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Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP has notable experience in the charity sector advising on governance matters both nationally and internationally, and frequently handles cross-border work. The charity and social economy practice advises on all charity related matters including charity bond issuances, corporate foundations, charity mergers, and health-based charities. Practice head Malcolm Lynch has a strong background in social investment work and charity mergers. Clients praise the team for its 'reassuring and comforting' approach.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Lynch


The Wrigley’s team has specialisms in a number of areas which gives confidence that they are not generalists. Having access to a number of experts is reassuring and comforting especially in these times of increasing litigation.’

Their approach is that of flexibility, accessibility and recognising the importance of relationships so they are always easy to deal with and effective at supporting your business.’

Having the charity sector specialists within their legal team ensures that charities can approach the Wrigleys Solicitors team knowing that they have the right credentials and legal experience. It enables the charity team to think around the issues, rather than react to them as they progress the legal matter.’

Key clients

Youth Futures Foundation

Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches Trust Corporation Limited

Sisters of the Cross and Passion

Leeds Cares

Sherburn House Charity

Asda Foundation

Allia Limited and Allia Social Impact Investments Limited

Regent’s Park College

Chichester Students’ Union

Lions Clubs International MD105

Work highlights

  • Offered a one-stop shop service to the trustees of Leeds Cares, advising on matters including governance issues, fundraising, charity property work, GDPR projects and employment matters.
  • Instructed to advise the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches Trust Corporation on a range of issues including the appropriate governance structure for churches affiliated to EFCC. This has included advising on the structure of a sale to developers.
  • Worked with Allia and its subsidiary, Allia Social Impact Investments, on the issuance of bonds.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard excels at handling complex multi-disciplinary work for charities with commercial arrangements; the group also regularly advises on real estate and banking transactions concerning charity land. Other areas of expertise include advising on Charity Commission investigations and inquiry work. Practice head Pervinder Kaur has 'extensive' knowledge of charity law, and the team is praised for its 'collaborative' approach. Legal director Charlotte Smart and Yorke Eaton also contribute to the group; Eaton handles the establishment and registration of new entities and governance work.

Practice head(s):

Pervinder Kaur

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Smart; Yorke Eaton


The team are very collaborative and work with us to get the best overall results for our clients. Very high level of knowledge combined with practicality.’

Pervinder Kaur is a pleasure to work with. Her knowledge of matters is extensive and I know I can have full confidence in her work and advice.’

Key clients

Bedingfield’s Trust

NFU Charitable Trust

Leeds Becketts University

Work highlights

  • Providing pro-bono support to a high-profile charity in relation to its commercial arrangements with corporate supporters and sponsors.
  • Provided governance advice to the trustees of a charity established by and connected to a large plc including analysing the charity’s current constitution, considering its current and future objectives and advising on the options for the future.
  • Advised a charity on the appointment and retirement of trustees and advised on the distribution of significant funds to a large scale overseas charitable project in pursuit of the charity’s objects.


Hempsons has a high level of experience in social care and charity work, and advises a wide range of clients. The practice is capable of handling a broad range of charity related matters for its corporate and real estate clients through a strong multi-disciplinary approach. National practice head Ian Hempseed and 'exceptional' associate Helen Hirst jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ian Hempseed; Helen Hirst


An excellent team which provides advice and guidance in a pragmatic, useful way.’

They are approachable and provide considered expert opinions.’

Helen Hirst is an exceptional individual who provided a wonderful training programme to our Corporate Trustee, supporting them in understanding their roles and accountabilities.’

Key clients

Zoological Society London

Outward Bound Trust

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

Royal College of Paediatrics

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Fdn.

