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.
The Wrigleys employment team is delivering a series of webinars on equality in the workplace this summer.
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 […]
Find out how Wills help you to provide for your "blended family" after your death.
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.
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.
Many independent schools are facing extremely difficult decisions in the light of the Covid-19 restrictions.
With schools closed, exams cancelled and new guidance issued on almost a daily basis schools are adapting quickly to deal with the current crisis.
The law offers contracting parties limited relief from contracts when they become difficult or impossible to perform.
Many employers are facing extremely difficult decisions in the light of the Covid-19 restrictions and are working hard to find solutions.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a "black swan" event and lockdown, social distancing and self isolation are the immediate consequences for individuals.
The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued a series of guidance notes regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK pension schemes.
Charities and social enterprises are grappling with how to manage meetings in this new era of working life.
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
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 […]
And what impact does this have on the nature of protected conversations?
Our solicitor Laura Moss talks about her own experiences developing a co-housing project.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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.
Employer was not found liable because it had taken all reasonable steps to prevent discriminatory act
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 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.
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.
Courts and tribunals are not obliged to follow it, but guidance may be used as evidence in proceedings.
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.
Establishing a new cohousing community
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?
The latest in our lecture series in honour of the late Matthew Wrigley, a founding partner of the firm, began on a sunny evening at Harewood House.
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 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.
This is helpful for persons who may be at risk of personal threat of harm because of their public profile or sensitive occupation.
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
Have you had any issues in obtaining funding?
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
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Employer could not reasonably be expected to know about a disability as employee was unlikely to engage with medical enquiries
Potentially, a couple could have a combined inheritance tax nil rate band of £1m from 6th April 2020.
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 […]
Double vision correctable by wearing a contact lens in one eye did not qualify as a disability.
The key findings and recommendations of the Timpson Review of School Exclusion and the impact on exclusions and behaviour management in practice.
Despite the proposed fees increase which was expected in April 2019, as I write today the fees are still at the same flat rate.
No discrimination where special treatment is afforded to women in connection with pregnancy or childbirth
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.
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 answer to this is very likely to be…NO
Consultation raises the prospect of greater company compliance requirements in future
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 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 […]
An agreed exit for school staff via a settlement agreement may be trickier than you think…
Wrigleys are pleased to announce 4 promotions in the firm's Leeds office.
A recent case considered a warden and receptionist being on call overnight at a caravan site
Case law has considered the actions of an over-exuberant attendee to an office party in what continues to be a fact-specific area of law
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) for England and Wales has just published a six year strategy to improve safeguarding of adults at risk https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-strategy-2019-to-2025-office-of-the-public-guardian. This includes developing a fully online service for users to register a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Whilst more adults than ever now have a registered LPA, EPA or […]
Wrigleys Trustees Limited, our trust corporation at Wrigleys Solicitors, remains a Court of Protection approved panel deputy, available to support people who lack mental capacity. Some professional deputies are called “panel deputies”. A panel deputy is a deputy appointed from the Court approved list (who have undergone a stringent application process). It is often the […]
Probationary periods are a common feature of employment – but what exactly are the implications of one?
A family constitution can help provide structure alongside future-proofing the business.
Regular readers of the blog will remember when Shaun Hill was jailed for breaching an injunction the Court of Protection had put in place to protect his father. New readers can find our discussion of that case here . In this case, Imre Stalter was at risk of a jail sentence for breaching Orders designed […]
A disabled employee should have been offered a dedicated parking space as a reasonable adjustment in line with the employer's own policy
Did the treatment of a gay head teacher amount to constructive dismissal and sexual orientation discrimination?
Assessing the implications of an absence of affordable housing for teachers, and considering how schools' surplus land could provide solutions.
Employers who refuse rest breaks may be liable for personal injury caused by the lack of breaks
Court of Appeal: employer had reasonable and proper cause to suspend pending investigation of allegations of unreasonable force against children
Looking at the increasing trend for local authorities to charge for exclusions and the legality of this under the relevant funding regulations.
