Catherine Rustomji > Browne Jacobson LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP
14th Floor, No.1 Spinningfields
1 Hardman square, Spinningfields
M3 3EB

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Partner, Catherine, is a specialist charities solicitor who advises charities, not for profit organisations, social enterprises, charity trustees and individuals wishing to establish charities. Her particular focus is on constitutional and governance matters including different legal structures and the duties and responsibilities of charity trustees.

Catherine operates across the health, education, arts, public and private sectors and advises a diverse client portfolio including national, regional and local charities, not-for-profit organisations, community groups, schools, colleges, churches, welfare and professional associations. 

Experience / expertise

  • Incorporating charities with permanent endowment by appointing a sole corporate trustee by Charity Commission Scheme
  • Advising on social enterprise legal structures and the use of subsidiaries in group structures
  • Conducting a governance review and implementing changes for a national, education charity
  • Advising a Royal Charter charity in relation to amending its Rules and Bye Laws
  • Assisting clients with governance challenges including conflicts of interest, inappropriate behaviour by trustees, disqualification, removal and related matters.Regular speaker at sector conferences and other events
  • Regularly conducts Board training sessions and away days
  • Former Honorary Secretary and Executive Committee member of the Charity Law Association

Legal 500, 2015: ‘highly professional lawyer’ Catherine Rustomji has ‘a wealth of knowledge and an approachable manner’.”


  • DWF LLP – April 2013 – April 2017. Director and Head of Charities and Social Enterprise Team
  • Hempsons – October 2008 – April 2013. Head of Third Sector North
  • Dickinson Dees – September 2005 – September 2008. Charities & Independent Schools Solicitor
  • Stone King – March 2000 – August 2005. Charities & Education Solicitor
  • Westlaw – June 1999 – March 2000. Legal Researcher


  • Former Honorary Secretary and Executive Committee member of the Charity Law Association.
  • Charity trustee


  • April 2002 – Date of Qualification as a solicitor
  • 1999 – Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School
  • 1998 – LLB Europe

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Led by the Nottingham-based Catherine Rustomji, Browne Jacobson LLP offers the full range of services to its clients in the charity sector. The team has recently seen an increase in instructions relating to governance and the establishment of corporate foundations. Kerren Daly advises on employment-related charity work, while Dominic Buckley handles property-related charity matters.

West Midlands > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Browne Jacobson LLP, which advises on the full spectrum of charity matters, is increasingly sought out to advise governance issues, as well as on the establishment of family and corporate foundations. Team head Catherine Rustomji acts for charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, charity trustees and individuals. Her expertise includes the duties and responsibilities of charity trustees.

East Midlands > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

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.