Leather Prior and Orto Stella

Orto Stella, which is Latin for “rising star” has been formed to empower the working lives of women after they have survived the negative impacts of domestic abuse. They run a range of different programmes, workshops and support groups – all designed to enable women to build their confidence, get ready for work and realise their full potential.

Leathes Prior Solicitors is one of East Anglia’s leading law firms offering a full range of legal services to organisations and individuals in Norfolk and beyond. The firm has been around for 140 years and has four offices in the heart of Norwich.

Project summary – Orto Stella was at the very early stages when it came to Norfolk ProHelp for support. Having received positive support from organisations including Norfolk Police, UEA and the New Anglia Growth Hub, its founder, Christina Norton asked ProHelp for someone to read through the organisation’s constitution, ensure it was fit for purpose and help prepare for submission to the Charities Commission. Alex Saunders of Leathes Prior took on the project. The value of the probono work was £550+VAT.

Impact – The project delivered:

  • A review of Orto Stella’s constitution document to ensure it would comply with the charities commission requirements.
  • A lot of value-added knowledge and information on why the changes had been made and what they meant.
  • The consolidation of a professional relationship between Orto Stella and Alex and Leathes Prior.

 “The legal advice I received from Alex Saunders was invaluable. It has allowed me to register Orto Stella as a charity with the Charities Commission but in the right format and with the right documents. I also gained greater knowledge as to trustees’ responsibilities and good governance – it has given me complete peace of mind.” Christina Norton, Founder, Orto Stella

“Leathes Prior have always been proud of the pro bono work that we are able to provide to charities within the community, and it was a pleasure being able to assist Christina and Orto Stella with this very worthy cause.” Alex Saunders, Leathes Prior