Wrigleys is a niche practice set up originally to advise private clients and charities. Its practice has since expanded though still does not include 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.
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 younger solicitors has also been attracted from larger, commercially oriented businesses, to a firm whose ethos allows them to do similar quality work in a different environment.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
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 injuries / 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 within 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.