Specialist charities solicitor joins DWF

Business law firm, DWF, has appointed specialist charities solicitor, Catherine Rustomji, to its Leeds office. Working on a national basis with DWF’s clients, Catherine will lead the Yorkshire-based charity team.

She brings with her a wealth of experience, advising charities and not-for-profit organisations on all aspects of law and regulation. In particular, Catherine provides strategic advice on governance and constitutional issues, incorporations, and advising charity trustees on their duties and responsibilities. Catherine also advises on social enterprise legal structures, such as community interest companies, as well as the use of wholly owned trading subsidiary companies of charities.

Catherine is experienced in dealing with industry bodies such as the Charity Commission, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, Community Interest Companies Regulator and Companies House on behalf of charity clients.

A member of the Law Society and an Executive Committee member and Honorary Secretary of the Charity Law Association, Catherine also lectures widely, delivering training sessions and seminars on a range of topics.

On the subject of her appointment, Catherine said: “DWF has a huge amount of knowledge and expertise across a range of sectors, which will certainly be extremely beneficial for the clients I work with.”

James Haddleton, executive partner for DWF’s Leeds office, added: “Catherine’s appointment really strengthens our offering in this specialist area. Coupled with the sector expertise that the business already has, Catherine will help to put our charity department in a very strong position nationally.”