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Virginia Henley

Virginia Henley


Virginia is Head of HCR Hewitsons Charities team.


Virginia specialises in advising charities, universities and schools, and a wide range of not-for-profit organisations on the core legal, regulatory and governance issues they face. This includes close support on governance, re-structuring, policies and procedures, registrations, trading, fundraising, the role of trustees, disputes, contracts, commercial arrangements, constitutional documents, collaborative working and mergers, risk management and general charity law. Having been a trustee of a number of charities herself, Virginia has a particular interest in governance issues and the many challenges facing trustees. She is very familiar with the range of practical concerns affecting charities and their need to be kept fully informed and updated to ensure effective compliance with their legal responsibilities. She has been involved in a number of Charity Law Association working parties, and regularly delivers trustee induction and refresher training.


Virginia graduated in Law at Cambridge University and has a Masters degree in Pre-Raphaelite Art and Literature from Oxford University. She has also run her own successful business. Virginia is a member of the Charity Law Association and has an active interest in the development of the sector. She is a school governor and a trustee.

Date of Qualification

1st November, 1996

Latest testimonials

"Virginia Henley is approachable, knowledgeable, explains herself clearly and listens to her clients’ needs and wishes."
Client testimonial c/o Legal 500

"On behalf of the trustees who attended your excellent training session yesterday, a very sincere thank you. It was excellent and I know it gave those present a lot to think about!"
A Cambridge Charitable Foundation

"Thank-you Virginia for all your help and guidance directing us through the charity incorporation process - you have been so very helpful. When colleagues have spoken to me about the conversion process, I have always, and will continue to, recommend you."
Psoriasis Association

"Thank you so much for a thought-provoking and vital presentation. I am very grateful to you. It will help immensely. All best."
Mr D