Notwithstanding Brexit, a recent EU case highlights the need for up-to-date evidence in support of deprivation of liberty (DOL)
Helen Woodford has joined the Pensions team on a permanent basis, following her recent involvement with the firm in a consultancy role.
We are delighted to welcome Antonia Moore to our Leeds office.
EAT: employee did not reasonably believe in serious and imminent danger at work and so was not automatically unfairly dismissed.
ONS estimates that “long Covid” symptoms have adversely affected the day-to-day activities of 1.2 million people in the UK.
A look at a recent High Court decision which updates the law on trustees' duties in respect of investment policies and environmental impact.
We look at the role of the accounting officer in ensuring their trust board complies with its regulatory and legal responsibilities.
We are delighted to welcome Gabrielle Allen to the Sheffield Property team
Matters to be aware of in the event of an untimely death before, or shortly after, a divorce or dissolution is finalised.
With increasing infertility rates in the UK, is it time for better workplace support for staff undergoing fertility treatment?
Dealing with an employee who may be a perpetrator of violence or abuse.
Draft regulations issued by the Department for Work and Pensions still awaiting implementation date.
EAT finds that Tribunal failed to apply the ‘reasonable worker test’.
Sheffield Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) accredited solicitor calls for residents to review their wills ahead of “Update Your Will Week”
The government has begun consulting on draft amendments – responses need to be sent by the 7th July 2022.
We look here at the key highlights from the latest schools white paper, setting out the government’s policy and legislative proposals for the sector
Changes to Covid-related sick pay from 25 March 2022.
EAT decision paves way for appeal on tricky interpretation of PILON clauses.
An analysis of the current Office of the Public Guardian guidance regarding discretionary management funds when drafting Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Claimant was in business on his own account and not entitled to holiday pay or notice pay.
Office of the Public Guardian publishes new guidance for NHS providers which will aid best interest decision making by attorneys and deputies.
Four-week holiday entitlement carries over where right is denied, whether or not worker takes unpaid leave.
Gifting as attorney under the authority of a Lasting Power of Attorney – the High Court reminds us of the restrictions under the Mental Capacity Act 2
The governance and structure of sports clubs should be reviewed on a regular basis, which may involve considering incorporation.
In this article, we aim to clear up the confusion over who has the authority to sign documents on behalf of an unincorporated students’ union.
Measures a sole director-shareholder should consider during their lifetime to ensure the continuity of their business following their death.
A look at why a transition to employee ownership may be preferable to a third-party sale, if family succession isn't a viable option.
As we move through life, we naturally start to think about succession and how we are going to provide for future generations.
Employee’s genuine fear and scepticism did not override the vaccination requirement.
This articles briefly summarises the usual role and responsibilities of the Employee Ownership Trust in hybrid and indirect ownership trust structures
EAT decision highlights that abuse of the grievance process may give employers grounds to dismiss.
For a Will to be valid, it must be signed in the presence of two witnesses. This may cause difficulties when social distancing or self-isolating.
Details of, and comments on, the recently launched HMRC consultation on reforms to the SDLT mixed property and multiple dwellings relief rules.
We look here at the key elements of the DfE updated and consolidated guidance on external reviews of governance.
In some cases, delaying legal proceedings to pursue a grievance process will mean it is just and equitable to extend time.
Reflecting on the Backbench Business Committee debate, 14 Dec: the contribution of co-operative and mutual societies to the economy and public life.
COP26 was a crucial moment in the fight against climate change. TCFD reporting is an important part and something all organisations ought to plan for.
We look at property fraud and how the Land Registry can help prevent it.
While SUs have a variety of more pressing matters to consider, pensions are often the largest liability a SU carries.
A new report released by the National Housing Federation offers useful guidance for groups.
We look here at the legal and practical reasons why academy trusts need to manage conflicts of interest and what this means for them in practice.
Watch our video in which the Wrigleys community-led housing team share stories of legal issues faced by CLTs and how these were solved.
From 30 November new Transfer Regulations will enable trustees to refuse a member’s transfer request where a pensions scam is suspected.
