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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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Securing the future of a retreat centre by modest equity release.

 

Ecclesiastical Property

Elizabeth Wilson View Biography

Elizabeth Wilson

Partner
Leeds

Meet the team

Elizabeth Wilson View Biography

Elizabeth Wilson

Partner
Leeds

Godfrey Smallman View Biography

Godfrey Smallman

Consultant
Sheffield

Tim Wrigley View Biography

Tim Wrigley

Partner
Leeds

Natalie Johnson View Biography

Natalie Johnson

Solicitor
Leeds

Janice Carey View Biography

Janice Carey

Chartered Legal Executive
Leeds

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Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, The Light, Leeds

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Date: 15 Jun 2017

Venue: Hilton Leeds City

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