My experience includes:
- Advising on powers, duties and responsibilities of charity trustees including decision-making, effective delegation and managing conflicts of interest.
- Interpreting governing documents re vires queries and advising on amendments where necessary, including liaison with the Charity Commission in relation to “regulated alterations” and other regulators where relevant.
- Presenting bespoke training sessions and facilitating board effectiveness and strategy workshops.
- Advising on social enterprise legal structures such as community interest companies as well as the use of wholly owned trading subsidiary companies of charities.
I am a trustee for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Chambers and Partners 2016 states that "The 'extremely efficient' Catherine Rustomji leads the firm's charities and social enterprise practice. She advises on a range of matters including charity compliance and employment. One client comments: 'She has sorted out these matters very neatly and tidily. She is very good and quick. She fully understands that it isn't just about the law, but rather it's understanding the concepts and principles of charity law and applying them effectively."
Client also say "As a team they are personable and I always get the impression that our success is important to them." and "It's all done so quickly and efficiently. DWF are a breath of fresh air. We get all-round excellent service."
Legal 500 2015 states DWF’s "five-star, brilliant team’ is led by ‘highly professional lawyer’ Catherine Rustomji, who has ‘a wealth of knowledge and an approachable manner’.
Legal 500 2014 describe the charity team as giving 'accurate and pragmatic advice' to charities and other not-for-profit organisations.
Chambers and Partners 2014 state that I advise on all aspects of charity law, with a noted focus on governance and incorporation. Market observers describe me as “sensible and pragmatic”. “She works with a broad range of third sector clients, and receives considerable praise for her client-friendly approach, with sources noting that "she is able to understand and assimilate our requirements very quickly."
Other commentators value my ability to "always explain the legal issues in an easy-to-understand way."