A case under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 highlights the importance of checking the ownership of joint property.
Supreme Court confirms that offers which would temporarily take a term of employment out of collective bargaining procedures can be unlawful.
The minimum age from which a member can access their pension is increasing from 55 to 57 from 6 April 2028.
Wrigleys recently hosted a climate café for community-led-housing projects, which generated thoughtful discussions and lots of buzzy energy.
A High Court judgment has affirmed that minor data breaches, handled swiftly, won’t normally justify an award of damages to affected data subjects.
Dismissal was not discriminatory because employer did not know about disability.
A look at the key structuring and decision making processes which are put in place for a successful employee owned business.
Additional requirements for academy trusts considering agreed exits for staff.
How can students’ unions make their voice heard?
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - what is behind the words?
The provisions of the Pension Schemes Act 2021 creating new criminal offences and financial penalties come into force on 1 October 2021.
Tribunal decision will provide comfort for employers who sent pregnant staff home for health and safety reasons.
Wrigleys are delighted to offer Charlotte Nutt and Imogen Taylor permanent contracts in two different teams.
We consider the implications for the previous owners, the Trust and the employees on the onward sale of the shares in the trading company.
Dismissal was unfair but decision-maker was not motivated by protected disclosures.
We explore Family Investment Companies and whether they could be right for you.
Tribunal decision offers useful insight into how employers may have been exposed to claims during the pandemic.
We take a look at the increase in hourly rates which deputyship firms can charge from 1st October 2021.
EAT decision confirms that Tribunals should only do so in limited circumstances.
Film company failed to defend claim on the basis that there was an occupational requirement not to be pregnant.
Failure to consider furlough in redundancy context meant decision to dismiss was unfair.
This article aims to summarise the most important parts of the Subsidy Control Bill (the “Bill”) following its publication on 30 June 2021.
Vaccination requirement will apply to most people working in CQC regulated care homes from 11 November 2021.
Response proposes introduction of new duty on employers to take ‘all reasonable steps’ to prevent sexual harassment.
New guidance from the Court of Protection on appointing the Official Solicitor in both personal welfare and property, and affairs proceedings.
Will the proposals for financing the removal of Grenfell-style cladding affect community-led housing groups?
Decision that a teacher was unfairly dismissed when they were not prosecuted for criminal charges is overturned.
What can charities learn from the high profile collapse of the Kids Company?
The prospectus for the next round of the Community Housing Fund should be published in August. Groups hoping to apply need to start preparing now.
Ensuring the future of a family business is often of utmost concern to families and is a crucial decision that requires careful thought and planning.
The Information Commissioners Office (“ICO”) has published its decision to fine the charity Mermaids £25,000 following a data breach.
Women are still more likely to have caring responsibilities despite increase in fathers caring for children.
We look here at the benefits of good governance for schools and academy trusts.
A look at the key characteristics of a robust employee-owned business and how this should be managed for a successful future.
But EAT makes clear that misgendering may constitute discrimination or harassment.
TUC calls for long Covid to be a deemed disability and highlights the ongoing and potential future impact Covid may have on workforces.
Where changes to your charity have occurred rapidly, ensuring good governance and strong policies and procedures is vital.
The latest Academies Financial Handbook, now called the Academy Trust Handbook, has been published. We look here at the key changes.
Employee ownership can be a preferred option available to businesses when considering succession planning. In this article we consider why.
We consider three formal structures available for employee-owned businesses and why these may be suitable.
Failure to explore negotiations with employee were key factor.
In this article we look at the numerous reports and policy papers surrounding tax reform.
Vaccination scheme had legitimate aims and that penalties and fines were proportionate.
The government is due to release its new model shared ownership lease, following on from a recent consultation that drew over 250 responses.
What employers need to know to avoid civil penalties.
Lack of manual handling training in lifting disabled pupil was a fundamental breach of contract.
The UK Government has recently announced an update to its Home Building Fund which could be of great use to community led housing projects in England.
Draft bill excludes community housing leases from new rules prohibiting the charging of financial ground rents on new, long residential leases.
