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Wrigleys Solicitors LLP

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Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Agriculture and estates is a core element of Wrigleys Solicitors LLP’s private client offering. Areas covered by the team include estates and sporting properties and diversification projects - in particular renewal energy schemes, mineral schemes, sporting ventures and tax efficient restructurings. Jonathan Attey, who heads up the department, is an expert in the sale and purchase of farms, estates, sporting properties, country houses, woodland and grouse moors.

Leading individuals


‘Determined to provide excellent and practical advice at a cost commensurate with the limited financial resources of many of their clients, who are families, private individuals and small businesses.’

‘Good communicators and able to explain complicated subjects clearly and with patience.’

‘An excellent firm with some fantastic lawyers.’

‘Emma Ridge has great knowledge gained over many years. Nothing is too much trouble and delivery is very professional and timely.’

‘Matthew Featherstone is an excellent adviser. Always available. Knowledgeable and proactive in addressing problems and challenges before they arose. Balanced legal opinion well with practical and emotional tactics to bring project to satisfactory completion. Lots of common sense and ability to advise clients of the smoothest course of action.’

‘Angus Hunter Smart and Jonathan Attey set the tone for the running of the firm. They provide an efficient and timely service, which gives us confidence in their advice. They also have a good sense of humour and practical common sense which to me is a keystone of any professional advice, however complicated. It is a pleasure working with them and their teams.’

‘Emma Ridge is a delight to work with. She is incredibly knowledgeable and is a very safe pair of hands.’

‘Jonathan Attey has a good technical knowledge of the law and how it applies but is always able to put appropriate practical advice in context of the requirements of the law.’

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

The charity and social economy practice at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP, widely regarded as being at the top of its game, advises on the full gamut of legal issues, from governance, social investment and mergers, to property, ecclesiastical, health and heritage-based matters. The firm has strong connections to key sector bodies, including the Charity Commission, which it is advising on the improvement of their systems, as well as the Charity Law Association and the Charity Tax Group. Department head Malcolm Lynch , who has now been at the firm for almost two decades, has specific expertise in the area of community benefit and co-operative societies.

Leading individuals


‘As a trustee who has used Wrigleys for charity and governance support, often on complex and very technical areas of charity law, I can say that their success is measured by them having trained staff, trustees and contractors how to apply the law practically so the need for legal support has declined. They are also seen as trusted friends by staff who are confident in relying on their advice.’

Key clients

Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches Trust Corporation Ltd

Sisters of the Cross and Passion

Leeds Cares

Asda Foundation

Lions Clubs International MD105

StepChange Debt Charity

Northern Ballet

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP, which was founded in 1996, is a specialist private client, families and trusts firm, attracting complex work - covering wills, trust advice and creation, probate, estate planning, succession planning, pre and post nuptials and tax advice - from both regional and national clients, including more than a quarter of the richest 100 families in the Yorkshire region. The caseload in this area is divided between a team for wills, trusts & probate for injured, disabled and vulnerable clients (led by Lynne Bradey) and trust management services, led by Marie-Louise Hamilton, who oversees the whole practice alongside Andrew Wriglesworth , who heads the landed estates section of the private client department, specialising in tax planning. Julia Boyes - described as 'the best private client solicitor outside London' - is also highly recommended.


‘A super team with depth and strength of knowledge combined with a personal approach.’

‘Wrigleys have an intimate and detailed knowledge of complicated trust structures and their clients can rely on them for sound and appropriate advice on a large variety of matters.’

‘Outstanding service in the field of tax-related trust and difficult IHT questions.’

‘Julia Boyes has an ourtstanding reputation; I have heard her described by a London Chancery QC as the best private client solicitor outside London. I have used her and agree.’

‘Julia Boyes has a deep understanding of the trust structure, together with the requirement, aims and objectives of individual family members. Julia is a key adviser for us.’

‘Julia Boyes is outstanding – helpful, responsive and a pleasure to work with’

Education Tier 2

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP is singled out for its expertise acting for state-funded schools, faith schools and academies; the team has also seen an increased number of instructions from sixth form colleges. Group leader Chris Billington handles governance, commercial and employment matters, Graham Shaw focuses on academy work, and Tim Wrigley counts local authority schools, academies and independent schools as clients.