Court of Appeal: TUPE transfer was principal reason for dismissal in the context of claimant's poor relationship with director of the transferee
The internet, and particularly social media, can provide disabled persons with a great opportunity to express themselves, learn new skills and information, locate support, and interact with others. Sadly, it is not without its dangers. The NSPCC reported this month that over 5,000 online child grooming offences were recorded by police in England and Wales. […]
EAT: teacher's dismissal could not be discriminatory on the basis of the employer's religion or belief but was discriminatory on the ground of sex
You might remember the case where the outsourcing of Deputyship duties went wrong? In the second round of litigation in this case following the Court’s decision that Matrix had acted not in compliance with either its statutory or fiduciary duty (as mentioned in our Lynne Bradey’s article here “Trust corporation fails vulnerable clients” – link […]
The meaning of the phrase "nursing and other healthcare"
Late teacher's estate awarded damages for school's failure to inform the TPS that she had exhausted sick pay and was not in pensionable service
The meaning of the phrase “nursing and other healthcare” Executive Summary There is a substantial and growing disconnect between the public who see their relatives suffering from profound disability and illness, often involving neurological disorders such as dementia and stroke, and the view of NHS continuing care teams in Clinical Commissioning Groups that such patients […]
School successfully challenges council's alteration of an Education and Health Care Plan and naming of an unsuitable school
LCN v KF & Ors  EWCOP This sad case involved CJF, a 13 year old boy who had suffered extensive injuries through negligence at his birth and who needed significant 24 hour care for all aspects of his life. He sadly died a few days after the case was decided. CJF’s mother was 18 […]
Supreme Court upholds decision that the rules on disclosing multiple spent convictions in an enhanced DBS check are disproportionate and incompatible
Academy should have known teacher with reactive depression and PTSD was disabled and made reasonable adjustments
The EAT has upheld the decision of an employment tribunal that a live-in carer was an employee of the client even though she contributed to tax & NI.
In the case of EXB v FDZ  EWHC 3456 (QB) Foskett J, that was the question to be determined. At age 26 EXB was involved in a catastrophic road traffic accident from which he acquired a traumatic brain injury. This injury was expected to be lifelong and meant that EXB would likely need support […]
The Government is consulting on the way small generators are paid for electricity they export to the grid –what is proposed, and what does this mean?
A look ahead to some of the key changes impacting on employers planned for 2019/20
In December, EHRC published a report on the first round of gender pay gap reporting, focusing on explanatory narratives and action plans.
"Only for rock stars and professional footballers" was once the perception, but the reality is now much different.
You might be surprised to find that the answer is yes. The case This case (Case Reference  EWCOP 35) involves an elderly gentleman known as KJ who suffers from dementia. There were concerns about the behaviour of two men, one named Shaun Hill. It appears from the Judgement that KJ was Shaun Hill’s father. […]
We look at the impact of proposed changes to enfranchisement law – community-led housing (CLH) groups should respond before 7 January 2019.
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).
Incapability dismissal may be unfair and discriminatory if employee is contractually entitled to income when incapacitated by permanent disability.
This article explores the new proposed fees for obtaining a Grant of Probate in England and Wales announced by the Government this month.
If you are a partner of a farming partnership business, it is worth having a written agreement containing the terms of the partnership.
Employment tribunal was right to take a "realistic and worldly-wise" approach as written contract did not reflect the reality of the arrangement
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.
We highlight the statutory rights benefitting telecoms operators and how these could affect plans to carry out works to school property.
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
Court of Appeal holds two directors of a company personally liable for dismissal-related losses.
An in-depth look into the recent case of the Supreme Court overturning a decision made by the Court of Appeal of Northern Ireland.
When is an employer liable for an employee's actions?
What happens if you instruct your attorney to assist your suicide in your Lasting Power of Attorney? In this case, the Public Guardian made nine applications to the Court of Protection because he had received nine Lasting Powers of Attorney with provisions relating to euthanasia or assisted suicide. Some of the LPAs appeared to have […]
Your chance to have a say on the Law Commission's consultation paper, and other questions about the way employment tribunals work
The tax system is not the most straightforward thing in the world. Many people with full mental capacity and the ability to access the internet still find they need help to make sure they understand the HMRC policies and regulations. Who helps vulnerable people with their tax? This isn’t just about paying the right amount of […]
The first article in a new series, Back to Basics in Community-Led Housing, examining the key concepts in community-led housing.
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.
A qualified person can be appointed as deputy for property and financial affairs by virtue of holding an office in an approved organisation. The appointment will continue even if the office holder is replaced by another person. The Office of the Public Guardian should be informed of a change in office holder or other relevant […]
The disqualification by association rules no longer apply to those working in schools and nurseries.
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.
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.
HMRC has further updated its guidance on compliance with the legislation of the registration of trusts which had tax liability.
Set out below is a suggested budget representation on the impact of SDLT and ATED on co-operative societies.
