Firm Profile > Wrigleys Solicitors LLP > Leeds, England

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP
19 COOKRIDGE STREET
LEEDS
LS2 3AG
England

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Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP is a specialist private client firm, which has a well-established presence in agriculture and estates. The firm handles purchases and sales of farms and estates, agricultural tenancy advice, sporting rights, and renewable energy projects; and has increasingly been acting for owners of woodland and forestry. The practice has also notably benefitted from the opening of a new office in Newcastle. Practice head Jonathan Attey displays strong expertise in agricultural and rural property work.

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The knowledge within the Leeds team is first class, and everyone works together on effective client solutions.’

Everyone is extremely approachable.’

Efficient team with old-school approach to client relations. Prompt, accurate communication; solid advice and effective negotiators.’

Jonathan Attey: knowledgeable, personable, authoritative, good eye for detail.’

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

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.

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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

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP is a specialist private client firm, which acts for many of the region's wealthiest families; the group also acts at a national level. The team, which is jointly led by Andrew Wriglesworth and Marie-Louise Hamilton in Leeds, and Jane Netting, Lisa Eato and Lynne Bradey in Sheffield, covers all aspects of private client work. The practice also specialises in trust management and cross-border work, including Brussels IV planning matters. Leveraging its trust expertise, the group was recently instructed to create the trusts for the children and vulnerable beneficiaries of victims of the Grenfell disaster. Julia Boyes attracts high praise for her notable expertise.

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They have considerable knowledge about LPAs and wills. I have a variety of investments which cause my will not to be straightforward.  Wrigleys have handled my wills for a number of years and I feel secure in their knowledge and advice. Wrigleys prepared my LPAs sensitively and revised where necessary due to a conflict of interest of one of my executors. Wrigleys have also handled loan agreements for me. Their team has supported me in these areas over a lengthy period and their in-house experience provides the confidence that I have not enjoyed with some other firms.

Kieran McIvor is “on the ball”.  He is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and approachable. Kieran brings together the individuals from whom I need advice/assistance within the firm. Apart from his superior, Andrew Wriglesworth, Kieran is the person who stands out for me.

Education Tier 2

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP has a well-rounded education practice with experience and expertise in working with local authority schools, academies, independent schools and with further and higher education institutions. Advising on a wide range of legal issues, such as academy conversions and transfers, complex education issues, employment litigation, reputation management and more, the team around Chris Billington has a particular strength in faith schools and academies being retained by the Diocese of Sheffield for education work. An additional specialism is charity advice for schools, advising school trustees on their education and charity law position.

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“The combination of professional integrity, response, wisdom and expertise is unique.”

“Graham Shaw is unique. He has worked with our school supporting us on an arduous journey from maintained school to academy, offering well reasoned advice and guidance and sharing our queries with specialist staff who have ensured we have achieved our goals in good time and best results.”

“All of the team at Wrigleys are of the highest quality. They communicate very effectively and provide consistent support and advice. Their knowledge of the charities and education sector is second to none. Their advice has helped us to grow confidently.”

“The team was very professional and very responsive to our questions. They followed up any issues very quickly.”

“When schools ask for support/legal advice they want it to be comprehensive and robust. The support and legal advice from Wrigleys has been excellent and incredibly comprehensive. We were not used to this high level of service and support and it opened our eyes to what we should have been getting before.”

“The personalised, friendly but professional approach given to us as clients is appreciated.  ‘Legal jargon’ free conversations to help us thorough our cases/projects.”

“Approachable, knowledgeable and friendly. Able to answer questions clearly and in plain language so that all the issues are clearly understood.”

Key clients

Wingfield Academy

Talentum Learning Trust

Stephenson Multi Academy Trust

Royal College of Art Students’ Union

James Montgomery Academy Trust

Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust

Nexus Multi Academy Trust

Cockburn Multi Academy Trust

Harlington Upper School

Fylde Coast Academy Trust

Pensions Tier 2

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP’s pensions practice focuses on advising defined benefit scheme trustees on the breadth of governance issues, working with both regional and national clients. The team, which includes practice head Leigh Holmes, Kate Buckham and Louise Edwards, handles buyins and buyouts, scheme amendments, scheme funding, auto-enrolment compliance, historical corrections and master trust transfers. Recent client wins have increased the roster of charity, education and third sector organisations, while a number of family-owned businesses also retain the team for administrative advice.

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When I initially engaged this team, over 10 years ago, they were rightly proud of their desire to do things differently from the alternative big practices, either in London or the regions. As they have grown they have largely maintained this independence of spirit. It is reflected in the way they engage with clients, which is more relaxed than many others.