Our Private Client team considers the law surrounding the provision for cohabitees on death.
Wrigleys are pleased to announce the promotion to the partnership of Matthew Featherstone within the agriculture and rural property team.
EAT: The way H&S activities were carried out was not separable from performing the activities.
Community land trusts could take on a central community role in a post-Covid world by providing co-working spaces.
Tribunal considers application of workplace protection in cases of ‘serious and imminent danger’.
Workers who are permitted to sleep during the shift are not performing “time work” or “salaried hours work”
Representatives will often find themselves faced with agreements or contracts to sign, including sponsorship, advertising, coaching or marketing.
This case highlights the issue of stranded workers still being “ready and willing” to work.
Community groups will be able to bid for funding from June 2021, to help rescue local community assets at risk of being lost.
This article looks at the ‘Coming Home’ Report, recently published by the Church of England addressing the current housing crisis in this country.
Upcoming rule changes and what organisations should know.
EAT decides employees can transfer to more than one employer in a service provision change.
Court of Appeal decision highlights careful balance between freedoms and limitations of expression.
Budget announcement signals more of the same for 2021.
Students’ unions that want to incorporate this summer need to start the process now.
The impact on UK’s data protection regime and steps UK charities need to take to ensure personal data can continue to flow across UK-EEA borders.
The Wrigleys court of protection team will be delivering a series of webinars throughout March this year.
Decision brings long-running case on key aspects of workers status to an end.
This issue came up recently in the case of E v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham  EWCOP 7 and here is what happened.
EAT: assessment of whether employer took all reasonable steps to prevent discrimination should include deciding if a step is likely to be effective.
As part of its response to the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission report.
Out with the old and in with the new…Brexit, the new subsidy control measures, and what they mean for your charity.
A recent case examines the so-called ‘costs plus’ rule when considering indirect discrimination justification.
Decision took account of employee’s length of service prior to leaving the organisation.
A closer look at your charity’s obligation to prepare and file annual accounts.
A closer look at your charity’s obligation to prepare and file an annual report.
We are delighted to announce that Wrigleys is now a member of the Brain Injury Group’s Court of Protection panel.
A closer look at your charity’s obligation to file an annual return.
EAT decision strikes balance between rights and protections created under the Agency Workers Regulations 2010.
We look at the position for special schools and alternative provision following last night’s televised address by Boris Johnson.
EAT: An employer’s motive and conduct in making a role redundant is not relevant to determining if a redundancy situation exists.
Wheatlands Aire Valley Engineering Limited (WAVE) puts in place new employee ownership trust.
GMP equalisation – our pensions team look at the outcome of third Lloyds case on transfers and consider some of the practical issues for trustees.
Wrigleys are pleased to announce 4 promotions across the firm's 3 offices: Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle.
DBS recommends employers change recruitment questions about convictions and cautions to reflect these new rules.
What should schools and academy trusts consider before observing remote and face to face lessons in the Covid-19 crisis?
LMS a 21 year old with Sotos Syndrome, significant autism and some learning disability lacked the capacity to manage her own finances.
High Court: UK has failed to implement EU law protecting workers from detriment on health and safety grounds.
Proposed reforms to IHT & CGT: How might the government balance its books in the long term & attempt to recover some of the financial costs of COVID?
Local Government Ombudsman considers whether deputyship costs should be allowed as an expense in residential social care means testing.
We look at the key highlights for multi academy trusts from the DfE’s School and Trust Governance Investigative Report.
Interest in establishing a Mutual Home Ownership Society (MHOS) is growing among CLH groups. We explore what it means to be an MHOS & how it works.
Long-term affordability is often a key aim for community-led housing groups. Here, we outline models which can facilitate perpetual affordability.
Formerly shielding individuals advised not to attend work during lockdown.
Employees on maternity leave have special protections which employers should be aware of as they make key workforce decisions in the coming months.
It’s become increasingly popular for surplus land to be considered by town & parish councils for community-led housing. We explore the reasons why.
Is the LGO making the right call with complaints around deprivation of capital? We look at two recent decisions which have raised concern.