Before there is a flurry of over excited gifting, let me make it clear that this gift was only approved by the Court after a thorough consideration of the situation and a best interest assessment. Attorneys have very limited powers to make gift without the Court’s approval. For example, an attorney can buy a birthday […]
Disabled children with a tendency to abuse others physically should not fall outside the protection of discrimination legislation
http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2018/17.html Readers might remember that Mr Fitzgerald, a very persistent maker of Court of Protection applications, reappeared a few weeks ago when his latest application was dismissed as without merit. The last instalment can be found here It seems that Sir James Munby had not heard the last of the tireless Mr Fitzgerald after all. […]
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).
In case some of you may have missed it, there has been a long awaited reduction in #COP fees from last Wednesday 25 July 2018. The application fee has reduced from £400 to £385 & Appeal fee from £400 to £320. The Hearing fee remains the same. For further information click here
Following the recent appointment of Sir Andrew McFarlane as President of the Family Division of the High Court comes the announcement of Mr Justice Hayden’s appointment as the new Vice-President for the Court of Protection. The team at Wrigleys wish to congratulate both on their appointments and look forward to the future development of the […]
The community-led housing sector received welcome news this July, the fund provides grant funding for community groups in early stage of development.
The recent case of Taulbut v Davey is the latest example of a homemade Will causing confusion, frustration, and fallout.
Readers of the blog might remember Desmond Maurice Allan Fitzgerald, who featured in a previous posting which can be found here. The original dispute was about the affairs of A, Mr Fitzgerald’s aunt. A’s niece, C, was appointed as A’s deputy in May 2013. Mr Fitzgerald had objected to this. In fact Mr Fitzgerald objected […]
From the 1 August 2018, important changes are being made to the automatic disqualification rules for charity trustees.
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is about to launch a mediation pilot scheme to deal with family conflicts about powers of attorney. The scheme will apply to Enduring and Lasting Powers of Attorney. The mediation will be face to face as far as possible. The views of the person who made the power […]
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?
Paying holiday pay at the rate of 12.07% of pay may not always comply with contractual or statutory entitlements.
There are many reasons a property might be left unoccupied, but this poses additional risks and requirements for insurance.
What do charities need to consider to demonstrate responsible management?
Wrigleys are pleased to announce 4 promotions in the firm's Leeds office.
Preventing the creation of new public rights of way and town and village greens.
The first stage of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard came into force in April 2018, affecting schools that act as landlords for their properties.
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.
ACAS has published new guidance to assist employers in preventing workplace discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.
Our newest Private Client Solicitors, Aurea Kevill and Richard Whittaker, talk Wrigleys, relocation from London and Yorkshire Wolds Way
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.
Commonhold was trumpeted as a new system of landholding when it was introduced about 15 years ago but is being looked at again now.
Recently, gaps in insurance meant injuries by a carer might not be covered. Wrigleys have now solved this issue and offer direct employment packages.
Senior staff may have an implied contractual duty to disclose relationships with sex offenders to assist the governors in their safeguarding duties
In this article, we look at the innovative solutions which community-led housing offers for young people having difficulties securing their own home.
Case reference ET v JP 2018 EWHC 685 Ch Which Court? If you want the Court to vary a trust with minor beneficiaries but one of those beneficiaries lacks capacity, do you go the Court of Protection or the High Court? Answer – the High Court every time. In this case, the parties could have […]
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!
The changes provide more flexibility to rural communities as to how they use existing buildings to deliver much needed homes and help farms modernise.
HMRC has now updated its guidance on penalties for failure to comply with the legislation of the registration of trusts which had tax liability.
This is the third edition of Austin Thornton’s publication on Paying for Residential Care. More than ever, due to the continuing care funding crises, practitioners are being regularly contacted by clients for advice on paying for care for themselves or their loved ones. Austin has been a solicitor for nearly 23 years and has worked […]
Tribunal criticises academy trust for imposing behaviour policy at the expense of a disabled pupil's education
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
A huge thank you to all that attended our second “Through the Maze” Conference, last Wednesday 7 March in Leeds. We heard from five excellent speakers, including our own Austin Thornton. Austin along with Stephen Knafler QC of Landmark Chambers gave interesting talks in relation to the issues surrounding Direct Employment of carers specifically regulation, […]
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What could this mean for co-housing & community-led housing?
This guide provides up to date care and support advice and information for people in Sheffield Click on the image below to read your copy.- What is covered in this guide? 1.Living with support 2.Options for your long term needs 3.Paying for your care 4.Choosing a home and your next steps 5.Living in a residential […]
In this article we look at what action can be taken to specifically safeguard against forgery of documents relating to ownership of your property.
