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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 20 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 charity trustee and Governor of the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle.

Professional memberships:

Charity Law Association

Publications:

UK 200 Group Report on the Charities Act 2006

Claris is a Dementia Friend

24 Nov 2020

Financial recovery post-COVID: What is next for IHT & CGT?

Proposed reforms to IHT & CGT: How might the government balance its books in the long term & attempt to recover some of the financial costs of COVID?

17 Nov 2020

Employer found not liable for employee’s practical joke

Recent case considered whether an employer could have prevented a practical joke that caused injury.

16 Nov 2020

Should deputyship costs be allowed as an expense?

Local Government Ombudsman considers whether deputyship costs should be allowed as an expense in residential social care means testing.