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Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

Living Wage
19 COOKRIDGE STREET, LEEDS, LS2 3AG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 244 6100
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Fax 0113 244 6101
DX:
12020 LEEDS
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Web:
www.wrigleys.co.uk
Leeds, Sheffield

Yorkshire and the Humber

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP (Leeds)

The transport team at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP in Leeds is a ‘go-to practice for operational rail matters’. Elizabeth Wilson, whose ‘approachability and clear advice is vital in a decision-making process’, leads the team and with her ‘expert and experienced colleagues’ acts for UK train operating companies as well as a national bus operator. Recent highlights include negotiating leases and completing documentation for licenses and other rights needed by a client at various stations across the country, and dealing with retail lettings for a client that included the use of highly specialised tripartite leases. The team has also been advising one client in respect to a new residential development above a station operated by the company, and how best to protect its interests, and another on legal documentation for a large-scale refurbishment project of a train station. Representative rail clients include South West Trains, East Midlands Trains and Virgin Trains East Coast. Property partner Paul Nash leads the firm’s work in the bus sector and the ‘tenacious and industriousRachel Meredith is recommended for commercial property matters in the transport sector, such as lettings.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Hull and East Yorkshire
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Dr John McMullen - Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

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Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP (Leeds)

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP has wide-ranging expertise in employment matters, from advising on executive employment issues to handling discrimination and equal pay claims to employment issues arising from large-scale restructurings and redundancies. The firm is especially well regarded for its TUPE expertise, and fields a leading authority in this space in the form of Dr John McMullen, whose highlights included acting for a multi-academy trust in a reorganisation programme involving the rationalisation of terms and conditions of employment, and acting for a charity in the North West on the TUPE implications of its merger with another charity. In addition to acting for charities and educational institutions, the firm also handles employment matters for national and multinational corporates, as well as senior executives; in an illustration of the latter, McMullen assisted the senior executive of a UK plc with negotiating severance arrangements, including share option rights bonuses and a six-figure compensation package. Chris Billington heads the practice, and handles whistleblowing claims and advises charities on post-transfer changes to terms and conditions of employment; his recent highlights include acting for an educational charity in allegations brought against a member of staff involving public indecency.

Leading individuals (region-wide)

Dr John McMullen - Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

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Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Dr John McMullen - Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP (Leeds)

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP’s ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’ pensions practice provides advice that is ‘comprehensive yet understandable’. Leigh Holmes heads the department and specialises in scheme wind-ups as well as buy-ins and buyouts. Other key figures include consultant Raymond Ainscoe, whose wide-ranging expertise covers equalisation issues among other matters; Rebecca Cooke, who regularly handles third sector and public sector pensions issues, including outsourcing; and Victoria Acomb, who attracts praise for her ability to ‘explain issues at the appropriate level, considers the options and provides the best advice based on her substantial knowledge and experience’. Highlights included advising the trustees of the Friends Life master trust on governance issues, including adapting its new governance requirements to an insurance industry model; and advising the trustees of a UK pension plan on defined-contribution issues.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP (Leeds, Sheffield)

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP’s agriculture and rural property team consists of 12 fee-earners with extensive track records in the region for delivering ‘in-depth knowledge of legal matters affecting landed estates efficiently and promptly’. Working in close conjunction with the firm’s market-leading tax and trusts team, the practice acts for more than 130 landed estates as well as a growing number of farmers and entrepreneurs looking to invest in farmland, woodland and sporting properties. Recent highlights include advising several estates along the proposed HS2 route on compulsory purchase matters and associated tax implications. Jonathan Attey heads the practice and is a leading light in agricultural and rural property matters; he is ably assisted by Andrew Wriglesworth, who is singled out for his tax planning expertise, Julia Boyes, who regularly acts for large estate and entrepreneurial clients, and Angus Hunter Smart. The practice was joined in 2016 by Maria Graylen from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Attey - Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP (Leeds, Sheffield)

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP is many clients’ ‘firm of choice for charity work in the North of England'. Seven partners and 14 other fee-earners make up the sizeable charities team, which handles matters including national and international governance advice; social investment, including charity bonds and community shares; and charity mergers. Its client base encompasses a wide range of education, health, and ecclesiastical and faith-based charities. Malcolm Lynch (‘particularly good in the commercial-charity interface and very knowledgeable about co-operatives’) and newly promoted partner Peter Parker acted for the trustees of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the drafting and negotiation of loan facility agreements for the purposes of providing financing to social finance organisations and intermediaries. Elizabeth Wilson is noted for her ecclesiastical expertise and acts for Catholic international religious order the Sisters of the Cross and Passion on a variety of matters, including governance restructuring and regulatory advice. Other key figures include the ‘very knowledgeableSylvie Nunn, whose clients include the Power to Change Trust, newly promoted partner Tim Wrigley, and consultant Duncan Milwain, who acts for a number of faith-based charities.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP (Leeds, Sheffield)

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP’s ‘outstanding technical expertise and excellent knowledge’ makes it stand out as ‘the go-to firm for private clients in the Leeds market’, and it is ‘always a pleasure to deal with’ and ‘consistently reliable’. The ‘exceptionally strong’ practice focuses on four key areas: assisting clients in the farming and landowning arena, advising family businesses on succession and asset protection issues, representing injured, disabled and vulnerable clients; and providing trust management services. In a recent highlight, Peter Greswold assisted Safe Hands Plans with its drafting of a funeral plan trust. Malcolm Lynch also advised a business owner on succession and trust issues. ‘Strong professionalAndrew Wriglesworth and the ‘approachable and straightforwardMarie-Louise Hamilton jointly lead the firm’s Leeds practice, while the ‘highly effectiveLynne Bradey heads up the Sheffield team. Other key team members include the ‘proactive and understandingJulia Boyes and Angus Hunter Smart.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP (Leeds)

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP in Leeds specialises in schools and academies and continues to be instructed by a portfolio of multi-academy trusts on conversions, contracts, mergers, employment matters, property issues, compliance and private finance initiatives. Chris Billington leads on governance and commercial matters, and Elizabeth Wilson focuses on property-related issues. Tim Wrigley is another key name on the education team and was promoted to the partnership in May 2016. Recent highlights for the team include advising Bright Futures Educational Trust on agreements for additional infrastructure and construction as part of a schools building programme, and advising Hull Collaborative Academy Trust on arrangements to work with another education provider to bring new school improvement strategies into the market, requiring trust policies, regulatory compliance and structuring. The team also has experience advising diocese schools on how to establish multi-academy trusts, including trusts that incorporate both faith and non-faith schools. Elsewhere, it advised a higher education client on a student disciplinary matter, advising on process and outcome and handling a representation before the University Appeals Body.

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