Employers’ contribution to the wages of workers on the scheme significantly reduced.
EAT confirms the Acas Code of Practice applied where a protected disclosure led to dismissal.
Value-for-money is a daily concern, driven by funding constraints and compliance. So what are the key considerations for academy trusts and CEOs?
Health and Safety Executive guidance includes advice on supporting vulnerable workers and first aid cover during the pandemic
The Secretary of State has directed that remote education shall be a legal requirement. So what does this mean for schools and trusts?
Key considerations for employers dealing with requests to work differently in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Employers must fund at least 55% of normal wages if claiming under the new scheme.
What are the legal considerations for school leaders?
Government minister says HMRC is working on planning assumption of 5-10% error and fraud rate.
Is your school discriminating against pupils with disabilities because of Covid-19 risks?
As covid restrictions flux and local lockdowns increase, agile governance is ever more important. What does this mean for schools and academy trusts?
Public concern fails to trigger a meaningful investigation.
Unfair to dismiss for reputational damage when this was not put to the teacher as a formal allegation.
Following lockdown and the phased and full opening of schools, we look at the importance of ensuring your contracts are up-to-date.
Case helpfully clarifies an important aspect of the interaction between reasonable adjustments and s.15 discrimination claims.
Recent case suggests a reasonable adjustment may take the form of an undertaking.
Employers cannot claim the Job Retention Bonus where the employee is under notice of termination of employment before 1 February 2021.
Court case confirms that members of charitable companies are fiduciaries and owe duties as such. We look at what this means for charitable companies.
Court identifies significant factors for a tribunal to consider when determining employment status.
We look at how students might request grading information from schools and colleges following results day and how to deal with such requests.
A court case has confirmed that members of charitable companies are fiduciaries and owe duties as such. We look at what this means for academy trusts.
Some key legal considerations for employers carrying out formal consultation processes.
The way an athlete was funded meant that there was no employer-employee relationship.
Although offering an appeal is recommended, there is no statutory right to one in redundancy situations.
Law Commission recommends exemptions for CLH developments from freehold acquisition claims.
The recent ECJ judgment in Schrems II has shaken up data sharing arrangements outside the EEA. We look at the impact of the decision on charities.
The Office of Tax Simplification is reviewing Capital Gains Tax. We look at how this might affect Wrigleys’ rural clients.
This article touches on governance, charity law and conflicts.
The Black Lives Matter movement has made diversity a focus for schools and trusts. We look at the Charity Governance Code and how this can help you.
Plans include a Job Retention Bonus for employers who keep on furloughed staff and opportunities for young people.
Follow our solicitor as she develops her own cohousing project.
Recent case highlights the difference between working under a contract of employment and ‘collateral work’.
We look at the law and our experience of transferring contracts from a local authority to the deputy.
We consider the ICO’s guidance for organisations conducting testing of employees and provide practical advice for complying with data protection law.
This article explores the use of DPIAs in schools, when they must be used and tips on undertaking a meaningful assessment of data protection risks.
The following guide summarises the key requirements that members and boards of academy trusts must satisfy when making decisions.
Tax tribunal decision offers helpful summary of the law on employment status.
The new Academies Financial Handbook has been published which will be effective from 1st September 2020. We look here at what it means for your trust.
Sixth form colleges are governed by corporations or academy trusts, as exempt charities. We explore what this means and complying with their duties.
The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act is currently being considered in the House of Lords and is expected to become law later this month.
Some of your questions answered.
Increasingly, charities are considering including community-led housing as part of their activities - we look at some of the key considerations here.
With new quarantine rules in force, can employers exercise control over where an employee goes on holiday or whether they go on holiday at all?
A look at some of the most common issues with poorly drafted Wills.
The importance of keeping your Will updated and letting people know where it is.
HMRC to Allow Applications for Post-Transaction Refunds Based on the Replacement of Main Residence Exemption Outside of the Usual 3 Year Time Limit.
What happens to your digital assets on the event of death.
Decision highlights the limits of a generic confidentiality clause in settlement agreements.
