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Solicitors at Wrigleys have been advising on the legal, trust and tax aspects of employee ownership since 1987.

What is employee ownership?

Employee ownership is where employees directly or indirectly own a meaningful stake in the business in which they work.

Who is employee ownership for?

  • Succession - A genuine option for a founder, partner or investor of a business who is looking to retire or move on.
  • New enterprises - An exciting model for new businesses.
  • Growing businesses - Introducing employees as part owners to help attract, retain, grow and motivate committed staff.
  • Rescue - An option for employees faced with a closure of their employer through insolvency or otherwise.
  • Outsourcing of public services - The Government’s reorganisation of a growing list of public services can mean a challenging and uncertain time for public sector staff, but also the potential for employee empowerment though forming Public Service Mutuals.

Is employee ownership a new idea?

Definitely not! The origins are global and date back to the early 20th century. Our solicitors have been advising on employee share ownership since 1987.

The sector is huge, has political support and is expanding – the Employee Ownership Association estimates in 2013 that the combined annual turnover of businesses that have employee ownership is in excess of £30 billion and growing.

Is employee ownership complex?

Not necessarily. An employee owned company is basically the same as any other company. The difference is that the employees make up more of the shareholders.

Further details are available in the materials below, together with case studies showing the success that can be achieved.

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Employee Ownership

Malcolm Lynch View Biography

Malcolm Lynch


Thomas Wainman View Biography

Thomas Wainman


Meet the team

Emma Lowe View Biography

Emma Lowe

Trust Manager

Peter Parker View Biography

Peter Parker


Laura Moss View Biography

Laura Moss


Malcolm Lynch View Biography

Malcolm Lynch


Chris Billington View Biography

Chris Billington


Thomas Wainman View Biography

Thomas Wainman


Strong and stable: ignore the spin, the substance still matters

Strong and stable might no longer be a fashionable phrase, but that's exactly what good governance of academy trusts is all about.

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Modern slavery statements and the academy trust

With victims of modern slavery in England likely to number over 10,000, we consider supply chain transparency requirements for academy trusts.

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Community-led housing: Lancaster gathering

Interested in community-led housing? Join us on Saturday 4 November at the Friend's Meeting House in Lancaster.

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Annual Charity Governance Seminar 2017

Date: 19 Oct 2017

Venue: Hilton City Leeds

Speaker: Sarah Atkinson , Julia Unwin CBE

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Philanthropy Impact - The role of professional advisers, philanthropists...

Date: 07 Nov 2017


Speaker: Fran Hegyi, Executive Director, Hull UK City of Culture 2017; Andrew Dixon, Director, Culture Creativity Place, Bid adviser Leeds 2023; Other speakers TBC

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Schools Breakfast Club: Preparing for GDPR in Schools - 14th November

Date: 14 Nov 2017

Venue: Wrigleys Solicitors, 19 Cookridge Street, Leeds

Speaker: Ibrahim Hassan, solicitor and director of Act Now Training Limited

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