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Once schools have converted to academies our service doesn’t stop. We provide full legal support to academies to help with all day to day legal matters

If you are considering converting your school to an academy, then choosing the right solicitor to guide you through the conversion process is crucial.

Sixth Form Colleges

Following the Chancellor's announcement in the Autumn Statement regarding VAT exemptions for sixth-form colleges to convert to academies, we are dealing with several enquiries from schools and colleges to convert.

Please telephone us to chat through the options or arrange for one of our solicitors to visit your school or college.

Fixed fees

Although fees will vary depending on school size, Wrigleys will provide you with a fixed fee that will allow you to budget by knowing exactly what your legal fees will be to convert to academy status.

Comprehensive Support

As the academy's solicitor, Wrigleys will provide the following aspects of the academy conversion process:

  • Consultation and support from the initial stakeholder meetings through to conversion
  • Establishing the Academy Trust as a new company at Companies House
  • Advising on the Funding Agreements and liaising with the Department For Education
  • The TUPE transfer and any other employment and HR requirements
  • Advice on Pension schemes
  • Transferring all land used by the school to the Trust
  • Leasing land back to the Local Authority where appropriate
  • Transferring, renewing and procuring new contracts
  • Advice and support on Academy Governance issues


Since advising on one of the first academy conversions under the Academies Act 2010, Wrigleys has long standing experience with many schools. Here are some further details to demonstrate our experience:

  • Advised on over 600 academy projects.
  • Conversions across more than 25 different local authorities, many of which have been assisted through their first conversion.
  • One of the first firms to advise on the establishment of trust schools.
  • Fixed prices for academy conversions.

Our experience covers the full range of school structures in the sector:

  • Community, foundation, voluntary and trust schools.
  • Single & multi academy model conversions.
  • Chains, federations, umbrella trusts.
  • Academy mergers.
  • Sixth Form Colleges.
  • Free schools (including independent school conversion).
  • PFI, PSBP & BSF.


"We met with several firms of solicitors to assist us through the conversion process. They tended to be your ‘typical lawyers’ and then Lizzie and Emma came in from Wrigleys and it was refreshing to listen to people talking common sense and with the experience to back it up."

- Chair of Governors for the HBH Academy Trust

Conversion Services

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Chris Billington


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Elizabeth Wilson


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Natalie Johnson


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Tim Wrigley


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Alexandra Slater


Moving closer towards 21st century pensions trusteeship

The Pensions Regulator is proposing clarity on its powers to impose financial penalties on trustees. The outcome may mean an increase in fines.

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Professional Trustees - a chimera of the pensions world?

The Pensions Regulator consults on a definition of 'professional trustee' as we face an increasing drive towards '21st century trusteeship'.

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Charity trustees criticised for selling property too cheaply

Charity Commission finds ‘basic and serious mismanagement’ by the trustees in selling land for £15m less than it was worth.

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Charity Tax Group Regional Meeting

Date: 04 May 2017

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, The Light, Leeds

Speaker: CTG’s Chairman and Technical Adviser

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Through the Maze - June 2017

Date: 06 Jun 2017

Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton, Leeds

Speaker: Various

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Employment Law Update for Charities 2017

Date: 15 Jun 2017

Venue: Hilton Leeds City

Speaker: Guest Speaker: David D'Souza, CIPD, Head of London

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