The history of the trade union movement evidences the impact unions have had on protecting the health, safety and welfare of staff.
We look at a recent case which has provided helpful clarity in relation to a school’s capacity to enter contracts.
Government outlines changes to the Job Retention Scheme to take place between July and October 2020.
Wrigleys Solicitors and Satis Education partner up to provide a comprehensive service for academy trusts.
Important considerations for employers who have decided to furlough staff
Our CLH team held a virtual social in May, the theme of which was what the future holds for the sector, in the aftermath of the Covid-19 epidemic.
In this article, we look at some of the limitations of the B Corp model in improving corporate responsibility.
How can the Covid-19 epidemic offer an opportunity to reshape capitalism towards a kinder, more inclusive economy?
The Wrigleys community-led housing team is delivering a series of bite-size webinars.
We look here at whether schools and academy trusts must comply with DfE guidance on the phased wider opening of schools from 1 June 2020.
The Tenant Fees Act prohibits many fees landlords might charge other than basics like rent, deposit, and utilities. Are all your charges permitted?
How can charities ensure they continue to be financially sustainable during the Covid-19 pandemic?
We summarise here the key elements of the phased wider opening of schools from 1 June 2020, announced by the Government on 11 May 2020.
As we reach the end of the seventh week in lockdown, and the media is full of eager reports about how we might get back to normal, I thought I would reflect on how Wrigleys has managed in this period. Our clients lives have not stopped because of the lockdown and a range of challenges […]
The Supreme Court has final say on long-running series of cases caused by an intentional data leak.
Further emergency measures are to be introduced to protect tenants from landlords 'aggressively' pursuing rent arrears.
We consider important steps to take in this lock down period in relation to your property insurance.
We consider the application of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to rural businesses and other Covid-19 related concerns affecting the sector.
As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme goes live, HMRC provides helpful guidance on calculating claims.
Since the lockdown was announced on 23r March we have all had to adapt our daily and working lives. Deputies and attorneys have also had to find new ways to carry out their duties and to make sure the person they act for is protected, cared for and have all they need. To help work […]
We look here at the changes to admissions appeals procedures being introduced by the DfE in response to Covid-19.
We share with you some of the most frequently asked questions relating to COVID19 and data protection issues.
The Government has further clarified some details of the Job Retention Scheme.
This article addresses some of the types of insurance potentially relevant during the current COVID-19 pandemic and related effects on businesses.
In the recent case of ACC and others [EWCOP9] 2020 the Court of Protection has provided a helpful reminder to deputies as to what falls under the general authority as outlined in the deputyship order and also when to seek specific approval for contentious litigation and instructing other departments in a professional deputy’s firm. The […]
The Government has clarified some details of the Job Retention Scheme.
With schools closed, exams cancelled and new guidance issued on almost a daily basis schools are adapting quickly to deal with the current crisis.
Many independent schools are facing extremely difficult decisions in the light of the Covid-19 restrictions.
Many employers are facing extremely difficult decisions in the light of the Covid-19 restrictions and are working hard to find solutions.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued a series of guidance notes regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK pension schemes.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a "black swan" event and lockdown, social distancing and self isolation are the immediate consequences for individuals.
Active risk management is a key duty of charity trustees. The Covid-19 pandemic is an example of a risk arising.
Charities and social enterprises are grappling with how to manage meetings in this new era of working life.
In these uncertain and unsettling days we are all being forced to consider difficult issues.
Employers need to consider how they will adapt to make sure policies and procedures are applied appropriately during the current circumstances.
Scheme is open to all employers but those receiving continuing public funding to cover wage costs are not expected to use the scheme.
Dishonesty in investigation report was a fundamental breach of contract.
The Information Commissioners Officer (ICO) has recently issued reprimands to two schools.
Advice for employers on how to approach coronavirus and related employment issues
And what impact does this have on the nature of protected conversations?
This case involved concerns raised by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) about the way an attorney was looking after his father’s affairs. There is nothing unusual in that and the OPG often brings cases to Court where their investigations of an attorney’s behaviour have found problems. In this case, the attorney felt aggrieved […]
Our solicitor Laura Moss talks about her own experiences developing a co-housing project.
