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December 2018

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

November 2018

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).

November 2018

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

November 2018

This article explores the new proposed fees for obtaining a Grant of Probate in England and Wales announced by the Government this month.

November 2018

If you are a partner of a farming partnership business, it is worth having a written agreement containing the terms of the partnership.

November 2018

Employment tribunal was right to take a "realistic and worldly-wise" approach as written contract did not reflect the reality of the arrangement

November 2018

Court of Appeal holds purser paid 50% of full-time pay when available for work for more than 50% of full-time hours was less favourably treated.

November 2018

We highlight the statutory rights benefitting telecoms operators and how these could affect plans to carry out works to school property.

October 2018

Court of Appeal holds two directors of a company personally liable for dismissal-related losses.

October 2018

A recent Court of Appeal decision highlights the risk that data controllers will be found liable for damages due to a data breach of a rogue employee

October 2018

An in-depth look into the recent case of the Supreme Court overturning a decision made by the Court of Appeal of Northern Ireland.

October 2018

The sector is under fire again. What is being done and what can you do?

October 2018

When is an employer liable for an employee's actions?

October 2018

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

October 2018

The first of a new series of articles examining the key concepts in community-led housing.

October 2018

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

October 2018

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.

October 2018

The disqualification by association rules no longer apply to those working in schools and nurseries.

October 2018

We take a look here at what was new in the key policy announcements made by Damian Hinds in his speech to the Conservative Party Conference.

October 2018

We take a look here at what we can learn from the speech by the Shadow Education Secretary, Angela Rayner, to the Labour Party Conference.

September 2018

We look at an example of utilising school land and property, and how the school and academy trust should act.

September 2018

HMRC has further updated its guidance on compliance with the legislation of the registration of trusts which had tax liability.

September 2018

Set out below is a suggested budget representation on the impact of SDLT and ATED on co-operative societies.

September 2018

The recent Social Housing Green Paper "a new deal for social housing" has some interesting points to note in relation to community led housing.

September 2018

Disabled children with a tendency to abuse others physically should not fall outside the protection of discrimination legislation

September 2018

Wrigleys looks at the ways that electric vehicles could benefit estates and rural landowners.

August 2018

The firm has once again achieved Band 1 ranking (regional guide) and are delighted to be recognised as a Band 1 National Leader (outside London).

July 2018

The recent case of Taulbut v Davey is the latest example of a homemade Will causing confusion, frustration, and fallout.

July 2018

The community-led housing sector received welcome news this July, the fund provides grant funding for community groups in early stage of development.

July 2018

From the 1 August 2018, important changes are being made to the automatic disqualification rules for charity trustees.

July 2018

This article considers the risks of allowing japanese knotweed to spread on your land and the steps which a landowner can take.

July 2018

What circumstances mean an academy trust may need to set up a subsidiary company to carry out trading activity, in order to comply with charity law?

July 2018

We take a look at the evidence provided to the House of Commons Education Select Committee on 'Educating The North'

June 2018

Paying holiday pay at the rate of 12.07% of pay may not always comply with contractual or statutory entitlements.

June 2018

There are many reasons a property might be left unoccupied, but this poses additional risks and requirements for insurance.

June 2018

What do charities need to consider to demonstrate responsible management?

June 2018

Date: Wednesday 4 July 09:15 – 16:45 Venue: The Stoller Hall, Manchester, M3 1DA

June 2018

The review of Inheritance Tax by the Office of Tax Simplification.

June 2018

Wrigleys are pleased to announce 4 promotions in the firm's Leeds office.

June 2018

Preventing the creation of new public rights of way and town and village greens.

June 2018

The first stage of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard came into force in April 2018, affecting schools that act as landlords for their properties.

May 2018

In this article, we look briefly at the role of the clerk, and what resources are available to schools to make sure that their clerk is supported.

May 2018

New statutory guidance on "Keeping Children Safe in Education" is expected to be in place for 3 September 2018.

May 2018

ACAS has published new guidance to assist employers in preventing workplace discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.

May 2018

Our newest Private Client Solicitors, Aurea Kevill and Richard Whittaker, talk Wrigleys, relocation from London and Yorkshire Wolds Way

May 2018

A dispute between a 74 year old farmer and the Church of England has highlighted the benefits of voluntarily registering land at the Land Registry.

May 2018

What are the possible pros and cons of using the new process to convert your charitable company to a CIO?

May 2018

Commonhold was trumpeted as a new system of landholding when it was introduced about 15 years ago but is being looked at again now.

May 2018

Wrigleys is delighted to have Graham Shaw join the team of education specialists.

May 2018

Recently, gaps in insurance meant injuries by a carer might not be covered. Wrigleys have now solved this issue and offer direct employment packages.

