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Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

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Work 0113 244 6100
Fax 0113 244 6101
12020 LEEDS
Leeds, Sheffield

Elizabeth Wilson

Work 0113 244 6100
Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Education, Charity Property, Ecclesiastical Property and Transport




Elizabeth deals with all aspects of property work specialising in commercial and charity property.

Particular specialisms include:

Charity Property – Elizabeth heads the charity property team and advises charities, social enterprises and other voluntary, community and faith organisations, in particular:

   - Faith – Elizabeth has a particular interest in ecclesiastical law and advises various church bodies in several Anglican dioceses, including a diocesan board of finance, diocesan board of education and parochial church councils.  She also advises religious orders, independent churches and other faith based charities.

   - Community-led housing – Elizabeth advises on the property aspects of community led housing where she acts for co-housing groups, community land trusts and cooperatives, together with other community-led projects from museums to town halls.

   - Education – Elizabeth advises schools on the property aspects of conversion and on-going advice related to Academy status.

Railway Property – Elizabeth leads a team who act for several major Train Operating Companies dealing with all property aspects relating to railway premises including station and depot leasing, acquisitions, disposals, station lettings and development projects




  • Committee member - Ecclesiastical Law Society
  • Member of the Charities' Property Association and Charity Law Association

Yorkshire and the Humber


Within: Transport

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: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

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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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector


Within: Education

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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