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Joanna Blackman


Telephone: 0113 204 1114

Office: Leeds

Department: Charities & Social Economy

Position: Partner

Areas of practice:

Joanna Blackman is a partner in the charities and social economy team at Wrigleys

Joanna qualified as a solicitor in 2013. Joanna advises charities, their trading subsidiaries, and social enterprises on a wide range of charity law and other legal matters, including providing governance support and trustee training, advising on registrations and constitutional amendments, and structural transactions such as incorporations, mergers, and asset transfers. She has a particular interest in the health and social care sector, and specialises in advising almshouse charities and other charitable organisations with permanent endowment.

Joanna has written the following articles:

 Charities_Act_2022_Corporate_Trustees_and_Trust_Corporation_Status     Adopting a social media policy in light of the Charity Commission’s new social media guidance
 Independent schools’ development: policies for navigating the modern fundraising landscape     Is Your School Thinking of Establishing a Charitable Foundation?
 Charities Act 2022: new provisions introduced


"Joanna Blackman has been our point of contact throughout the project. She has been highly professional in every way, hugely supportive of our trust and its challenges. She acknowledged and built her own understanding of the unique challenges we faced. Without her level of support and dedication we would not be in the improved position we are today." (Legal 500)


Professional memberships:

Joanna is a member of the Charity Law Association and is recognised as a Recommended Lawyer by the Legal 500 directory. She is also a trustee of a Leeds based charity which assists young people who are experiencing financial hardship by providing grants to support education and training.


23 Jul 2024

Charity Governance Code Refresh 2024 – have your say before 11 August 2024

A public consultation on the Charity Governance Code has been launched to gather views and feedback to inform a further refresh of the Code.

17 Jul 2024

The importance of compliance and some lessons learned for academy trusts

We look here at why compliance is important and some key observations from our compliance work with academy trusts.

03 Jul 2024

Wrigleys Solicitors unveils latest partner promotions

Yorkshire-based legal specialist Wrigleys Solicitors has promoted two solicitors to partner as key departments continue to grow.