Energy Institute 7

The Christie Charitable Fund

Movember Europe

Liverpool PSS

York Conservation Trust

Henshaws Society for Blind People

AAGBI Foundation

Age UK North Tyneside

Anchor Trust

Aspens Charities

Autism Plus Limited

The Avalon Group

Avenues East

Avenues London

Avenues South East

The Avenues Trust Group

Avocet Trust

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home


British Home & Hospital for Incurables

Cats Protection

Charities Trust

Christians Against Poverty

TheConservation Volunteers

Dame Alice Owen’s Foundation

Demelza House Children’s Hospice

DKMS Bone Marrow Donor Centre

Douglas Macmillan Hospice

European Assoc for Cardio Thoracic Surgery

Federation of Jewish Services

The Francis Crick institute Limited

Groundwork North East

Harrogate District Hospice Care

The Healthcare Management Trust

Int. Fed. Of Gynaecology & Obstetrics

Lowry Centre Trust

Macmillan Cancer Support

Making Space

Manchester University NHS Foundation. Trust Charity

Maritime Educational Foundation

Musicians Benevolent Fund

National Childbirth Trust


North West Air Ambulance

Overseas Development lnslte

Pure Innovations Limited

ReVitalise Respite Holidays

Royal Exchange Theatre Company

Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Royal Mencap Society

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of GB

Sheffield Hospitals Charity

St Gemma’s Hospice Leeds

St George’s Police Children Trust

St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice

Sue Ryder

Tees Valley Community Foundation

Trustees of the London Clinic Limited

Turning Point

Wellcome Trust

WilfWard Family Trust

Wirral Autistic Society

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Work highlights

  • Reorganised the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations’ annual members’ meetings, modernising the process for electing its trustees, as well as how the chair and other officers are appointed.
  • Advised The Society of Occupational Medicine on its incorporation, including preparing the application to the Charity Commission to register the company as a charity, obtaining all necessary permissions from the Charity Commission and the business transfer agreement.
  • Advised on the incorporation and release of restrictions for a 200-year-old trust which owns the land for a primary school, and a youth centre in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has a strong presence in charity law and provides a wide offering to clients. The group advises on sports and leisure charities, religious and education charities, state aid matters, and funding issues. Practice head Laurence Gavin is 'extremely knowledgeable', and senior associate Graham Walker is also noted and specialises in advising charities on real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Laurence Gavin

Other key lawyers:

Graham Walker


A true understanding of all the complexities involved regarding governance issues at a charity which is incorporated under a Royal Charter. Excellent knowledge of charity law combined with an understanding of the complications which arise with the charity also being a corporation.’

We have been advised by Laurence Gavin for some years. His personal knowledge and experience of charity law and the Charity Commission are second to none. He responds very quickly when we have an urgent need for advice and at all times meets whatever deadlines we have agreed.’

The team has a lot of charity specific knowledge and is proactive in providing advice. They are strong on the charity law implications of what seem to be ‘normal’ decisions and transactions. They are proactive on implications of charity law on property transactions. The team has depth.’

Laurence Gavin is extremely knowledgeable. His advice is well considered and explained with a view of options and potential consequences.’

Key clients

Sheffield City Trust

Sheffcare Limited

7 Hills Leisure Trust

Cyrille Regis Legacy Trust

The Athlone Trust

Schools and Universities Polo Association Ltd

South Downs Planetarium

Meadowhall Education Centre

Boccia England

The Cathedral Archer Project

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

Mesothelioma UK

Site Gallery

The Corn Exchange (Newbury) Trust


Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client Maltby Learning Trust on the transfer of Wath Comprehensive School to the trust.
  • Assisted Cyrille Regis Legacy Trust with setting up a company limited by guarantee and registering the charity with the Charity Commission.
  • Assisted The Athlone Trust with incorporating the charity as a charitable incorporated organisation.

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett fields a strong charities practice and a specialist ecclesiastical team, which is led by Peter Foskett and provides advice to a wide range of religious charities. Mark Honeywell heads up the charities and social enterprise group, which assists with all legal matters concerning charities and not-for-profit organisations. The department specialises in advising on charity regulations and registrations, incorporations and governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Peter Foskett; Mark Honeywell

Other key lawyers:

Katie Dawson


The team are well aware of our requirements, communicate well and in a practical helpful way.’

Katie Dawson, senior solicitor has been very helpful and knowledgeable with practical advice.’

Katie Dawson has been our main point of contact. She is thorough and professional and nothing is too much bother for her.’

Key clients

Province and Diocese of York

Leeds Diocesan Board of Finance

Diocese of Sodor and Man

The Grammar School at Leeds

Scarborough College

St Leonard’s Hospice York


Laura Waddington Charitable Foundation

Bewerley Grange Chapel Fund

York Oratory Trust

Communication Matters


McCormicks has demonstrated notable growth in the charity sector and maintains a substantial regional and national client base, which includes Harrogate International Festivals and the Premier League Charitable Fund. The practice also continues to advise the trustees of the Yorkshire Young Achievers Foundation on tax advice and regulatory guidance. Practice head Peter McCormick is a trustee of the Football Foundation, as well as several other organisations.

Practice head(s):

Peter McCormick


McCormicks are a friendly and approachable firm. They offer a range of expertise and are always capable of responding on a range of issues. They respond quickly and are receptive to client needs.’

The individuals who work for McCormicks are all highly competent and knowledgeable in their fields. They engage with clients, listening to our requirements and preferred approaches responding with good advice to enable us to reach our objectives.’

Key clients

Harrogate International Festivals

John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation, John Strutt Memorial Foundation, John Strutt Conservation Foundation, John Strutt Charity

The Premier League Charitable Fund

War Memorials Trust

The Football Foundation

The Helen Feather Memorial Trust

The Harrogate Operatic Players

The Royal Horticultural Society

The Prince’s Trust

The Outward Bound Trust

Work highlights

  • Continued to advise Harrogate International Festival on a widely varied range of legal issues covering employment law, commercial property law and other issues when they arose.
  • Acting for the John Strutt Centre for Parrot Conservation and John Strutt Memorial Foundation along with other charities related to the estate of the late John Herbert Strutt.
  • Assisting the Premier League with all aspects of its charitable work, including the Premier League Charitable Fund.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has a national presence within the charity sector and acts as adviser to many leading UK charities including Children in Need, English Heritage and the British Council. The practice advises on registrations, governance issues, HR policies, funding work and IP matters, and has expertise in specialist areas including assisting health charities and sport and education organisations. National head Neil Burton and Yorkshire charity head Mark Ashton are noted.

