Leading Individuals

Charities and not-for-profit in East Midlands

HCR Hewitsons

Recognised for its breadth of expertise across the full spectrum of charity law, HCR Hewitsons‘ lead lawyer, Virginia Henley , also has a special interest in Almshouses, community interest companies and Oxbridge colleges. Key areas of instructions include charity governance, trading and fundraising, registrations and incorporations.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Henley


‘Expertise in charity law. Client focussed  and stands out in terms of diversity of the team and very good value for money.’

‘Virginia Henley is a brilliant lawyer. I have 100% confidence in her knowledge and understanding of all aspects of charity law on which we need advice. She really understands the sector very well, and has a practical, client focused approach. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. Top drawer.

Key clients

Charity Commission (Islamic Relief Foundation International)

Aspley Guise Village Hall

Beckett’s & Sargeant’s Educational Foundation

Finnis Scott Foundation

Kelmarsh Trust

National Hair and Beauty Federation

Northamptonshire Association for the Blind

Scott Bader Company

Sir Thomas White Northampton Charity

St Francis’ Children’s Society

Wellingborough School

The Tipping Point Foundation

Work highlights

  • Acted for Charity Commission Interim Manager in connection with the governance failings of the Islamic Research Foundation International.
  • Working with the Scott Bader Company on a wide-ranging review and overhaul of the structure and governance.
  • Advised Wellingborough School on a range of governance matters for the School, including a wide-ranging update of the Articles of Association.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

The multidisciplinary practice at Nelsons Solicitors Limited combines the expertise of its dispute resolution, employment, private client, corporate and real estate groups. Kevin Modiri focuses on contentious probate and privacy issues, and is assisted by associate Craig Staten-Spencer, who has considerable experience advising Almshouses and local charities.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Modiri

Other key lawyers:

Craig Staten-Spencer


‘It’s reassuring to know that the practice is multidisciplined in addition to the specific areas of knowledge that advice is being sought on.’

‘Nelsons has a very competent team who provide sound advice and administration skills’

‘All members of the team are competent and good to deal with, keeping all Trust matters in good order and up to date.’

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is known for its expertise in acting for administering grant-making and government funded charities. The practice is also expanding its portfolio of education, animal and social housing organisations. Andrew Wilkinson specialises in complex legacy disputes, while fellow key partner, Gary Ekpenyoung is the go-to for social housing clients. In April 2022, the firm recruited former Browne Jacobson LLP partner Catherine Rustomji to lead the national charities practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Gary Ekpenyoung


‘Knowledgeable and quick to respond.’

‘Reassuring, easy to approach and professional.’

Key clients

Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home