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Leeds: 0113 244 6100

Sheffield: 0114 267 5588

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Solicitors experienced in advising faith-based organisations

Our ecclesiastical practice has evolved from long experience advising in relation to land and property of the Church of England.

In addition to the property work of a diocesan board of finance, Wrigleys acts for parochial church councils and other church-related bodies in several Anglican dioceses. Our clients include cathedral bodies and the Sheffield Church Burgesses.

We also act for Catholic religious Orders and other faith groups.

Ecclesiastical Law Society

Elizabeth Wilson, Godfrey Smallman and several other assistant solicitors are members of the Society. Elizabeth Wilson was elected onto the Committee of the Society in March 2016.

Our ecclesiastical law areas of practice

Our advice in this area includes the following:

  • The sale and purchase of parsonages and glebe land;
  • Leasing of property by sequestrators during a vacancy;
  • The voluntary first registration of church property;
  • Acquisitions under the value linked loan scheme;
  • The development of church land;
  • Dealing with land the subject of ecclesiastical trusts;
  • Advowsons; and
  • Ecclesiastical law generally.

Our experience includes:

  • Forming the board of finance for the new Anglican diocese of Leeds;
  • Establishing a charitable subsidiary of a PCC to obtain grant funding for the refurbishment and development of a hall adjoining a listed church building so as to regenerate it for community use and afford disabled access and other facilities for the use of the church;
  • The sale of diocesan glebe subject to overage; and
  • Securing the future of a retreat centre by modest equity release.

For further information, please feel free to contact us.

Elizabeth Wilson View Biography

Elizabeth Wilson

Direct Line: 0113 204 5721

Partner
Leeds

Godfrey Smallman View Biography

Godfrey Smallman

Direct Line: 0114 267 5594

Consultant
Sheffield

Meet the team

12 Dec 2018

Enfranchisement reform - implications for community-led housing

We look at the impact of proposed changes to enfranchisement law – community-led housing (CLH) groups should respond before 7 January 2019.

30 Nov 2018

Will a refusal to offer a trial period make a redundancy dismissal unfair?

Yes, the refusal of a contractual right to a four week trial period in an alternative role is very likely to lead to an unfair dismissal (EAT).

30 Nov 2018

Can an employee be dismissed for incapability if their contract provides long-term disability benefits?

Incapability dismissal may be unfair and discriminatory if employee is contractually entitled to income when incapacitated by permanent disability.