Do community-led housing organisations need to register with the Information Commissioner's Office?
EAT confirms employee must show the effect of their impairment is 'long term' at the time of the discriminatory acts.
The Spring Budget is due to be announced on 11 March 2020, will the Community Housing Fund be affected?
It's been almost two years since the GDPR came into force. We look at its impact and the ways schools can develop best practice in data protection.
The CLA has submitted a pre-Budget paper to the Treasury calling for diversified rural businesses to be taxed as a single trading Rural Business Unit.
Here we consider what tax policy announcements we might expect in Sajid Javid’s first budget on 11 March 2020.
Judge finds views were incompatible with human decency and conflicted with the fundamental rights of others.
An update in relation to the current position with the Probate Registry.
Dismissal and breach of right to privacy were justified by potential risk to employer's reputation as statutory safeguarding partner.
Deputies are required to provide the OPG with an report each year detailing how they have managed the funds of their loved one. The OPG may ask you for evidence of your expenditure or ask you to justify certain expenses. It is therefore important to keep full and accurate records. Attorneys are not supervised in […]
Recommendations for significant changes to the current regime are published.
Good news for those who will potentially inherit more, but, the reality is that the Government rules rarely operate in the way people expect.
Homeworking is becoming increasingly popular but employers should consider a number of important issues before agreeing to it.
As professionals specialising in Court of Protection work we often hear from clients that they have been told by social services that they have to sell their parents’ home to pay their care fees. This is often a very stressful time for families and understanding what needs to be done and why can help make […]
Will leaving the EU and the new political landscape mean more or less protection for workers?
The Court of Protection was asked by TQ a former carer of P to make a health and welfare deputy order under Section 16 in her favour. P has a life long diagnosis of a severe form of epilepsy, has severe global delay, is unable to verbally communicate and cannot walk. P requires 24 hour […]
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is responsible for supervising deputies and it has an important role in investigating allegations of wrong-doing by both deputies and attorneys. The OPG also keeps registers of all deputyship orders and Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). These registers can be searched by member of the public. The OPG […]
You might have seen ‘What does the Court of Protection have to do with my vote?’ and ‘What does the Court of Protection have to do with my wedding?‘ (What other decisions can the Court of Protection make and when can it make them? The case of PWK gives us some answers. It is not […]
Employment tribunal judge was 'overwhelmingly' satisfied that ethical veganism met the necessary tests.
In circumstances where a deputy or attorney is acting for someone (I will call them ‘P’ because that is the way they are referred to in the Mental Capacity Act 2005), that person usually has other day to day care needs. In this blog I am going to look at making payments to recognise the […]
EAT: threat was materially influenced by employee's refusal to work at site after rest break refused.
We look here at what it means for a school or academy trust to be an exempt charity and how they can comply with their duties.
How to make a successful start as a deputy or attorney Acting as a property and affairs attorney or deputy for a loved one can be a daunting task, but it is one that more and more of us are facing. You have the job of looking after some else’s finances and you very much […]
As the holiday season dawns upon us, so does a newly elected government following the recent general election with a turnout of just under 32 million voters – approximately half the population of the UK! Prior to the election, I had overheard a conversation between one of our paralegals and one of our clients, a […]
The impact of the FCA's new rules on what they term 'Speculative Illiquid Securities'
The Brexit Party's Manifesto includes only two pledges in relation to tax.
Like all of the three main parties' manifestos, the treatment of capital taxation in the Liberal Democrats' manifesto is limited. What can we glean?
We look here at the Conservative Party's key tax pledges in their proposal to 'unleash Britain's potential'
A lot of people understand that the Court of Protection makes decisions about people’s finances. The Court’s powers are much wider than this though. Where there is a dispute about whether a person has the mental capacity to marry, the Court of Protection will make a decision. That is what happened in this case. In […]
Installing hidden CCTV leading to workplace dismissals did not violate employees' rights to privacy.
Recent employment and tax law decisions highlight risk that "self-employed" individuals engaged through their own companies could be employees.
