Leading Individuals

Rising Stars

Charities and not-for-profit in East Midlands

HCR Hewitsons

At HCR Hewitsons, Virginia Henley takes the lead on all charity law issues; from initial registration to mergers and assistance withincident reporting. The practice has a history acting for almshouse charities, education providers and Oxbridge Colleges. Henley continues to be instructed on charity governance, commercial arrangements, fundraising and charity law compliance.

Practice head(s):

Virginia Henley


‘Prompt service with no judgement or professional language that is always easy to understand. Broad range of knowledge, from financial settlement to trustee advice and employment issues.’ 

‘Large enough to ensure a wide range of relevant expertise. Their commitment is second to none. ’

Key clients

Medicines Development for Global Health Limited

Scott Bader Company Limited

Charity Commission (The Kingdom Church GB)

Tudor Hall School

Northamptonshire Association for the Blind

Leighton Buzzard United and Almshouse Charity

Greens Norton Village Hall

Milton Keynes Community Foundation

Cripps Foundation

St Giles Estate Charity

The Alice Ottleians and Old Elizabethans’ Association

Immanuel College, Bushey

Three Counties Agricultural Society

Ravenstone Hospital

Becketts & Sargeant’s Educational Foundation

The Stowe School Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised Australian-based medical research not-for-profit entity, Medicines Development for Global Health Ltd, in developing its overseas reach, gaining charitable registration for its UK company, and drafting the necessary intercompany documentation to underpin best practice between international connected charities.
  • Instructed by the Scott Bader Company Ltd, a leading UK-based global chemical company, to review and amend all the governance arrangements of the Group.
  • Appointed  under investigation by the Charity Commission, following an inquiry by the Trading Standards Authority to review governance of Christian charity, The Kingdom Church GB.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited utilises its expertise in corporate law, real estate, employment, disputes and private client matters to service to regional charities such as Age UK Nottingham on the full breadth of matters. Kevin Modiri and legal director Ziaur Rahman are its key figures. Craig Staten-Spencer departed for Roythornes Solicitors in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Modiri

Other key lawyers:

Ziaur Rahman


‘I feel the team work really well together, any seminars I have attended the team have made them flow, delivered them well in a professional yet light hearted manner.’


Key clients

Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid (NWA)

Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

National Justice Museum

Nottingham Industrial Museum

Work highlights

  • Represented Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid (NWA) in its successful defence of Employment Tribunal proceedings, undertaking the advocacy and securing an order that led to the Claimant’s claim being struck out.
  • Advised National Justice Museum on asset management work for the client at their Shire Hall property, including the grant and assignment of leases, enforcement of leasehold covenants, advice on interpretation of provisions of existing leases.
  • Acted for the tenant, Age UK, in respect of an agreement for the lease of a property in Sutton in Ashfield, conditional on Landlord’s Works together with the grant of a lease.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Catherine Rustomji was recruited in April 2022 from Browne Jacobson LLP to head up Shakespeare Martineau LLP‘s national charities practice. With deep expertise in the sector, Rustomji specialises in constitutional and governance matters, charity registrations and issues regarding legacies, which is steadily attracting a host of household names including Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home.




Practice head(s):

Catherine Rustomji


‘Professional and members of the team that are in contact know what is happening and willing to help’

‘Give clear and friendly advice and responses’

‘Sector leaders who have been such for many years, the movement of one to the firm being the reason why we engaged them.’

‘Catherine Rustomji is an exceptional legal professional, who I have worked with for eight years across a number of firms. She is responsive, calm and assured, provides very clear advice and is highly credible when presenting to third parties.’

‘The team always provide an expedient and reliable response to any queries.’

‘Catherine Rustomji is a pleasure to work with, she provides authoritative information and advice in a timely manner and really takes the time to help you understand the issue in addition to considering the wider context to ensure effective decision making is achieved. Catherine is a very trusted advisor who feels like one of the team. I have recommended her widely for a number of years and will continue to do so, her ability to interpret complex information is very impressive.’

Key clients

Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home

Launde Abbey

Nottingham Youth Orchestra

Diocese of Southwell

Coal Industry Society Welfare Organisation


Greater Nottingham Groundwork Trust

Yorkshire Adoption Agency

Worcester Community Trust

Caring for Life

Northern Consortium

Boccia England

Work highlights

  • Advising Northern Consortium on legal structures, duties of trustees and directors and managing conflicts of interest.
  • Assisted Greater Nottingham Groundwork Trust on charity governance best practice, remuneration of Trustees and adopting revisions to their governing document.
  • Advised CISWO on charity governance, particularly including advising on trading subsidiaries and compliance.