Telephone: 0113 204 5744
Department: Charities & Social Economy
Areas of practice:
Nat joined Wrigleys in 2008 and is a Partner in the Charities and Social Economy team, having previously worked in the charity sector.
Nat has a particular interest in faith-based charities and students’ unions. She acts for Christian denominational bodies, bible colleges, religious orders, and other faith-based charities, as well as students’ unions and a range of other charities.
Advice she has provided to Christian charities includes:
- Advising denominational bodies on a wide range of issues
- Incorporating a bible college
- Merging bible colleges
- Advice on fundraising for a church – what do you do if your project changes?
- Restructuring an international religious order – preparing for the next stage, whatever that may hold
- Advising on complying with trustee and member benefit requirements when recruiting – don’t get caught out
- Church closures – it can be sad when churches have to close, but can your legacy live on through what you do with any remaining assets?
- Serious incident reports in a church context
- Policies – do you have all the policies you have ticked yes to on the Charity Commission annual return?
- Advising in relation to subsidiaries – are the arrangements working well?
- Protecting doctrinal and ethical beliefs – giving you confidence that your church or Christian organisation is on a sound footing doctrinally and that your ethics are protected as best they can be
- Preparing governing documents for churches – churches aren’t just like any other charity, they have particular ways of working – helping to reflect that in the governing documents and to walk the line between civil law requirements and biblical requirements
- Obtaining Charity Commission schemes and orders
- Advising on the Equality Act – what can and can’t you do within the law? What does the charity exemption cover?
- Advising on the restructuring of Church of England dioceses
- Advising cathedrals and cathedral funds
Recent advice she has provided to students’ unions includes:
- Incorporating – helping SUs to protect their trustees and make external trustee recruitment easier
- Help with removing trustees – it can be stressful when there is trustee misconduct, or when there are tensions on the board, but it is helpful to know what you can and can’t do legally
- Amending articles of association – making them work for you
- Dealing with knotty governance issues, including entrenchment provisions – are there procedural requirements which are holding your SU back? What can you do in order to move forward?
- Serious incident reporting – something has gone wrong – do you need to tell the Charity Commission, and how is best to do that?
Charity Law Association - Executive Committee Member
Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship - Operations Committee member
Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP)
Ecclesiastical Law Society
Nat is a Dementia Friend
The Law Society
Leeds Law Society