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Claris D'cruz

Email: claris.dcruz@wrigleys.co.uk

Telephone: 07786 928403

Office: Leeds

Department: Charities & Social Economy

Position: Consultant

Areas of practice:

Claris D'cruz is a Consultant working with Wrigleys' clients nationwide. Claris qualified as a Barrister in 1994 and has been practising as a charity lawyer for nearly 25 years. She worked 'at the coalface' as an in-house legal adviser for registered charity, Interchange Trust and then gained invaluable experience on the other side of the fence as a Charity Commission lawyer, before going into private practice. Prior to becoming a Consultant, Claris was Head of Charities at a major Newcastle firm.

Claris advises charities and independent schools on a range of legal issues including: charity formations, restructures, mergers and collaborations, trustees' powers and duties, managing conflicts of interest and dealing with the Charity Commission. She regularly provides trustee training for small, medium and large charities, including Academy Trusts.

Claris chairs and speaks at conferences for the voluntary sector about charity law and practice issues for the voluntary sector, lawyers and other professionals. She has written articles for amongst others Charity Finance, Third Sector and the Bursars' Review.

Claris is a local governor of Excelsior Academy and a director of Northumberland Cricket Board.

Professional memberships:

Charity Law Association

Publications:

UK 200 Group Report on the Charities Act 2006

Claris is a Dementia Friend

17 Sep 2021

Employee who refused to visit manager’s property during lockdown was automatically unfairly dismissed on health and safety grounds

Tribunal decision offers useful insight into how employers may have been exposed to claims during the pandemic.

10 Sep 2021

Community Housing Fund: the countdown is on to apply!

The deadline is fast approaching to apply for the next stage of the Community Housing Fund.

08 Sep 2021

Court of Protection Guideline Hourly Rates – The Sequel

We take a look at the increase in hourly rates which deputyship firms can charge from 1st October 2021.