Did you apply for a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) or Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) to be registered between 1st April 2013 and the 31st March 2017? If you did then you may be eligible for a refund. The Ministry of Justice has embarked on a £69,000,000 refund scheme for people who may have […]
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.
Last week saw the publication of Senior Judge Hilder’s review of the appointment of trust corporations to act as a property and affairs deputy for a protected party, and in particular what information is necessary for the Court to be satisfied that a trust corporation is a fit and proper person to be appointed as […]
Our book launch saw solicitor and author Austin Thornton introduce his book; Paying For Residential Care: A Guide For Private Client Practitioners
Hot on the heels of the PP case, in January 2018 the Office of the Public Guardian has offered an updated practice note for attorneys and deputies. There are some very helpful reminders for attorneys and deputies in this note. The definition of a gift is wider than many people would think and the OPG […]
We consider the potential TUPE risks for a Multi Academy Trust which takes day to day control of a school before the transfer date.
Citation numbers  EWCOP 93 and  EWCOP 65 Case Impact in Brief If you are acting as an attorney, there are very clear rules about what you can give away and what you can’t. Unfortunately not everybody seems to know them. In this case the attorneys seem to have sought advice but not from […]
On 7th March 2018, Wrigleys are holding a conference which will look at the regulatory structure underpinning the direct employment of carers to look after persons who are privately funding that care. The conference will be of interest to: • Litigators claiming care costs in personal injury cases. • Experts providing evidence in care cases • Case managers […]
Austin Thornton discusses regulation and risk management in the direct employment of care staff focussing on CQC registration and insurance problems.
As from April 2018 the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) could prevent landlords from letting properties with low EPC ratings.
Statutory rights enjoyed by electronic communications operators are set to change.
Could your school be contravening the Equality Act 2010 by not admitting a transgender pupil?
Many academy trusts raise additional funds to supplement government funding. This article covers points to consider when looking at income generation.
Court of Appeal holds that girls and boys in an Islamic state school are discriminated against by being segregated throughout the school day.
Strong and stable might no longer be a fashionable phrase, but that's exactly what good governance of academy trusts is all about.
With victims of modern slavery in England likely to number over 10,000, we consider supply chain transparency requirements for academy trusts.
Interested in community-led housing? Join us on Saturday 4 November at the Friend's Meeting House in Lancaster.
When the chalk-face meets the thin blue line: handling police involvement with school staff.
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.
We look at the recent movement in schools towards gender neutral school uniforms and the legal duties of schools in relation to uniform policies.
A reminder of the issues that can arise with school accommodation and how to deal with them.
It’s vital to check “under the hood” when requesting the appointment of a Trust Corporation as deputy. Overview: In a recent case, Matrix Deputies Limited admitted breaching their fiduciary duty by accepting commissions on sales of residential properties belonging to vulnerable clients. They also accepted “failures in administration”. The allegations against Matrix Deputies Limited were […]
At 484 pages, it is quite a read, so we have summarised some of the key points below.
Family business adviser Thomas Wainman is celebrating his place on the definitive annual list of young private client practitioners across the UK.
Wrigleys Solicitors are pleased to welcome Neil Whitaker, Donna Radcliffe and Katie Derry to its Leeds office.
We summarise proposed changes to the law on Wills (designed to encourage more people to make Wills) and the implications for lawyers and clients.
This will be interesting reading, because it may not be widely known that everyone involved in an investigation and interviewed can see a report. This has the potential to cause some ructions!
We have compiled a list of grants, loans and other finance options for community-led housing and co-housing groups.
Practical examples of societies we have recently registered, to give an idea of the range of projects which societies can be used for.
This has been hitting the headlines and law reports again recently. We look at the recent cases and include 3 tips for litigators to get the best value out of professional Deputies
wef 21st July 2017, all non-financial orders produced in the Court of Protection will be endorsed with an electronic seal – in place of the current ink fed manual seals.
Wrigleys has been involved in this interesting proposal to re-use an unloved NHS office building for a co-housing scheme.
Wrigleys has been involved in this ground-breaking scheme to ensure perpetually affordable accommodation for individuals meeting certain criteria.
The HMRC Trust Registration Service has now been launched and will require all trusts with UK tax liabilities to be registered.
Notes from the annual OPG Annual Panel Deputy Conference Once a year the Office of the Public Guardian (the OPG) hold their annual conference for professional Deputies who are on their approved panel list. This year’s conference was held in Birmingham on Thursday 6th July and featured some interesting speakers from the OPG, the Official […]
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.