April 2018

Senior staff may have an implied contractual duty to disclose relationships with sex offenders to assist the governors in their safeguarding duties

April 2018

In this article, we look at the innovative solutions which community-led housing offers for young people having difficulties securing their own home.

April 2018

Wrigleys are now using Mondaq to distribute their articles from the website to a wider audience. Rediscover the wide range of topics we advise on!

March 2018

The changes provide more flexibility to rural communities as to how they use existing buildings to deliver much needed homes and help farms modernise.

March 2018

HMRC has now updated its guidance on penalties for failure to comply with the legislation of the registration of trusts which had tax liability.

March 2018

Tribunal criticises academy trust for imposing behaviour policy at the expense of a disabled pupil's education

March 2018

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, Michael King, has stated that 80% of the EHC plan complaints received by his office have been upheld

March 2018

Published by ARK Group £345.00 Review by Caroline Bielanska, TEP, Solicitor, Independent Consultant, trainer and author

February 2018

What could this mean for co-housing & community-led housing?

February 2018

In this article we look at what action can be taken to specifically safeguard against forgery of documents relating to ownership of your property.

February 2018

There has been a lot in the news about the appointment of a liquidator for Carillion and what this could mean for existing contracts with schools.

February 2018

Our book launch saw solicitor and author Austin Thornton introduce his book; Paying For Residential Care: A Guide For Private Client Practitioners

February 2018

This article sets out a summary of the community rights and powers introduced by the Localism Act 2011 and how they can be used by community groups.

February 2018

A summary of some of the more interesting and important employment cases concerning schools over the last 12 months.

January 2018

We consider the potential TUPE risks for a Multi Academy Trust which takes day to day control of a school before the transfer date.

January 2018

This article discusses the importance of a strong governing board, to act as a check and a balance on executive decision making.

January 2018

We look at the impact on co-housing & community-led housing

December 2017

Austin Thornton discusses regulation and risk management in the direct employment of care staff focussing on CQC registration and insurance problems.

November 2017

As from April 2018 the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) could prevent landlords from letting properties with low EPC ratings.

November 2017

Statutory rights enjoyed by electronic communications operators are set to change.

November 2017

The Pension Regulator sets out its revised description of a 'professional trustee.

November 2017

What do schools need to look out for and do differently to other organisations?

November 2017

Could your school be contravening the Equality Act 2010 by not admitting a transgender pupil?

October 2017

Many academy trusts raise additional funds to supplement government funding. This article covers points to consider when looking at income generation.

October 2017

Court of Appeal holds that girls and boys in an Islamic state school are discriminated against by being segregated throughout the school day.

October 2017

The implementation date of 25 May 2018 for the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) is fast approaching.

October 2017

Strong and stable might no longer be a fashionable phrase, but that's exactly what good governance of academy trusts is all about.

October 2017

With victims of modern slavery in England likely to number over 10,000, we consider supply chain transparency requirements for academy trusts.

October 2017

Interested in community-led housing? Join us on Saturday 4 November at the Friend's Meeting House in Lancaster.

October 2017

Wrigleys team up with data protection expert to provide practical training for schools

October 2017

When the chalk-face meets the thin blue line: handling police involvement with school staff.

September 2017

In this article, we look at who the members of an academy trust are, what they do, and what they should consider when making decisions.

September 2017

Can schools decide what pupils can eat while at school?

September 2017

We look at the recent movement in schools towards gender neutral school uniforms and the legal duties of schools in relation to uniform policies.

September 2017

A reminder of the issues that can arise with school accommodation and how to deal with them.

September 2017

At 484 pages, it is quite a read, so we have summarised some of the key points below.

September 2017

There are a number of community-led housing events on the horizon, which demonstrates the growing interest in this sector.

September 2017

New term, new AFH. Tim Wrigley looks at the latest edition.

September 2017

Efficiency or a nail in the coffin of autonomy?

September 2017

Is this Memorandum of Understanding a sign of serious action to come?

September 2017

Family business adviser Thomas Wainman is celebrating his place on the definitive annual list of young private client practitioners across the UK.

August 2017

Wrigleys Solicitors are pleased to welcome Neil Whitaker, Donna Radcliffe and Katie Derry to its Leeds office.

August 2017

We summarise proposed changes to the law on Wills (designed to encourage more people to make Wills) and the implications for lawyers and clients.

August 2017

Thomas Wainman considers 'employee ownership' as an option for family businesses plus the usual mix of news, insights and perspectives.

July 2017

We have compiled a list of grants, loans and other finance options for community-led housing and co-housing groups.