Practice head(s):

Neil Burton; Mark Ashton


Technical knowledge and commercial astuteness, in particular managing complex charities.’

Mark Ashton – considered, technical lawyer with strong handle of commercial side of things.’


Key clients

Dove House Hospice Hull

National Railway Museum York

Clean Air Fund

English Heritage


The Countryside Restoration Trust

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

King’s College London

Institute of Conservation

Royal Society of Chemistry

Work highlights

  • Provided a full-service retainer to the Royal Society of Chemistry including advising it on the governance of connected charitable trusts.
  • Advised The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation global charity on governance and regulatory issues.
  • Advised Clean Air Fund on the formation of a new £20m joint venture charity.

Rollits LLP

With substantial charity sector expertise, Rollits LLP is a long-term adviser for the Charity Bank. The practice has also grown its client base in the almshouse space. Regular mandates involve handling charity incorporations, governance mandates and regulatory compliance advice. Gerry Morrison heads up the practice and is a member of the Charity Law Association.

Practice head(s):

Gerry Morrison

Key clients

Goodwin Development Trust

Exceed Academies Trust

Leeds City College

University of Hull Students’ Union

St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Academy Trust

The Consortium Academy Trust

The Charity Bank Limited

Family Fund Trust

The Holbeck Charitable Trust

Pickering & Ferens Homes

Yorkshire Builders Federation

Scarborough Museums Trust

Bishop Burton College of Further Education

York Bridge Club

Absolutely Cultured

Leeds Bridge Club

Halifax Bridge Club

Tadcaster Magnets Sports & Social Club

Work highlights

  • Advised The Consortium Academy Trust on its acquisition of Winifred Holtby Academy from Winifred Holtby Academy Trust.
  • Provided ongoing advice on security documentation and completion of legal charges on related property matters to Charity Bank.
  • Provided ongoing governance and employment advice to Absolutely Cultured regarding numerous charity law and employment issues including trustees’ legal duties and responsibilities in respect of the fulfilment of the charity’s objects.

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP is a specialist charity boutique with a national presence. The firm acts for a broad range of charities and advises clients in the heritage and arts, religion and faith, and education sectors. Recent clients for the group include Blue Marine Foundation, Climate Action Trust and WeCare International. Tom Murdoch heads up the Leeds-based practice.

Practice head(s):

Tom Murdoch

Key clients

Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust

Society of Jesus

Queen Ethelberga’s (Leeds office)

Faithful Companions of Jesus

Education & Training Foundation (Leeds office)

Tom Murdoch as Interim Manager of the Central Gurdwara (Leeds office)

Resolution Foundation (Leeds office)

Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse

Brentwood Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust

English Province of the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd CIO

The Royal Society (Leeds office)

Climate Advisers Trust (Leeds office)

Sisters of Christian Retreat

Society of the Holy Child Jesus

IMPRESS (Leeds office)


The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain

Blue Marine Foundation (Leeds office)

Family Action

Health Empowerment Project (Leeds office)

Charted Institute of Taxation (Leeds office)

Royal Society of Medicine

Catch 22

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Resolution Foundation with obtaining the Charity Commission’s consent to widen the charity’s objectives.
  • Appointed by the Charity Commission to act as interim manager of the Gurdwara, Europe’s oldest Sikh temple.
  • Advised Bradford College on transactions involving the Fresh Start Grant Agreement.

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP

Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP acts for a significant number of local and regional charities and not-for-profit organisations. The group has particular expertise in complex charitable status registrations, and provides advice on all matters to the Viola Trust, a key client for the firm. Daniel Hammond and Kevin Webster jointly head up the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Hammond; Kevin Webster

Key clients

The Alcohol & Drug Service

Bridlington Rugby Union Football Club Ltd

European Missionary Fellowship

Families for Individual Needs and Dignity

Forum: North Bank Forum for Voluntary Organisations

Hull IVF Trust

Hull & East Yorkshire Medical Research Centre (The Daisy Appeal)

Humbercare Limited

St Paul’s Amateur Boxing Academy

The Viola Trust

Tigers Sport and Education Trust

Trade Right International

United Kingdom Association of Fish Producer Organisations

Work highlights

  • Assisted St Paul’s Boxing Academy with its application for the registration of the organisation as a charitable incorporated organisation.

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney displays particular expertise in education-related charity work, and handles a broad range of work from trustee appointments and removals, to tax and VAT issues. The group regularly provides seminars and training sessions for charities and not-for-profit organisations on governance, employment and other relevant topics. Chris Schofield heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Chris Schofield

Key clients


Bradford Live

Girlington Muslim Welfare Association

SLP College


Work highlights

  • Completed a joint development by Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust and the local authority of a cycleway/track to be used in the World Cycling Racing championship 2020.
  • Advised SLP College on the conversion of a privately-owned college for music and drama to a charitable status to ensure sustainability and continuance.
  • Advised Bradford Live on issues relating to the redevelopment of the Bradford Odeon Cinema including an application for charitable status.