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Trusted advice for community-led housing projects

Our experience in community-led housing means that Wrigleys will advise you with an understanding built up from many similar projects to yours.

If you are contemplating setting up a cohousing development, community land trust, housing co-operative or other community-led project, you will be in safe hands with us.

Solicitors at Wrigleys have been at the forefront of the community-led housing movement for over thirty years and understand the way these unique projects work. Our lawyers are empathetic and many are involved in community-led projects themselves, so have first hand experience of the practical issues that may arise.

We recognise that you don't just want to build houses, but want to build communities. Our experience, empathy and understanding will help you achieve your aims.

How can Wrigleys help?

  1. Legal structure: Setting up a legal entity to own and manage your community-led project and advising on the best way to structure your project to achieve your aims.

  2. Finance: Financing your community-led housing project. This might include seed funding from members to get your project off the ground in the early days, community shares to raise funds from those in the local area and bank loans to acquire and develop your homes. We have good relationships with the main commercial lenders on community-led housing and are happy to put you in touch at the appropriate stage.

  3. Property: Acquiring and developing your site, negotiating the terms of the deal with developers or other project partners, and granting leases to those who live on the development.

Why use us?

  1. Experience: we have supported community-led housing groups for many years and over that time, have developed a deep understanding of the sector.

    Most of the lawyers at Wrigleys are themselves trustees or volunteers of community-led or charitable organisations, giving us first hand practical experience of many issues that they might be advising on. One of our team is also a board member of the UK Cohousing Network.

  2. Networks: this sector is built on sharing knowledge and flourishes through us learning from each other. We are always happy to connect community-led clients with each other (with consent, of course), and maintain good relationships with a variety of project managers, lenders, architects, representative bodies and others who support this sector.

    We also organise socials for community-led housing groups, helping people to get together informally and share experiences.

  3. Values: the way we aim to treat our clients and colleagues matter greatly to us. We have recently worked with our suppliers to become a Living Wage Employer, for example, and we have been fortunate in attracting nationally recognised specialists, who have chosen to leave more commercially-oriented larger firms for the more flexible and less profit-driven collegiate environment which Wrigleys seeks to provide.

We offer all new community-led housing groups a free initial meeting or telephone call, to help get you started. Please get in touch with our community-led housing team to arrange this.

You may find the following article helpful:

Related article by community-led housing solicitor Emma Ridge

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"Thank you for the guidance that you gave us during the initial stages of the process.  Face to face, on the telephone, in your literature and during the webinar you supported our efforts and we felt that we were in safe hands. Thank you."

- On the Brink - A cohousing group in Sheffield


"Malcolm Lynch - A dedicated charities lawyer who really knows the subject, and who also has a very charitable spirit - you need to be able to empathise, and Malcolm really can."

- Chambers & Partners


"Wrigleys - a reliable and efficient team that understands the charity sector and maintains a friendly and open approach".

- Chambers & Partners

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Malcolm Lynch

Direct Line: 0113 204 5724

Partner
Leeds

Elizabeth Wilson View Biography

Elizabeth Wilson

Direct Line: 0113 204 5721

Partner
Leeds

Emma Ridge View Biography

Emma Ridge

Direct Line: 0113 204 1118

Partner
Leeds

Peter Parker View Biography

Peter Parker

Direct Line: 0113 204 5792

Partner
Leeds

Laura Moss View Biography

Laura Moss

Direct Line: 0113 204 1145

Solicitor
Leeds

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