July 2017

CBSs are as popular as ever, so this article explores the background and benefits to using a society to deliver your organisation's purposes.

July 2017

Practical examples of societies we have recently registered, to give an idea of the range of projects which societies can be used for.

July 2017

An exemption which allowed pension schemes to award smaller pensions to civil partners and same-sex spouses found to be incompatible with EU law.

July 2017

Wrigleys has been involved in this interesting proposal to re-use an unloved NHS office building for a co-housing scheme.

July 2017

Wrigleys has been involved in this ground-breaking scheme to ensure perpetually affordable accommodation for individuals meeting certain criteria.

July 2017

The HMRC Trust Registration Service has now been launched and will require all trusts with UK tax liabilities to be registered.

July 2017

The community-led housing team are hosting an informal get-together in London on Friday 28 July for community-led housing groups.

July 2017

We summarise the elements of GDPR that are specific for schools and academies. We highlight what is important to be aware of and what to prepare for.

June 2017

Can independent schools keep their school fee salary sacrifice schemes in place?

June 2017

We are often asked is how to make housing affordable in perpetuity. There is no easy answer, though this article explores a possible solution.

June 2017

Did you know that landlords (incl community housing landlords) are obliged to consult with tenants under 'long term tenancy agreements'?

June 2017

A reminder of when academies need ESFA consent.

June 2017

Unfair hidden ground rent costs on new builds has hit the press recently. We consider the effect on community-led housing groups using leaseholds.

June 2017

Data protection is changing significantly from 25 May 2018. We explore the changes to the law and suggest our 'Top 6 Actions for Pension Trustees'.

June 2017

Wrigleys are pleased to announce 4 promotions in the firm's Leeds office.

May 2017

Case underlines TUPE rule on “principal purpose” of an “organised grouping of employees”.

May 2017

Why family businesses should consider employee ownership when succession planning.

May 2017

We consider why some solicitors have chosen not to advise their clients on the Residence Nil-Rate Band tax saving opportunity.

May 2017

The Conservative party manifesto includes a proposal to raise the limit for means testing of capital to £100,000. Wrigleys consider the implications.

May 2017

The Conservative party manifesto includes a proposal to raise the limit for means testing of capital to £100,000. Wrigleys consider the implications.

May 2017

Was a job applicant with Asperger's Syndrome discriminated against by being required to sit a psychometric test? Yes, held the EAT

May 2017

DWP is consulting on draft amending regulations which would introduce a mechanism for deferring employer debts in multi-employer pension schemes.

May 2017

This glossary is intended to help those new to the community-led housing sector understand some of the terminology which crops up from time to time.

May 2017

The #LeedsBigLunch will be taking place in Victoria Gardens, Leeds (opposite the art gallery and library) between 12pm and 2pm on Friday 26th May 2017

May 2017

A quick recap of the key rules relating to political activity by charities, in the run up to the 2017 election.

April 2017

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

April 2017

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

April 2017

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

April 2017

The latest family business news, insights, perspectives and more besides.

April 2017

Members of community led housing groups could find themselves having to meet SDLT liabilities earlier than expected.

April 2017

Community-led housing & other organisations welcome a common sense decision that business rates may not be payable during significant building works.

April 2017

An update on the Government's 5 year £60 million pa fund to support community-led housing.

April 2017

Local Planning Authorities ('LPAs') will be obliged to prepare, maintain & publish registers of brownfield land suitable for residential development.

March 2017

The Supreme Court has ruled that an unmarried cohabiting partner should receive a survivor's pension under the Local Government Pension Scheme.

March 2017

With Brexit talk particularly in banking, of moving staff, employers need to realise that relocating employees is not straightforward legally

March 2017

The Supreme Court has today handed down their judgment in the case Ilott v The Blue Cross and Others (previous incarnations known as Ilott v Mitson)

March 2017

The latest family business news, insights, perspectives and more besides.

March 2017

Groups can help to secure this funding through eligible local authorities. Find out how your group may benefit from this fund.

February 2017

The new ‘Residence Nil Rate Band’ aims to put more family homes beyond the reach of inheritance tax.

February 2017

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed its plans to substantially increase probate fees from £155 to a maximum of £20,000.

February 2017

A comprehensive report by Age UK adding to the debate about the long term viability of funding for the care of older people.

February 2017

A recent legal ruling on TUPE service provision changes to decide whether activities carried out afterwards are “fundamentally the same” as before.

February 2017

The latest family business news, insights, perspectives and more besides.

February 2017

Draft regulations bring relief to maintained schools with less than 250 employees.

February 2017

Scenario: A case study of how a school encountered problems when ramping up its fundraising activities and guidance on how you can keep to the rules.

