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Wrigleys Solicitors have advised on over 600 academy projects

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.

Why choose Wrigleys Solicitors?

Our team of dedicated education solicitors can offer the following:

Conversion advice for 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

Experience

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

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Chris Billington

Direct Line: 0113 204 5734

Partner
Leeds

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Sue King

Direct Line: 0113 204 5708

Partner
Leeds

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Tim Wrigley

Direct Line: 0113 204 5743

Partner
Leeds

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30 Nov 2018

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

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