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Virginia Henley, Partner, Head of Charities

Education and Charities

Direct Dial: 01604 463 345
Mobile: 07584 015 592

A bit about me

Practising law in the charity sector is both intellectually challenging and extremely rewarding. My clients are doing their bit to make the world a better place and supporting them in that is an enriching experience. I pride myself on a positive and pragmatic approach and I’ll work the hours the clients need, giving an unswerving attention to detail and always chasing the best possible outcome.

I like to see my clients’ work in context so I can get to know their priorities and plans. Clients range from charities of all shapes and sizes, to almshouses, community interest companies and Oxbridge colleges. My specialisms include charity governance, fundraising, trustee training, charity mergers, charity registrations and incorporations, commercial arrangements, and serious incident reporting.

Outside of work, I enjoy being outdoors – either running, swimming, hiking, or spending time in a pub garden. I also love discovering new (or very old) music that I like.


Want to know more?

Lead by example.

Check your governing document, and then your policies.

If unsure whether an action is compliant or in the best interests of the charity, pick up the phone to me.

Please advise me about charity incorporation

Certainly, we do that all the time.

Please tell me how to get the best out of my board

Let’s organise some trustee training.

Should I be reporting this to the Charity Commission?

Probably not, but let’s hear all the facts.

Where I work

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Misuse of charity’s fund for Welsh dragon statue

As a reminder, charity trustees hold important positions of trust, and they are expected to…

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Conflicts of interest at the Victoria & Albert Museum

No charity wishes to make headlines for the wrong reasons. Unfortunately, in recent weeks, the…

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Charity Commission issues updated alert on charities and cash couriers

In May 2022, the Charity Commission published its ‘strong advice’ on the risks of charities…

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Risks of rapid expansion: learning from Keeping Kids Company

Keeping Kids Company (formerly Kids Company) was a charity which existed to help children in…

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Charities Act 2022: changes to note

On 24 February 2022, the Charities Act 2022 received Royal Assent. The Act aims to…

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Impact on schools of the new Charities Act 2022

The Charities Bill received Royal Assent on 24 February 2022 and was officially passed into…

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Charities and mixed mode meetings – is your school ready?

As the pandemic continues to have an impact on charities, governors and trustees should ensure…

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What can you do to protect your charity from fraud?

Charity Fraud Awareness Week (18-22 October) aims to raise awareness of fraud and cybercrime and…

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Charity Commission updates guidance for trustees of faith charities

The Charity Commission has issued updated guidance aimed at the trustees of faith charities. If…

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