February 2017

In her article for the changesu.org blog, Laura Moss looks at the advantages and disadvantages for students' unions of incorporation.

February 2017

A new Government White Paper may ease planning for community-led housing and support some rural projects and CLTs

February 2017

What can academies do with cash they don't immediately need?

February 2017

From 6 April 2017, many schools will be required to pay the new Apprenticeship Levy. We recommend 4 practical steps to take now.

February 2017

Yes, maybe. Schools should be aware that an unclear COT3 settlement agreement could allow an employee to bring future employment tribunal claims.

February 2017

Radio 4's Today programme has a series highlighting the crises in health & social care by reference to the personal experiences of family and carers.

February 2017

A reminder to schools & charities following an inquiry that found a charity had permitted its website and social media to promote terrorist causes.

February 2017

A day of recognition for family businesses; the backbone of the Yorkshire economy and so often the bedrock of their communities.

February 2017

Amy Youngman considers what happens to joint accounts after someone loses mental capacity or dies

February 2017

A roundtable discussion amongst private client experts from Florida, Texas and New York - plus the European jurisdictions of the UK, Portugal & Malta.

January 2017

From April 2017, new regulations set a target number of apprenticeship starts for public sector employers of 2.3% of their total workforce.

January 2017

An article for community led housing groups featuring a link to HMRC's SDLT calculator and a summary of potential traps

January 2017

Solicitor Stuart Armstrong of SV Armstrong has developed a Health & Safety Leadership Checklist as an introduction for those managing academies.

January 2017

Parental concern about asbestos in schools is resulting in greater numbers of FOI requests and so it is vital for academies and MATs to be prepared.

December 2016

In a report relevant for academies and maintained schools, an ICO investigation concluded that charities had breached the Data Protection Act.

December 2016

The Court of Appeal confirms the status of almshouse residents

December 2016

Spreadsheet released illustrating the impact of the proposed formula on your individual schools

December 2016

7 simple tips for trustees

December 2016

Local authorities now have a statutory duty to meet local demand for self build and custom build. Groups should register for land in their area.

December 2016

In the recent case of ALNO (UK) Ltd v Turner the EAT stressed the need to apply the “multi-factorial” test established in an earlier TUPE case

December 2016

Q. What do Charity Commission powers, social investment and fundraising have in common? A. They all feature in the Charities Act 2016

December 2016

High Court rules draft Ofsted report was wrong to label segregation of girls and boys discriminatory.

November 2016

Notwithstanding double-recovery, the Council wasn't entitled to refuse to provide after-care services when an applicant was in receipt of a PI award.

October 2016

London based businesses face sharp rises in rates from April 2017, but businesses in the Midlands and North may benefit.

October 2016

Age UK study highlights how cost pressures on care homes arising from the funding crises in social care adversely impacts on self funding residents.

October 2016

Tim Wrigley considers the future for schools MATs and governing bodies.

October 2016

Nominal sums are often paid to niche companies who hold hundreds of rentcharges. This case warns buyers about property subject to rentcharges.

October 2016

We consider a joint study by The Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust on the impact of spending cuts on elder care.

October 2016

John McMullen shares his thoughts on TUPE & Brexit

October 2016

Thomas Wainman and Oliver Hallam have been awarded the 'STEP Advanced Certificates in Family Business Advising' after passing with distinctions.

September 2016

Lifetime gifts to family members is common in tax planning. This case study explains how gifts can be made by relatives who have lost mental capacity.

September 2016

Actions required for ALL schools following key changes to statutory safeguarding guidance from September 2016.

September 2016

Adam Carruthers writes for Family Business United about what family businesses with Defined Benefit pension schemes can learn from BHS.

September 2016

Three graduates start training contracts in the firm's Leeds and Sheffield offices.

September 2016

With great power, comes great responsibility. How true is this for governance of academies and schools?

September 2016

Congratulations to Charlotte Dyson for her place on the definitive annual list of young private client practitioners across the UK.

September 2016

Reminders and good practice tips for securing value for money both at procurement and during the life of major contracts.

September 2016

The EAT holds that TUPE service provision changes only apply to a grouping of employees providing services immediately before the transfer.

August 2016

Wrigleys Solicitors are pleased to welcome Duncan Milwain, Lucy O'Reilly and Kasim Ahmed to its Leeds office.

August 2016

Employers who use the £30,000 tax exemption on termination payments are invited to consult on the proposed reforms.

August 2016

Schools that have salary sacrifice schemes as a benefit for staff paying school fees can take part in the government consultation on proposed reforms.

August 2016

Guidance to schools on balancing community relationships when expansion and development is opposed.

August 2016

Many schools will need to be ready for the new rules on reporting pay statistics for men and women from as early as April 2017.

