Charities and not-for-profit in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

At Browne Jacobson LLP, practice head Catherine Rustomji and her team are 'very knowledgeable and pleasant to work with’. The group represents charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and charity trustees from a broad range of sectors, including health, education and arts. The group provides the full scope of advice to clients, with a particular focus on constitutional and governance matters, property development and investment. It also undertakes regulatory work, namely Charity Commission inquiries and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Rustomji

Other key lawyers:

Robert Wofinden; Andrew Hopkin


They are always very responsive and supportive. Nothing is too much trouble‘.

Catherine Rustomji is a great help‘.

Key clients

Nottingham Playhouse Limited

Nottingham Castle Trust

Skill Force Development

National Forest Company

Ashwood Church

Christian Endeavour Holiday Centres Limited

Derby Hospitals Charitable Trust

Earl of Rutland and Dr Fleming’s Hospital Trust

European Association for Cancer Research

Greater Nottingham Groundwork Trust

Heart of Experian

Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees

University of Nottingham Students’ Union

St John Ambulance

Work highlights

  • Provide constitutional, commercial and property advice to Nottingham Castle Foundation on the ongoing development of the Castle and surrounding areas.
  • Advice to The National Forest Company on trustee succession planning, strategic governance advice and amendments to the charity’s governing document.
  • Assisted Skill Force Development with the amendment of governing document for its operations in Scotland, as well as sensitive employment, contractual, commercial and data protection advice.
  • Advice to Birtenshaw on matters such as charity law and governance, employment and HR, property and commercial issues.
  • Advising The Running Bee Foundation (a new charity) on the structure, the inter-relationship with the parent organisation and its registration at the Charity Commission.  


The ‘range of expertise is outstanding’ at Hewitsons, with the team acting for a host of service-providing, corporate, grant-making and education charities, in addition to various other non-profit organisations. Practice head Chris Knight deploys his ‘vast knowledge of the charity sector’ in governance, commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. The group is also experienced in handling mergers and redevelopments.

Practice head(s):

Chris Knight

Other key lawyers:

Virginia Henley; Stephen Cole


They have a close knit team that keeps all of its members in the loop‘.

They are readily available‘.

Chris Knight is quick to grasp the issues being faced. His manner is always pleasant and engaging, and his explanations clear‘.

Key clients

Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust

Psoriasis Association

Oundle School

Community Spaces Northampton

Theotokos Romanian Church

Northamptonshire Association for the Blind

Jesus Army Charitable Trust

Sir Thomas White’s Northampton Charity

Northamptonshire Choral Foundation Ltd

Becketts and Sargeants Educational Foundation

Bedfordshire Charitable Trust

Kathleen and Michael Connolly Foundation

Woburn Estate / Woburn 1986

Thomas Christie Almshouse and Relief in Need Charity

Northamptonshire ACRE

Davidge Usher Trust

Northamptonshire Industrial Training Association

The Good Loaf

Nottingham Castle Trust

Roger and Jean Jefcoate Trust

Sports Chaplaincy UK

Kelmarsh Trust

Lamport Hall Preservation Trust

Headway Northampton

The Combined Harpole Charitable Trust

Will Woodlands

Frederick and Phyllis Cann Charitable Trust

Thomas and Rosemary Greenhalgh Charitable Trust

The Henry and Elizabeth Lineham Fund

The Finnis Scott Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advising Delapre Abbey Preservation Trust on the lease and operational transfer from a local authority of an important heritage destination.
  • Advising Nottingham Castle Trust on the transfer of operational responsibility from the city council.
  • Assisting the Psoriasis Association (an established unincorporated association) with converting into a charitable incorporated organisation.
  • Assisting Romanian Orthodox Church (Theotokos) Northampton with the establishment of a new charity for the purpose of religious services, community support and networking opportunities for the local Romanian community.
  • Advising Community Spaces Northampton on liability and risk considerations associated with it taking on the lease and management of a brand new community centre from Northampton Borough Council.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s ‘very efficient' group 'operates with knowledge and understanding’ of a broad range of charities. It demonstrates strength in employment, property, IT, trusts, financial, corporate and education matters. James Coningsby heads up the ‘very helpful and pleasant team’, which is also active in charity-related court proceedings and mediations.

Practice head(s):

James Coningsby 

Other key lawyers:

Chris Adams; Richard Grosberg


Craig Staten-Spencer is very engaged with our work and fully focused. He works efficiently, communicates well and is very supportive‘.

The team is well briefed , competent , polite and efficient at all times‘.

Richard Grosberg and Craig Staten-Spencer  are well informed and provide advice that can be relied on‘.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Andrew Wilkinson's team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is reputed for its expertise in administering grant-making and government-funded charities. It also undertakes a wide-range of registration, governance, property, corporate transactions, regulatory and employment matters. Sectors of particular expertise include social housing, animal charities and education. The group also acts for a number of charitable trustees and directors of not-for-profit organisations.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Mark Dunkley

Key clients

Midland Heart


University of Warwick

Work highlights

  • Assisting Midland Heart with its Fully Mutual Housing Association strategy, as well as property management services.