The team has guided us through some interesting times in the unusual circumstances of our fund. They have all done this with sensible, pragmatic and practical advice delivered in a manner that has helped the trustee navigate some choppy waters.

Louise Edwards is helpful and easy to deal with.

Transport Tier 2

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP fields a dedicated rail property practice, working with train operating companies across the UK on issues relating to station redevelopments, retail property tenancies, whole franchise leasings and wider strategy planning issues. The team also provides training to franchises, particularly new entrants to the market, on UK legal issues relating to protected tenancies and planning regulations, utilising the firm's 'superb legal knowledge' in the sector. Elizabeth Wilson leads the team, with extensive experience in acting across all areas of rail property, supported by property department head Rachel MeredithRichard Marson was promoted to partner in 2019, having won plaudits for his 'judgement and advice'.

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We continue to use Wrigley’s for all property law and lease management issues. Their specific legal knowledge and experience in the field of railway property management is superb, and the partner(s) we use are proactive, excellent communicators.

I usually turn to Richard Marson not just for management of our leases, but also for any general advice on property law issues – including landlord / tenant issues. I trust his judgement and advice in these particular fields and am fully assured that he is 100% representing our interests as client.

You are dealing directly with very experienced and senior practitioners who are also personable.

The Wrigley’s team is highly experienced in the rail property and rail regulation. They provide concise and thorough advice on complex matters. Wrigley’s offer exceptional value for money specifically in respect of property transactions on stations.

The team is expertly led by Elizabeth Wilson, with Richard Marson ably supporting her. Response times are first class and both make themselves as required for telephone calls and meetings.

Wrigleys are for me the go to firm in dealing with matters on the operational rail estate. The team have wide industry knowledge and in depth experience. This is their USP from others in the sector. Partner availability and Partner mentoring of associates ensures that standard of work is exceptional.

Unrivalled knowledge and understanding of all things railway and the complex matrix of legal documentation relating to operational railway property including depots and qualifying expenditure of maintenance equipment, long term charges and the inter relationship with Network Rail responsibilities. There are few other firms who have the experience of how matters have developed, altered and precedence set since privatisation in 1996 and this knowledge provides invaluable insight and protects their client’s interest to the full. The benefits of being fully au fait with the commercial arrangements gives them an unrivalled and unique advantage.

The transport team, led by Elizabeth Wilson, all have an ethos of being approachable and the unusual ability to explain the implications, reasons and consequences of various lease clauses often on the telephone has a huge advantage and provides the client or instructing surveyor with a clear and concise understanding. Rachel Meredith and Richard Marson are particularly approachable and provide a first class service in documenting all manner of leases, licences, development agreements, sale contracts and all manner of legal advice in a clear and sound manner.

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP's employment team focuses on the charity sector; clients include faith schools, academies, student unions and integrated care and disability services. Practice head Chris Billington and Sue King handle contentious and non-contentious work including sensitive senior exits, HR governance issues, TUPE, employee restructurings, grievance procedures and Employment Tribunal claims. The team also acts for rural employers, landed estates and family-owned businesses.

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Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Under the leadership of Malcolm Lynch, the practice at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP has considerable experience of governance matters both nationally and internationally. The team is also well known for its social investment advice and its considerable skill in charity bond issues, community share issues and other matters such as social impact bonds. The group advises numerous corporate foundations on issues of independence, relationships with corporate donors and other matters relating to grant giving and cause-related marketing. The team also acts for a sizeable number of ecclesiastical and faith-based charities, as well as health-based organisations. In addition, Lynch leads a team that advises students' unions and key contact Sylvie Nunn heads a team that advises museums and stately homes.

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‘Sylvie Nunn is very knowledgeable, very committed to the sector and very calm’

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

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Key specialisms of the team at Wrigleys Solicitors LLP  include advising on governance matters, mergers and collaborative working. The practice focuses particularly on charitable clients involved with healthcare, religious work, social housing, and social investment. The team is led by Fiona Wharton, who joined from Ward Hadaway in summer 2019, who also assists various public sector bodies in their role as corporate trustees. She works with fellow consultant Claris D’cruz; the duo are praised for their 'professional and assured approach to every project, no matter how big or small'.

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‘Charities can approach the Wrigleys team knowing that they have the right credentials and legal experience.’

‘Fiona Wharton is an experienced charity lawyer. Her sector knowledge and credentials are unrivalled.’

‘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.’

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.

‘Claris D’Cruz and Fiona Wharton are recognised throughout the region as leading practitioners in the charitable and not-for-profit sector. They have demonstrated an extensive knowledge across the third sector over several years in practice and by combining their skills they have created a strong offering for charities in the North East of England.’