We look here at the pledges for schools in the Brexit Party's 'Contract with the People', published on Friday.
We look here at the key Conservative pledges for schools following publication of their manifesto yesterday.
We look here at the key Labour Party pledges for schools and the National Education Service, following publication of their manifesto yesterday.
We look here at the key Liberal Democrat pledges for schools and the early years following publication of their manifesto yesterday.
Courts and tribunals are not obliged to follow it, but guidance may be used as evidence in proceedings.
Given the uncertain election outcome and the chance that the Greens may find themselves in coalition with Labour and the SNP, it is worth a read.
Employee made redundant after employer refused to allow her to continue to job share.
Acas has published guidance for employers on supporting staff who are going through the menopause.
A tribunal must make findings of fact in regard to improper conduct before disapplying s.111A.
A number of recent developments may extend whistleblowing protection beyond employees and workers.
Employment tribunal: Lack of belief in "transgenderism" is incompatible with human dignity
Could the recent growth in student housing co-operatives be one solution to the challenge of housing students in an affordable, fair way?
Some of the Wrigleys team recently attended the excellent Capacity, the Internet and Social Media conference organised by the Brain Injury Group. We were treated to very practical and helpful sessions from an eclectic mix of speakers. The main takeaway points for us were: The concerns we have over vulnerability aren’t unique to the internet […]
EAT upholds tribunal's decision that conduct was unwanted but not related to the claimant's sex
What do employers and employees need to know about protests?
One of the solicitors in our community-led housing team, Laura Moss, is in the process of setting up her own cohousing project.
The national Court of Protection team are delighted to have been recognised in the national legal directory Legal 500, 2020, for a new ranking of tier 2. The team’s new profile reads: “Wrigleys Solicitors LLP covers all aspects of property and financial affairs and currently manages 101 deputyships and over 300 trusts. The specialist team […]
How does this request sit within the GDPR framework?
EAT agrees that out of hours GP paid through her own company was a worker
EAT rules that a partly self-interested disclosure could still pass the public interest test
In this case, Allied Services Trust applied to be a property and affairs deputy for a person known as TWAH. The CEO of Allied Services Trust was already acting as interim deputy. The Court looked at whether Allied Services Trust could be a deputy and if it could, what the requirements would be. Readers might […]
Why schools might be cautiously optimistic going into the new year.
Private Client advisor Lucy Hargreaves is celebrating her place on the definitive annual list of young private client practitioners across the UK.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published a response to the consultation on a new statutory scheme.
The guidance is designed to clarify key aspects of NDAs and signposts where to get advice from.
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has released guidance about its complaints and feedback procedure. The guidance can be found here. The guidance only relates to services the OPG provides and not any other body such as the Court of Protection or the High Court. The guidance details the information you will need to […]
The Wrigleys community-led housing team are hosting a series of lunchtime Twitter Q&A sessions throughout September and October.
The recent case of FL v MJL  EWCOP 31 looked at the authority of a deputy to make gifts from the surplus income of the person whose funds he manages. MJL is a very wealthy individual with wealth of around £17,000,000 resulting in an income in the region of £123,000 but the court’s decision […]
Court of Appeal confirms school was wrong to pay holiday pay at the rate of 12.07% of earnings.
"Current model is dependent on individual enforcement rather than seeking institutional change" say Committee.
We are very pleased to announce that we are working on proposals to develop low cost homes in York, with Yorspace and Lowfield Green Housing Co-op.
Fiona Wharton joins the top tier Charities and Social Economy team.
The MEES regulations prohibit the grant of any new leases of buildings with an energy efficiency rating as shown on an EPC of below an E.
If someone is employed illegally, will they have any rights under the employment contract or any protection under employment law?
The Office of the Public Guardian has just published guidance on how it deals with safeguarding concerns. Court of Protection expert Lynne Bradey explores the guidance note.