Can independent schools keep their school fee salary sacrifice schemes in place?
The case of JR v Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides useful guidance from the Court on what costs are reasonable.
Did you know that landlords (incl community housing landlords) are obliged to consult with tenants under 'long term tenancy agreements'?
We are often asked is how to make housing affordable in perpetuity. There is no easy answer, though this article explores a possible solution.
Thank you to everybody who attended an excellent conference yesterday in Leeds.
We heard from 6 excellent speakers and enjoyed some interesting debate on current issues and future developments.
Details of all the speakers are below.
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'.
Case underlines TUPE rule on “principal purpose” of an “organised grouping of employees”.
We consider why some solicitors have chosen not to advise their clients on the Residence Nil-Rate Band tax saving opportunity.
The Conservative party manifesto includes a proposal to raise the limit for means testing of capital to £100,000. Wrigleys consider the implications.
The Conservative party manifesto includes a proposal to raise the limit for means testing of capital to £100,000. Wrigleys consider the implications.
Was a job applicant with Asperger's Syndrome discriminated against by being required to sit a psychometric test? Yes, held the EAT
DWP is consulting on draft amending regulations which would introduce a mechanism for deferring employer debts in multi-employer pension schemes.
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.
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
The Pensions Regulator is proposing clarity on its powers to impose financial penalties on trustees. The outcome may mean an increase in fines.
The Pensions Regulator consults on a definition of 'professional trustee' as we face an increasing drive towards '21st century trusteeship'.
Charity Commission finds ‘basic and serious mismanagement’ by the trustees in selling land for £15m less than it was worth.
Members of community led housing groups could find themselves having to meet SDLT liabilities earlier than expected.
A recent case warns attorneys about higher risk investments that benefit the attorney personally through IHT reliefs.
Local Planning Authorities ('LPAs') will be obliged to prepare, maintain & publish registers of brownfield land suitable for residential development.
An update on the Government's 5 year £60 million pa fund to support community-led housing.
The Supreme Court has ruled that an unmarried cohabiting partner should receive a survivor's pension under the Local Government Pension Scheme.
Her Honour Judge Hilder will be the successor to His Honour Judge Denzil Lush
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)
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) published new guidance on 3 March 2017 for professionals who are appointed to act as an individual’s attorney under an LPA.
This Law Society guidance has been eagerly awaited by solicitors and other professionals.
The practice note is available here which includes a very useful flow chart and precedent letters.
The new ‘Residence Nil Rate Band’ aims to put more family homes beyond the reach of inheritance tax.
As all PI litigators are aware, when victims of life-changing injuries accept lump sum compensation, the actual amount they receive is adjusted down to take into account of the potential for investment gains following accelerated receipt of damages. The discount rate has been set at 2.5% for over 15 years, during which time interest rates […]
A comprehensive report by Age UK adding to the debate about the long term viability of funding for the care of older people.
A recent legal ruling on TUPE service provision changes to decide whether activities carried out afterwards are “fundamentally the same” as before.
Draft regulations bring relief to maintained schools with less than 250 employees.
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.
In her article for the changesu.org blog, Laura Moss looks at the advantages and disadvantages for students' unions of incorporation.
What can academies do with cash they don't immediately need?
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.
Yes, maybe. Schools should be aware that an unclear COT3 settlement agreement could allow an employee to bring future employment tribunal claims.
A day of recognition for family businesses; the backbone of the Yorkshire economy and so often the bedrock of their communities.
A reminder to schools & charities following an inquiry that found a charity had permitted its website and social media to promote terrorist causes.
Amy Youngman considers what happens to joint accounts after someone loses mental capacity or dies
A roundtable discussion amongst private client experts from Florida, Texas and New York - plus the European jurisdictions of the UK, Portugal & Malta.
From April 2017, new regulations set a target number of apprenticeship starts for public sector employers of 2.3% of their total workforce.
Not in this case, which involved a statutory will application brought in accordance with a previous court-approved compromise agreement
An article for community led housing groups featuring a link to HMRC's SDLT calculator and a summary of potential traps
Solicitor Stuart Armstrong of SV Armstrong has developed a Health & Safety Leadership Checklist as an introduction for those managing academies.
A Judge orders independent advice on the appropriateness of a PI Trust and warns that courts won’t merely “rubber stamp” settlements.
In a report relevant for academies and maintained schools, an ICO investigation concluded that charities had breached the Data Protection Act.