Wrigleys has a depth of experience in dealing with the closure of Church of England schools. Being an experienced charity law practice, it is able to draw on the experience of other departments to get the job done‘.

The team has real strength in depth in all aspects of education law‘.

Tim Wrigley is very approachable. He has wide specialist knowledge and experience, but has the patience to explain complex issues in a clear way‘.

Key clients

James Montgomery Academy Trust

Wakefield City Academy Trust

Talentum Learning Trust

Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust


Learn Sheffield

Hull Collaborative Academy Trust

Willow Tree Academy

Fylde Coast Academies Trust

Pensions Tier 2

The pensions team at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP has a reputation for acting for trustees of defined benefit pension schemes on a range of governance and trust issues. It also acts for scheme employers, third sector organisations and education clients. The group is led by Leigh Holmes, who focuses on pension scheme wind ups, buyins and buyouts; and includes Kate Buckham, who counts GDPR compliance, amendment power restrictions and contingent assets among her areas of expertise. Consulting partner Raymond Ainscoe provides advice on benefit questions including equalisation issues.


Wrigleys Solicitors LLP‘s pensions team provides pragmatic and speedy advice.

The pensions team at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP focuses on clients’ needs and, whilst the advice is always top notch, it is delivered in a much more ‘human’ way.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP‘s pensions advice is second to none. It has a team of highly competent technically able individuals who are approachable and personable.

The pensions team at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP has the ability to resolve problems in a timely fashion with solutions not roadblocks.

Leigh Holmes is highly skilled, personable and accessible.

Kate Buckham is extremely bright, thorough and painstaking in her detail, but is also able to relay highly complicated matters relating to pensions drafting and interpretation in an understandable way to clients.

Solicitor Louise Edwards is pragmatic and provides careful and reasoned analysis in a practical way.

Kate Buckham and solicitor Vicki Acomb deliver straightforward advice, that is always timely and accurate.

Transport Tier 2

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP's 'tenacious and friendly' transport property team is highlighted for its representation of train and bus operators in non-contentious property law matters. The group attracts praise for being 'very knowledgeable, going the extra mile, always being available and offering swift and sound advice'. Elizabeth Wilson and Paul Nash jointly head the team and have a particular focus on the rail and bus service sectors respectively. Rachel Meredith has notable experience assisting clients with letting commercial premises at railway stations.


Wrigleys Solicitors LLP offers transport sector clients a well balanced team, which has a range of skills which cover a wide knowledge base‘.

The transport property team at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP is very professional and has the personal touch when it comes to explaining things in a less legal format‘.

The team at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP offers a quick and efficient service which is cost effective in comparison with other law firms‘.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP transport team has extensive hands-on experience and real strength in depth. It stands out for its personal and pro-active service and flair for collaboration‘.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP boasts specialist transport knowledge, is unique and outstrips competitors in that it is familiar with the plethora of acronyms used throughout the rail industry and has a full knowledge of the complex relationships and approval processes dictated by the Department for Transport‘.

The transport property team at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP is made up of knowledgeable, industry experts lead by a senior team with first-class knowledge of the sector‘.

Rachel Meredith and Elizabeth Wilson stand out for their passion and determination to get to the bottom of issues‘.

Rachel Meredith and Elizabeth Wilson are leaders in the industry, always approachable and amenable, and excellent in their advice and work‘.

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP's employment team advises on issues ranging from executive service agreements and equal pay to employment tribunals and disciplinary issues. The practice, which primarily serves clients in the education, landed estates and charities/not-for-profit sectors, is headed by Chris Billington, while the 'very approachable' Sue King leads on HR and education response services. Dr John McMullen left to join Stone King LLP in early 2019.


Sue King combines her knowledge of independent schools with employment law to give excellent results.

All of Malcolm Lynch, Sue King and Peter Parkinson have made the effort to understand the business of the charities concerned and to interpret their needs whilst taking account of constraints, such as cost. They are all extremely easy to work with.

I work closely with Sue King, she is very approachable and takes the time to understand the needs of the client. She is prepared to invest time in getting to understand the facts associated with an engagement, finding practical solutions.’

Our main contact has been with Sue King, who has provided consistent, reliable, easy to understand advice. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sue, and Wrigleys to peers and colleagues.’

