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Catherine Rustomji

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Catherine specialises in charity law with particular emphasis on constitutional and governance matters, legal structures, social enterprises and duties and responsibilities of charity trustees.


  • 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

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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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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