July 2016

A reminder about the legal restrictions there are on what you can do with an academy's land and buildings.

July 2016

A super day for the second Tour de Wrigleys cycle ride in aid of the Spinal Injuries Association

July 2016

What you need to know about leaving money to a person with a disability and how very simple arrangements can make a huge financial difference.

July 2016

Academy trusts are companies and as such are subject to statutory reporting obligations under the Companies Acts.

July 2016

TUPE transferee obligations can apply where a service changing hands is divided among multiple providers on functional lines, explains John McMullen

July 2016

We look at the movement in schools towards non gender specific policies and procedures.

July 2016

By pretending to be you, fraudsters can try to sell or mortgage your property. We consider what you can do to protect yourself.

July 2016

This guide provides up to date care and support advice and information for people in Sheffield

July 2016

Guidance from DfE updated on 1 July for employers, governing bodies, school leaders and staff in maintained schools and academies.

June 2016

The RCGP has made autistic spectrum disorders a clinical priority for the years 2014 to 2017.

June 2016

Click to download a talk that considers the scheme for making NHS Continuing Care eligibility decision in Wales

June 2016

LGO finds maladministration against Solihull Council for not following Fairer Charging Policy

June 2016

To obtain important tax reliefs for IHT and CGT on rural land, it is often essential to be treated as a trading farmer, rather than as a landlord.

June 2016

Not necessarily, said the Scottish Court of Session (Inner House).

May 2016

Is it possible to register new rights of common over land already registered as common land? "No" says Court of Appeal

May 2016

The Health & Social Care Information Centre has published statistics on Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) written complaints

May 2016

A brief look at recent charity law and company law developments which are of relevance to independent schools.

May 2016

Despite the change of Government policy, we consider the reasons why it is likely that academisation will continue to accelerate.

May 2016

Wrigleys is pleased to announce 3 promotions in its private client and charity property teams.

May 2016

A new study shows that there was a 20% drop in the incidence of dementia in the study group, driven by a reduction in men across all ages above 65

April 2016

In this article, we consider the wider implications of sexting on children, teachers and parents.

April 2016

Age UK have produced an online map of the risk of loneliness in England for people aged 65+

April 2016

Practice guidance published for Social Workers on ABI

April 2016

Wrigleys feature in eprivateclient's Top 5 Boutique Law Firms list for the first time.

April 2016

Wrigleys Solicitors are pleased to welcome Maria Graylen and Caroline Hawcroft who have recently joined the firm's Rural Property team.

April 2016

In a report published on 7th April 2016, The Kings Fund has identified 3 major challenges for the NHS:

April 2016

The new regime came into force on 6 April 2016. Download our free briefing note for guidance.

April 2016

Community groups may end up paying a higher rate of stamp duty when buying a residential property.

April 2016

The Department of Health has produced an amended version of the Care Act Statutory guidance.

April 2016

What do bursars need to know about the taxation of payments to employees on the termination of their employment?

April 2016

When might a member of school staff be making a disclosure in the public interest and so be protected under employment legislation?

April 2016

What are the key factors leading to the increased cost of employing school staff?

April 2016

What should be considered before dismissing school staff who have been employed for less than two years?

April 2016

What are the likely effects of a Brexit on those UK employment laws of most relevance to the independent school sector?

April 2016

Since 1 July 2015 independent schools have been grappling with 'Prevent'. How should your school be fulfilling its Prevent duty?

April 2016

How will the new rules on reporting pay statistics for men and women affect larger independent schools?

March 2016

Handling negative comments, complaints and criticisms about the school or staff made on social media can be a minefield for the leadership team.

March 2016

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that an employer was "vicariously liable" for the actions of its employee in an unprovoked attack on a customer.

March 2016

Recent reports have highlighted the difficulties schools face when parents become involved in these disputes.

March 2016

Public Health England and the UK Health Forum have published a joint statement on reducing risks for dementia in the population.

March 2016

New guidance for health and social services on improving their support for disabled young people approaching adulthood

March 2016

Report highlights how adults on the autistic spectrum (including people with Asperger's Syndrome), are more likely than others to suffer early death

March 2016

An employer who reasonably believed that an employee was lying about his symptoms was entitled to find gross misconduct.

March 2016

But local authorities say that central government must pay

March 2016

Sylvie Nunn and Laura Moss weigh up the legal and practical considerations.

March 2016

The recent employment tribunal case of ICTS UK Ltd v Mahdi shows there is uncertainty about TUPE and short-term contracts.

March 2016

On April 6th 2016 Wales will implement its own comprehensive legislation in social care.

