise.

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Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Browne Jacobson LLP has significantly strengthened its charity capability with the arrival of new practice head Catherine Rustomji from DWF. The team handles the full range of charity-related work, including governance issues and the establishment of family and corporate foundations. Rustomji led advice for Caring for Life on the legal structures of the group and the subsequent incorporation of the charity as a company by limited guarantee. William Colacicchi is also recommended. Rustomji’s arrival brought a large number of new clients, including the North East Theatre Trust, who have joined the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster and Skill Force Development on the client list.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Browne Jacobson LLP is praised for its ‘first-class advice’, its ‘ability to work seamlessly as a team', and its 'meticulous attention to detail’. The ‘top-shelf’ practice handles wealth structuring for business owners and advises on a wide range of legal issues specific to landed estates, including business, agricultural and tax matters related to the administration of landed estates. Trust structuring, including offshore trusts and structures, are another string to the group’s bow. Key figures include practice head William Colacicchi, Wenna Thompson, and the ‘extremely approachableLucy Worwood, whose work ‘is always of the highest standard’. Stephen Howe, who recently made legal direcor, is also recommended. The team’s client base is mainly composed of families and family trusts, but also includes individuals.

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West Midlands: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Browne Jacobson LLP is led by charity law specialist Catherine Rustomji, who has extensive experience in governance and regulatory matters. She assisted The James Charities with the appointment of a corporate trustee and advised Age UK South Staffordshire on governance and constitutional matters. William Colacicchi is also an expert in charity law and recently advised Baron Davenport ‘s Charity on the status of permanent endowment investments and options available to the trustees. Also recommended are property specialist Robert Wofinden and charities solicitor Vickie Hair.

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