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Wrigleys Solicitors LLP
Yorkshire And The Humber

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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 Paul Nash photo Mr Paul Nash
Mrs Marie-Louise Hamilton  photo Mrs Marie-Louise Hamilton
Dr John McMullen  photo Dr John McMullen
Mrs Elizabeth Wilson  photo Mrs Elizabeth Wilson
Mrs Ann Duchart  photo Mrs Ann Duchart
Mrs Clare Lawrence  photo Mrs Clare Lawrence
Miss Rachel Meredith  photo Miss Rachel Meredith
Mr Tim Wrigley  photo Mr Tim Wrigley
Mr Jonathan Attey  photo Mr Jonathan Attey
Mr Chris Billington  photo Mr Chris Billington
Mrs Sue King  photo Mrs Sue King
Ms Julia Boyes  photo Ms Julia Boyes
Mrs Lynne Bradey  photo Mrs Lynne Bradey
Mrs Leigh Holmes  photo Mrs Leigh Holmes
Mr Angus Hunter Smart  photo Mr Angus Hunter Smart
Mr Malcolm Lynch  photo Mr Malcolm Lynch
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 Andrew Wriglesworth  photo Mr Andrew Wriglesworth
Mr Thomas Wainman  photo Mr Thomas Wainman
Number of UK partners : 22
Number of other UK fee-earners : 105