March 2016

New guidance for health and social services on improving their support for disabled young people approaching adulthood.

March 2016

Commons Public Accounts Committee says evidence shows long term neurological conditions are not a priority for Department of Health and NHS England

February 2016

A recent Employment Tribunal case highlights the need for schools to be aware of the possible duty to make reasonable adjustments for dyslexic staff.

February 2016

Social care funding problems will worsen without additional help says Local Government Association

February 2016

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulates standards in care homes in England.

February 2016

Is an express power to lay off subject to an implied term of reasonableness? No, held the EAT

February 2016

Following a meeting with the DfE this week, we confirm a short update for Sixth Form Colleges.

February 2016

Schools hold large amounts of personal data relating to pupils and staff, which makes them particularly vulnerable to data breaches through hacking.

February 2016

A recent ruling by the European Court of Justice provides a classic example for HR practitioners of what constitutes a TUPE business transfer.

February 2016

A recent ruling in the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) gives clarity about when an employee is “assigned” to an employer before a TUPE transfer.

February 2016

The DfE issued new guidance seeking to clarify who legally constitutes a parent, their rights, and the school's responsibilities towards individuals.

February 2016

All academies must have a complaints procedure in place. This article summarises the guidance available.

January 2016

Respond to the consultation on changes to SDLT before 1 February 2016.

January 2016

On conversion, local authorities often provide schools with their asbestos reports. Unfortunately these reports are sometimes inaccurate.

January 2016

A recent case resulted in a £2 million fine to the landowner following the death of a boy critically injured whilst trespassing.

January 2016

As a charity, occupying and using school premises for school purposes, academies are entitled to an 80% reduction in their business rates.

January 2016

HMRC has now opened a consultation as to how this SDLT rise would operate. Although open to change, this article summarises the initial proposal.

January 2016

Did an education trust discriminate against a teacher on the ground of age by replacing her with a less experienced teacher? 'No' ruled the EAT

December 2015

The Bill has now been through the detailed amendments process in Parliament and is now unlikely to change significantly before it becomes law.

December 2015

The 2015 autumn statement announced a rise in the rate of Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) for the purchase of additional homes and buy to let properties.

December 2015

From 1 February 2016, all private residential landlords will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK.

November 2015

Guidance for agricultural landowners on NEW rules effective from October 2015 and a reminder of the rules relating to agricultural workers.

November 2015

In the 2015 Autumn Statement it was announced that following a consultation on the use of Deeds of Variation, no changes are to be made.

November 2015

Landowners should take note. The Bill is not intended to introduce new law but there is a new offence that landowners should be aware of.

November 2015

An alarming new report reveals the number of people who leave major decisions about housing, assets and care to chance.

November 2015

This article considers the options for holding shares in an EO company and considers the pros and cons for both 'direct' and 'indirect' ownership.

November 2015

Practical tips for residential landlords following the introduction of extra protection for tenants.

October 2015

Amendments to the Finance Bill introduced this week will mean the end of certain tax reliefs available on investments in community energy projects.

October 2015

We analyse the Bill's progress through the House of Lords and considers the prospects of some interesting changes.

October 2015

We look at academy disclosure requirements - an area where some academies unwittingly fall short, particularly in relation to information on websites

October 2015

Exploring the lawfulness of schools demanding financial contributions from parents

October 2015

DfE has added to its academy funding agreements to make provision for coasting.

October 2015

Wrigleys Court of Protection team are celebrating an entry in the prestigious legal industry rankings in the first year of applying.

September 2015

The annual reissue of the Academies Financial Handbook, effective from 1 September, continues the steady flow of additional requirements for academies

September 2015

Wrigleys discovers a talented artist amongst its team in Ahmed Said, an accomplished specialist in Tingatinga style painting

September 2015

Two recent changes relating to the treatment of holiday pay are important for schools and academies to note.

September 2015

Wrigleys celebrates another successful year for its trainee recruitment process, and welcomes Trusts and Estates specialist solicitor Kieran McIvor.

September 2015

Natalie Johnson considers how the CC's role has evolved during the era of austerity.

September 2015

The latest in a line of cases causing problems for fully mutual housing associations and cooperatives. Emma Ridge gives guidance on the issue.

July 2015

This case made headlines after a daughter successfully challenged being excluded from her mother's Will. We analyse the implications for testators.

July 2015

In an unexpected announcement in the 2015 Budget, a valuable tax relief available for private landlords has been severely restricted.

July 2015

A group of our staff cycled 40 miles across the Yorkshire hills, between the Sheffield and Leeds offices to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

July 2015

We now have some further detail on what a 'coasting' school may look like.

July 2015

The new Ofsted Common Inspection Framework comes into effect in September.