The government is seeking public feedback on a number of work-related topics which may interest you
Court of Appeal confirms perceived disability discrimination claims are permissible under the Equality Act 2010
Making a covert recording could be gross misconduct in some circumstances but the recording may be admissible in the employment tribunal
Employers need to have a clear non-discriminatory reason for action when dealing with religious expression
Keeping Children Safe in Education: revised statutory guidance is expected to be in place from 2 September 2019.
We are seeing an increasing number of town councils and parish councils explore the possibility of using their surplus land for community-led housing.
We have matched last year's success by maintaining their Band 1 ranking (regional guide) and are still a recognised National Leader (outside London).
We look here at the key messages from the latest ESFA letter to accounting officers of academy trusts to help you plan and prepare for what's coming.
How might community-led housing help in providing enough rental housing for our ageing population?
The fee to make an application to the Court of Protection will reduce to £365 from 22 July 2019. The Court Fees (Miscellaneous Amendment) Order 2019 was laid before parliament on 1 July 2019. The Order decreases Court fees payable in certain areas including the Court of Protection. The application fee for Court of Protection […]
Charity Bank is inviting trustees, directors, CEOs and managers of charities and community organisations to sign up for their free event.
We are pleased that the Lord Chancellor has announced the discount rate for personal injury lump sum compensation payments. The discount rate governs the amount of money a client should receive when they are paid compensation now for expenditure that will happen in the future. That could be to purchase an adapted vehicle or equipment […]
Earlier this year this blog analysed the case of Re B: (Capacity: Social Media: Care and Contact)  EWCOP3 in relation to social media. Those who read the judgement will have noticed that the judge also made findings in relation to other questions of capacity that appeared somewhat paradoxical. There has now been an appeal […]
We consider the recent findings of government research regarding the approach of UK lenders in relation to properties affected by Japanese knotweed.
The ICO has taken action against British Airways under the GDPR. We look at the facts of the case and implications for charities & social enterprises.
We look here at the key changes included in the Academies Financial Handbook 2019 and what this means for the sector.
Employer could not reasonably be expected to know about a disability as employee was unlikely to engage with medical enquiries
We are delighted to announce our new Wrigleys office, based in Newcastle, open.
The aim and intentions of the consultation, a summary of Wrigleys' response and the government's proposed plans.
Inducements to forgo collective bargaining: the risk of penal awards decreases after Court of Appeal decision.
The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 has received Royal Assent. That means that the new liberty protection safeguards (LPS) will replace the current deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLs). The LPS are due to come in in 2020 although there might be a period when the two regimes overlap. The LPS apply to people aged sixteen […]
The key findings and recommendations of the Timpson Review of School Exclusion and the impact on exclusions and behaviour management in practice.
No discrimination where special treatment is afforded to women in connection with pregnancy or childbirth
What do you need to know about employing children?
Key aspects to bear in mind when offering volunteering and work experience
We find that groups struggle to find accountants who can provide the specialist tax advice needed, we want to share our experience to benefit you.
People who become the subject of Court of Protection proceedings often do so at a time when their life has been impacted by a significant event, or when they are going through substantial change. One of the clear principles of the Court, and of the framework of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, is that capacity […]
Time is running out to help extend the Community Housing Fund as the deadline for the Government's recent call for information is this Friday 31 May.
Consultation raises the prospect of greater company compliance requirements in future
EAT decision confirms that the key question is 'what effect does the discrimination have on the individual?'
A recent case highlights the difficulties employers face when new evidence comes to light at appeal
The Office of the Public Guardian has issued guidance for attorneys and deputies thinking of investing money for the person whose affairs they look after. The note reminds attorneys and deputies that they can’t do whatever they like with the person’s money, that the person should be supported to make decisions themselves where possible, and […]
An agreed exit for school staff via a settlement agreement may be trickier than you think…
An event fee is a charge made by a landlord on the occurrence of a specified event, for instance, if a tenant sells its lease.
When applying to be appointed as someone’s financial Deputy or awaiting a registered Lasting Power of Attorney to be returned from the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) it may feel like the hard work is over once the document arrives in the post. In reality however, registering the document with financial institutions and utility […]
The range of options available, and the importance of acting early with professional input
A recent case considered a warden and receptionist being on call overnight at a caravan site