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Leeds: 0113 244 6100

Sheffield: 0114 267 5588


Legal Expertise for your School or Academy

Wrigleys has advised on over 600 academy projects for both primary and secondary schools across all school categories. We act for numerous multi academy trusts including some of the most high profile and many who are growing.

Unlike many law firms we work with MATs in establishing their offering, ways of working and unique approach to leading school governance and school improvement. We do not merely do a conversion project and then disappear.

We also advise free schools, foundation schools, trust schools, faith schools, and teaching school alliances.

Our expert services include the following:

Academy conversions

  • Single & multi academy trusts.
  • Trust schools and foundation schools.
  • PFI, PSBP & BSF.
  • Church schools & faith schools.
  • Free schools.
  • Fixed prices to ensure you have budget certainty.

Academy transfers

  • Sponsored and voluntary transfers.
  • Fixed prices and discounts for multiple transfers.

Legal Support

  • Employment law & HR.
  • Academy governance.
  • School improvement SLAs.
  • Contracts / SLAs and procurement rules.
  • Land & buildings.
  • Collaborations.
  • Charity law.
  • Company law.
  • Pensions law.

School Expansion Advice

  • Collaborations & partnerships.
  • Trading companies.
  • Teaching Schools.
  • Academy Trust to Academy Trust transfers.
  • Expansion projects, change of category, acquisition of a trust and other prescribed changes.

Tailored Training

  • Breakfast and twilight sessions for governors & staff.
  • Regular events covering education, governance, regulatory, HR and commercial issues.


The team at Wrigleys ensured that the academy conversions and MAT set up were completed efficiently and precisely. Their knowledge of this area of education and their ability to clarify the requirements of conversion and more are excellent. They have a depth of experience that provides school leaders, including governors, with the confidence to know that they are in safe hands.

Wrigleys have been a great support through conversion and MAT set up. They are always available to offer direction and guidance and, if needed, working beyond their remit without hesitation to make sure that education institutions are getting the highest quality and best value.

Andrew Shaw, Executive Principal and CEO The Talentum Learning Trust, Staffordshire


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Chris Billington

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Sue King

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Tim Wrigley

Direct Line: 0113 204 5743


Meet the team

22 Oct 2018

Should employees have more time to bring sexual harassment claims?

Your chance to have a say on the Law Commission's consultation paper, and other questions about the way employment tribunals work

19 Oct 2018

Wrigleys recruits into its specialist teams this autumn 2018

Wrigleys Solicitors are pleased to welcome Hannah Allen, James Haikney and Kimberley Woodhead to its Leeds office.

17 Oct 2018

How binding are the written obligations in community-led housing leases?

We look at the impact of community-led housing group's policies on the covenants in its leases - the written obligations between landlord and tenant.