July 2015

A reminder to academy schools of some of the key requirements and available resources.

July 2015

FAQs on how the widely anticipated changes to the Inheritance Tax nil rate band will operate.

July 2015

Download a free guide for landlords on how to stay within the law when charging tenants a service charge.

June 2015

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act arrived with little fanfare but there are points to note for the company secretary.

June 2015

Trustees are reminded that guidance on governance is available from a number of sources.

June 2015

A FAQ guide to how the Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies to academies

June 2015

Are you caught by the new duty to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism?

June 2015

A court has given landlords extra work to do by requiring deposits to be re-registered when a tenant remains in a property after an initial tenancy.

June 2015

What does it mean for schools and academies?

June 2015

Wrigleys are proud to join the Office of the Public Guardian's new panel of Deputies.

June 2015

Wrigleys were delighted to have the opportunity to contribute an essay to this report commissioned by ActionAid and New Philanthropy Capital (NPC)

June 2015

Are you caught by the new duty to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism?

June 2015

Can the Court of Protection only choose from the available options for a person who lacks capacity when making a best interests decision? Yes says CA

May 2015

Following the introduction of new pension flexibilities in 2015, this update considers the issues & priorities for defined benefit & hybrid schemes.

May 2015

If you have been lucky enough to receive Condition Improvement Funding or other funding for building works, here are a few things to think about.

May 2015

Friday will see thousands of people across the globe spend a working day volunteering for good causes in their local community

May 2015

Wrigleys welcomes the arrival of Laura Moss to its charity team and Alexandra Hempsey to its commercial property and education property teams.

April 2015

Wrigleys have supported the Dementia Action Alliance to produce a free booklet to help those living with dementia & their families.

April 2015

Albany Pumps, an international business based in Gloucestershire and with a site in Yorkshire is celebrating becoming employee owned.

April 2015

Wrigleys have been recognised as one of the Top 25 Private Client Law Firms in the UK.

April 2015

David French discusses the link between the BBC's Poldark and buying property in the South West.

April 2015

A short roundup for schools on legal developments that you may have missed over the Spring term.

April 2015

In a recent case, the High Court ruled that a post-nuptial agreement signed by a wife at the request of her husband was binding.

March 2015

Couples moving in together can benefit from cohabitation agreements

March 2015

Consultations on how to simplify trust taxation abruptly ended after a shock announcement from HMRC in June 2014.

March 2015

As we now have some certainty on how trusts will be taxed, a new approach to structuring Wills can be applied.

March 2015

The Chancellor's Budget announced a review of Deeds of Variation – is tax avoidance his motive or does he simply want to embarrass the opposition?

March 2015

Dementia Friends Champions Charlotte Buckley and Amy Slinn have held Friends' information sessions for 96 people at Wrigleys...and counting!

February 2015

The UK Cohousing Network invited Wrigleys to deliver a webinar for groups interested in Co-housing.

February 2015

In the advisory community there has been concern in relation to HMRC's new DOTAS (disclosure of tax avoidance schemes) proposals.

January 2015

A landowner was fined £20,000 by a court after the Health & Safety Executive investigated circumstances leading to a delivery driver's death.

December 2014

Currently, many lump sum death benefits payments from a pension scheme will attract a tax rate of 55%. This will change from April 2015.

December 2014

Appointing the right trustees is crucial for families to protect the trust beneficiaries and maximise the benefits to them.

December 2014

Important rules come into force on 30 April 2015 for landlords of multi-let buildings with centralised heating, cooling or hot water systems.

December 2014

The DfE has recently published new model funding agreements for both single and multi academy mainstream academies and free schools.

November 2014

As the budget changes trickle through parliament, it is worth another look at the changes plus a reminder of the consequences for DB schemes too.

November 2014

A short round up for schools on the legal developments at mid term.

October 2014

We are delighted to share the news that Matthew Wrigley received the Presidents' Award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards.

October 2014

The BMA Patient Information Special Award for Mental Capacity Resource went to a Headway advice booklet co-written by Wrigleys solicitor Ian Potter.

October 2014

This article looks how charities can help in the battle against climate change by "divesting" from fossil fuel companies.

October 2014

The intestacy rules apply to estates of people who have died without a Will. We summarise the main changes in the law in force from 1 October 2014.

October 2014

The Independent, The Telegraph and The Daily Mail reported last month that "savers could be forced to pay inheritance tax while they are still alive".

October 2014

There have recently been changes to the intestacy laws in England & Wales.

September 2014

Here is a short guide to finding some key information on the new government website.

September 2014

Review of a recent European Court case concerning the rights of employees in employers' shared services arrangements.