‘Claris D’Cruz and Fiona Wharton stand out because of their professional and assured approach to every project, no matter how big or small. They are always approachable, are always willing to listen and offer sound advice in a way which is easy to understand, no matter how complex.’

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County Durham and Darlington NHS FT/CDDFT Charity

Lions Clubs International MD105

Sherburn House Charity

Virgin Money Foundation

Pagabo Foundation

Court of protection Tier 2

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP has a specialist team that is widely recognised for its work in the Court of Protection and for its management of personal injury funds. Of particular note is the fact that the firm has been appointed to the Office of the Public Guardian's panel of deputies since June 2015. The practice provides a comprehensive service to clients on all aspects of property and financial affairs, managing numerous deputyships and trusts. It also frequently acts as an expert witness and provides specialist advice on community care and local authority and NHS care provision and funding. Lynne Bradey, Lisa Eato and Jane Netting are all highly recommended.

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Undoubtedly Wrigleys has great strength in depth in its Court of Protection offering. The lawyers have huge experience and have a great feel for this area. Jane Netting has great experience and is very approachable. Kate Edwards is thoughtful and eager to solve problems

The team has a great deal of knowledge and experience in dealing with Court of Protection matters. The lawyers are able to take often complex situations and break them down into digestible tasks which they complete extremely well, and give the client the right level of interaction and communication so they feel comfortable with what is going on

‘A long-established firm with a noted specialism in personal injury and Court of Protection work. It has recruited well in recent years. Kate Edwards is an excellent and increasingly high-profile deputy – empathetic and engaging but no-nonsense when required

‘This team is unique because of the people in it. Not only is their level of expertise second to none, but the lawyers have a desire to help those of us who have little or no knowledge of this area of law. They are approachable and friendly and that, combined with the broad range of expertise and exceptional level of knowledge in this area, makes for an extremely high level of service

‘Lynne Bradey is supremely knowledgeable – she (literally) wrote the book on Court of Protection work’

Charlotte Dyson is extremely bright, with excellent judgement and great client-handling skills

‘Charlotte Dyson is a partner of the future. She is excellent with vulnerable clients and able to quickly build a rapport

‘A very experienced team with a national reputation. Easy to work with, very practical and good at solving problems and collaborating

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 & Newcastle

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Marie-Louise Hamilton
Capital tax planning Andrew Wriglesworth
Trusts and estates Ann Duchart
Charities Malcolm Lynch
Charities Sylvie Nunn
Employment Chris Billington
Employment Sue King
Education Chris Billington
Education Graham Shaw
Property Rachel Meredith
Agriculture and estates Jonathan Attey
Agriculture and estates Angus Hunter Smart
Transport Richard Marson
Transport Elizabeth Wilson
Pensions Leigh Holmes
Personal injury trusts Lynne Bradey
Court of Protection Lynne Bradey & Jane Netting
Ecclesiastical Elizabeth Wilson
Other any partner
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Jonathan Attey  photo Mr Jonathan Attey Partner
Mr Chris Billington  photo Mr Chris Billington Partner
Ms Julia Boyes  photo Ms Julia Boyes Partner
Mrs Lynne Bradey  photo Mrs Lynne Bradey Partner
Mrs Ann Duchart  photo Mrs Ann Duchart Partner
Mrs Marie-Louise Hamilton  photo Mrs Marie-Louise Hamilton Managing Partner
Mrs Leigh Holmes  photo Mrs Leigh Holmes Partner
Mr Angus Hunter Smart  photo Mr Angus Hunter Smart Partner
Mrs Sue King  photo Mrs Sue King Partner
Mrs Clare Lawrence  photo Mrs Clare Lawrence Partner
Mr Malcolm Lynch  photo Mr Malcolm Lynch Partner
Miss Rachel Meredith  photo Miss Rachel Meredith Partner
Mr Paul Nash photo Mr Paul Nash Partner
Mrs Jane Netting  photo Mrs Jane Netting Partner
Miss Sylvie Nunn  photo Miss Sylvie Nunn Partner
Mr Peter Parker  photo Mr Peter Parker Partner
Mr Ian Potter  photo Mr Ian Potter Partner
Mr Thomas Wainman  photo Mr Thomas Wainman Partner
Mrs Elizabeth Wilson  photo Mrs Elizabeth Wilson Partner
Mr Andrew Wriglesworth  photo Mr Andrew Wriglesworth Partner
Mr Tim Wrigley  photo Mr Tim Wrigley Partner
Number of UK partners : 35
Number of other UK fee-earners : 88