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Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

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

Yorkshire and the Humber

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

The 'proactive' transport property team at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP has 'great Industry knowledge' in the rail sector and combine 'truly comprehensive advice' with 'a customer service ethos that sets them apart from their competitors'. Highlighted by one individual as being 'one of the leading practices in the complex world of rail franchising' the team continues to retain a strong reputation in this area. 'Knowledgeable, realistic and approachable' practice head Elizabeth Wilson 'leads by example' and leverages her 'wealth of knowledge and experience in the complex rail environment' in advising clients in high-value projects. The 'tenacious, driven and commercial' Rachel Meredith handles all aspect of commercial property instructions, including lettings of premises at railway stations. Beyond the rail sector, head of the property department Paul Nash has a 'very detailed knowledge of the bus industry' and acts for a national bus operator on property matters. Another key name to note is the 'conscientious and thorough' associate Richard Marson who 'continues to grow in authority' with an already 'thorough understanding of the regulated rail environment'.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

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

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

The employment practice at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP advises both employers and private clients on a spectrum of issues. The team is singled out for TUPE expertise,  Dr John McMullen is nationally recognised in this area and recently advised on complex TUPE aspects of the merger of three major UK arts organisations, as well as on other areas of HR support. The group is also known for representing charities and education sector clients in employment matters. Practice head +Chris Billington acted for charities on post transfer changes to employment terms and conditions and Sue King leads the HR response and education response services, which focuses on providing ongoing employment advise to charity and education clients.

Leading individuals

Dr John McMullen - Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP has a 'professional, knowledgeable and personable' pensions practice is praised for its 'candour and approachability'. The team is known for acting for trustees and employers across a spectrum of matters and additionally has experience representing public sector pensions. It is instructed by the £0.5bn Aviva Master Trust and is advising its trustees on defined contribution transfers and GDPR compliance. Head of department +Leigh Holmes has particular expertise handling buy-ins and buy-outs and was recently instructed in the restructuring and winding-up of several schemes. Another key name to note is +Raymond Ainscoe, highlighted for his 'personable style and thorough approach'. Changes to the team include the promotion of the 'extremely knowledgeable' +Rebecca Cooke to consultant and the departure of Maragaret Allison.  

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP is known for its 'specific knowledge and expertise in agricultural matters'. The team, which leverages the firm's strong private client practice and tax and trusts capability, acts for more than 130 landed estates, as well as farmers and entrepreneurs investing in farmland, woodland and sporting properties. The agriculture and estates department is headed by Jonathan Attey who handles a diverse case load including land transactions, diversification schemes, and agricultural tenancies, including tax orientated restructuring. The substantial team also includes +Andrew Wriglesworth, Julia Boyes,Angus Hunter Smart who all spend a substantial amount of time acting for landowners. Also recommended is the 'extremely professional' Caroline Hawcroft who, 'with excellent agricultural knowledge', frequently handles specialist agricultural property transactions. Philip Nelson left the team to join Harrowells Solicitors.

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

The 'professional and knowledgeable' charity and social economy team at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP attracts praise for its 'good-value, pointed advice'. The 'excellent' department handles charity governance, issues surrounding corporate foundations, charity mergers and property transactions, and is highlighted for its 'good specialist knowledge of social investment and finance', an area led by Malcolm Lynch who is ably supported by recently promoted partner Peter Parker. Elizabeth Wilson heads the charity property group and has particular expertise handling ecclesiastical property matters. Wilson recently represented a Catholic international religious order on a £2.25m sale of a convent. In another work highlight, a team led by Tim Wrigley and Chris Billington was instructed on the transfer of an entire parish from the Ampleforth Abbey Trustees to the local Diocese, including all parish properties, the parish shop and all assets, liabilities and obligations. The team also has significant experience acting for health based charities, and recently advised Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation and Leeds Hospital Charitable Foundation on the process of re-categorising and rationalising a significant amount of funds ahead of the charity's conversion to independent status.

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

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP's trusts and tax team is jointly led by Andrew Wriglesworth and Marie-Louise Hamilton and acts for landowners and family-run businesses in this area, as well as being instructed to manage trusts. Sheffield-based Lynne Bradey leads a team specialising in providing wills, trusts and probate advice to injured, disabled and vulnerable individuals. The group has broad expertise and is able to advise in complex matters. A team, led by Julia Boyes, recently advised a major landed estate in North Yorkshire around issues of capital gains tax, inheritance tax, stamp duty land tax implications and partnership law in the reorganisation of a trust. Thomas Wainman was promoted to partner. Peter Greswold and Philip Nelson both departed the team to join Raworths and Harrowells Solicitors respectively. Senior partner Matthew Wrigley sadly passed away.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP's broad education practice acts for local authority schools, academies, independent schools, colleges and universities across a range of practice areas. Chris Billington heads up the group and led advice to James Montgomery Academy Trust on the complicated conversion of a voluntary aided church school joining the trust. This matter was complicated by complex property considerations. The team has also acted for schools establishing new multi academy trusts, including Five Rivers Multi Academy Trust which the firm assisting on conversion to academy status and relocation into a refurbished community centre. Other key names to note are Elizabeth Wilson and Tim Wrigley.

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