September 2014

A short roundup for schools on legal developments that you may have missed over the summer.

September 2014

Wrigleys is supporting Remember a Charity in Your Will Week 2014 by giving away Remember a Charity chocolates in our reception throughout the week.

September 2014

Yes – says the High Court in the case of Camurat v Thurrock Borough Council (July 2014)

September 2014

Wrigleys are delighted to be added to the NAT's specialist solicitor list.

September 2014

Should an attorney pay care fees while a dispute about NHS Continuing Care funding is under way?

August 2014

A new service will allow developers, including co-housing groups, to make enquiries about any plot of land easily, and well in advance of purchase.

July 2014

Figures released by the High Court this week show that claims against executors for mishandling deceased's estates have tripled over the last year.

July 2014

Many schools struggle with the question whether or when to convert to academy status.

June 2014

Wrigleys consider what impact the NIC Employment Allowance has for deputies and families who employ carers.

June 2014

The DfE has now released the draft membership Rules for the RPA for academies. This article considers the position and advises a way forward.

June 2014

High Court rules on social care means-test disregard of personal injury damages managed by deputies.

June 2014

Austin Thornton looks at the High Court case referred to in the recent Daily Mail claim that 10,000 families pay care home bills unnecessarily.

June 2014

The Government has announced a plan to help improve the public understanding of Lasting Powers of Attorney.

May 2014

A view on the Department for Education's new Risk Protection Arrangement.

May 2014

With the advent of direct payments to people for council and NHS care, are Independent User Trusts still relevant?

April 2014

The Department of Health has published a guidance note for the assistance of local authorities and those caring for people who may lack capacity.

April 2014

A local authority has been successfully challenged after including a compensation award in the means test for residential care benefits

April 2014

Nursing home managers in the Sheffield area have found that residents who previously qualified for free NHS care have been reassessed as ineligible.

April 2014

A new Code that came into force on 1 April 2014, has been introduced to help protect members of the public seeking advice on a Will.

April 2014

Wrigleys Solicitors are pleased to welcome four senior lawyers and their first apprentice.

April 2014

Social Investment Tax Relief ("SITR"): what is it and what can it do for you?

March 2014

The judgement in the Cheshire West case clarifies the test by which it is determined that a care home resident is 'deprived of their liberty'.

March 2014

Wrigleys Community Care team advised a matrimonial solicitor concerning a proposed settlement of matrimonial property in ancillary relief proceedings

March 2014

Summary of a successful appeal for continuing health care from the NHS for a woman in her thirties suffering from a profound learning disability

March 2014

A local authority sought to move a young man with profound disabilities from a successful day care placement.

March 2014

This article highlights ways to arrange your affairs to ensure the money you want to benefit your child can do so in the most effective way possible.

March 2014

Trusts for the disabled have undergone important changes recently with a new definition of 'disabled person' and a CGT uplift to all disabled trusts.

March 2014

As an employer, compliance with the automatic enrolment duties can seem daunting. A comprehensive project plan is a must.

March 2014

By 2018 it is expected that 1.35 million employers will be complying with the requirements to provide a workplace pension scheme.

February 2014

Wrigleys Solicitors are pleased to welcome four senior lawyers and their first apprentice.

January 2014

What are the main legal issues a school should consider when establishing or running a bursary campaign?

December 2013

This note highlights how The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 may affect occupational pension schemes and any actions which may need to be taken. The Act is expected to come into force in Summer 2014.

December 2013

The community right to bid was introduced through the Localism Act 2011 which allows the Academy Trust to make an application to the Local Authority to register land of "community value" (which can be either private or public land). The land must have been used or is currently used for furthering social well-being or social interests of the local community and will continue to do so to be registered as land of community value e.g. a community centre. If the land is subsequently registered as being of community value and that land was ever for sale then the Academy Trust would be notified and given a right to bid on the land.

December 2013

For many volunteers, the very essence of voluntary work is the flexibility. It is often that freedom that allows volunteers the luxury to help out their chosen organisation in the precious time that they have to spare. Equally, and it is often remarked that, many charities and social enterprises would flounder or fail without the armies of volunteers willing to help out in those sectors.

December 2013

Following the creation of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), on the merger of the Criminal Records Bureau and Independent Safeguarding Authority on 1 December 2012, the Home Office has announced that the new criminal record checking system will be free to volunteers.

December 2013

Important new laws from October 2013 allow landowners to take a proactive step to protect land and avoid claims for village green status.

December 2013

Angus Hunter Smart of Wrigleys reviews new rules affecting how debts can be deducted for IHT - unwelcome news for many farmers and landowners.

November 2013

What are the main legal issues a school should consider when establishing or running a bursary campaign?

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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.