Strong and practical knowledge of employment law, and ability to apply it in a series of scenarios.

A firm who have the same level of skills as some of their London peers but offering better value in terms of chargeout rates and fees.


Wrigleys is a niche practice set up primarily to provide quality services to private clients and charities. It does no mainstream contentious or corporate work. Its lawyers are recognised for their expertise in trusts, tax, pensions and charities work, and the property, employment, education and agricultural practices that augment these areas.

The firm: Wrigleys shares its origins with DLA in 18th century Leeds, but has developed a character and reputation of its own since it was established in its present form in 1996. It aims to provide its clients with long-term continuity of service at an affordable cost and a number of its specialists have national reputations. A good range of solicitors have been attracted from larger, commercially oriented businesses to a firm whose ethos allows them to do similar quality work in a different environment.

Types of work undertaken: Wrigleys covers a full range of private client issues, such as wills, probates, tax and trusts, as well as related matters dealing with charities, pensions, property and agriculture.

The tax, trusts and probate team handles wills, tax, asset protection and the administration of estates and trusts. It is well known for its strong tax planning base, and for personal injury/compensation protection trusts and trusts for vulnerable people including Court of Protection issues and deputyships.

The pensions team advises sponsoring employers, trustees and members of occupational pension schemes, including drafting and amending schemes.

The charities team covers the full spectrum of charity law, advising on the creation and broader operation of charities of all kinds, including educational charities. It covers employment issues in the sector, including notable work on restructuring. It also acts for wider enterprises in the social economy, often with an environmental angle. The charities team leads the firm’s education practice that incorporates work with academies on conversion, governance and other support.

The firm’s property lawyers handle work arising from all three of these areas, covering commercial investment portfolios and residential work, with particular experience of areas such as settled property, charity property, ecclesiastical law and the transport sector, where it affects property transactions.

Within the property team, the agricultural group handles a wide range of estate and agricultural work, covering farming and farming structures, renewables, minerals, diversification, and grant/subsidy issues.

Clientele: Wrigleys attracts prestigious clients from all over the country and regularly works with, and for, other professionals.

Other offices: Sheffield

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Paul Nash
Capital tax planning Andrew Wriglesworth
Trusts and estates Ann Duchart
Charities Malcolm Lynch
Charities Sylvie Nunn
Employment Chris Billington
Employment John McMullen
Education Chris Billington
Education Elizabeth Wilson
Property Paul Nash
Agriculture and estates Jonathan Attey
Agriculture and estates Angus Hunter Smart
Transport Paul Nash
Transport Elizabeth Wilson
Pensions Leigh Holmes
Personal injury trusts Lynne Bradey
Court of Protection Lynne Bradey
Ecclesiastical Elizabeth Wilson
Other any partner
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Jonathan Attey  photo Mr Jonathan Attey
Mr Chris Billington  photo Mr Chris Billington
Ms Julia Boyes  photo Ms Julia Boyes
Mrs Lynne Bradey  photo Mrs Lynne Bradey
Mrs Ann Duchart  photo Mrs Ann Duchart
Mrs Marie-Louise Hamilton  photo Mrs Marie-Louise Hamilton
Mrs Leigh Holmes  photo Mrs Leigh Holmes
Mr Angus Hunter Smart  photo Mr Angus Hunter Smart
Mrs Sue King  photo Mrs Sue King
Mrs Clare Lawrence  photo Mrs Clare Lawrence
Mr Malcolm Lynch  photo Mr Malcolm Lynch
Dr John McMullen  photo Dr John McMullen
Miss Rachel Meredith  photo Miss Rachel Meredith
Mr Paul Nash photo Mr Paul Nash
Mrs Jane Netting  photo Mrs Jane Netting
Miss Sylvie Nunn  photo Miss Sylvie Nunn
Mr Peter Parker  photo Mr Peter Parker
Mr Ian Potter  photo Mr Ian Potter
Mr Thomas Wainman  photo Mr Thomas Wainman
Mrs Elizabeth Wilson  photo Mrs Elizabeth Wilson
Mr Andrew Wriglesworth  photo Mr Andrew Wriglesworth
Mr Tim Wrigley  photo Mr Tim Wrigley
Number of UK partners : 22
Number of other UK fee-earners : 105