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27 June 2022

Notwithstanding Brexit, a recent EU case highlights the need for up-to-date evidence in support of deprivation of liberty (DOL)

14 June 2022

Helen Woodford has joined the Pensions team on a permanent basis, following her recent involvement with the firm in a consultancy role.

08 June 2022

We are delighted to welcome Antonia Moore to our Leeds office.

07 June 2022

Holly Marshall has been offered a permanent role with Wrigleys Solicitors following her successful training contract.

25 May 2022

EAT: employee did not reasonably believe in serious and imminent danger at work and so was not automatically unfairly dismissed.

24 May 2022

Move follows consultation which ran between December 2020 and February 2021.

17 May 2022

ONS estimates that “long Covid” symptoms have adversely affected the day-to-day activities of 1.2 million people in the UK.

16 May 2022

We set out the key takeaways for employers from this year’s Queen’s speech

09 May 2022

A look at a recent High Court decision which updates the law on trustees' duties in respect of investment policies and environmental impact.

05 May 2022

We look at the role of the accounting officer in ensuring their trust board complies with its regulatory and legal responsibilities.

04 May 2022

We are delighted to welcome Gabrielle Allen to the Sheffield Property team

29 April 2022

These lesser-known forms of discrimination may catch employers out.

28 April 2022

Matters to be aware of in the event of an untimely death before, or shortly after, a divorce or dissolution is finalised.

26 April 2022

With increasing infertility rates in the UK, is it time for better workplace support for staff undergoing fertility treatment?

19 April 2022

Ensuring recovery, rehab and reablement are commissioned within ‘existing budgets’.

11 April 2022

Dealing with an employee who may be a perpetrator of violence or abuse.

08 April 2022

A question of authority.

05 April 2022

Draft regulations issued by the Department for Work and Pensions still awaiting implementation date.

01 April 2022

Lynne Bradey and Isabel McIver give practical advice tips for trustees and their advisers in dealing with vulnerable relatives.

30 March 2022

Sheffield Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) accredited solicitor calls for residents to review their wills ahead of “Update Your Will Week”

30 March 2022

The government has begun consulting on draft amendments – responses need to be sent by the 7th July 2022.

29 March 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

29 March 2022

Changes to Covid-related sick pay from 25 March 2022.

28 March 2022

We are delighted to welcome Daniel to the Sheffield Probate, Trusts & Estate Planning team.

18 March 2022

EAT decision paves way for appeal on tricky interpretation of PILON clauses.

17 March 2022

An analysis of the current Office of the Public Guardian guidance regarding discretionary management funds when drafting Lasting Powers of Attorney.

15 March 2022

We look at how lenders view cohousing leases.

10 March 2022

What are the hallmarks of a fair redundancy process?

28 February 2022

Claimant was in business on his own account and not entitled to holiday pay or notice pay.

25 February 2022

The Charities Act 2022 became law as of 24 February 2022.

21 February 2022

Office of the Public Guardian publishes new guidance for NHS providers which will aid best interest decision making by attorneys and deputies.

18 February 2022

Legal advice and assistance for working men’s clubs.

17 February 2022

Four-week holiday entitlement carries over where right is denied, whether or not worker takes unpaid leave.

16 February 2022

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

15 February 2022

The governance and structure of sports clubs should be reviewed on a regular basis, which may involve considering incorporation.

14 February 2022

How do you conduct a disciplinary hearing?

11 February 2022

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.

10 February 2022

Measures a sole director-shareholder should consider during their lifetime to ensure the continuity of their business following their death.

09 February 2022

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.

08 February 2022

What are the legal risks of high staff turnover and reliance on agency staff in schools?

02 February 2022

As we move through life, we naturally start to think about succession and how we are going to provide for future generations.

01 February 2022

Reflections from our recent Senior Leadership forum.

31 January 2022

Employee’s genuine fear and scepticism did not override the vaccination requirement.

25 January 2022

Considering whether unincorporated associations need to take action before the deadline.

24 January 2022

This articles briefly summarises the usual role and responsibilities of the Employee Ownership Trust in hybrid and indirect ownership trust structures

19 January 2022

EAT decision highlights that abuse of the grievance process may give employers grounds to dismiss.

17 January 2022

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.

14 January 2022

Details of, and comments on, the recently launched HMRC consultation on reforms to the SDLT mixed property and multiple dwellings relief rules.

13 January 2022

We look here at the key elements of the DfE updated and consolidated guidance on external reviews of governance.

13 January 2022

In some cases, delaying legal proceedings to pursue a grievance process will mean it is just and equitable to extend time.

21 December 2021

Reflecting on the Backbench Business Committee debate, 14 Dec: the contribution of co-operative and mutual societies to the economy and public life.

13 December 2021

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.

06 December 2021

We look at property fraud and how the Land Registry can help prevent it.

03 December 2021

How thorough should an investigation be?

02 December 2021

While SUs have a variety of more pressing matters to consider, pensions are often the largest liability a SU carries.

30 November 2021

One of the partners in our community-led housing team is currently developing her own cohousing project in Cumbria.

29 November 2021

A new report released by the National Housing Federation offers useful guidance for groups.

25 November 2021

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.

24 November 2021

Watch our video in which the Wrigleys community-led housing team share stories of legal issues faced by CLTs and how these were solved.

24 November 2021

From 30 November new Transfer Regulations will enable trustees to refuse a member’s transfer request where a pensions scam is suspected.

23 November 2021

A case under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 highlights the importance of checking the ownership of joint property.

22 November 2021

Supreme Court confirms that offers which would temporarily take a term of employment out of collective bargaining procedures can be unlawful.

19 November 2021

The minimum age from which a member can access their pension is increasing from 55 to 57 from 6 April 2028.

16 November 2021

Reflections from our second Senior Leadership Forum.

15 November 2021

Recent case considered whether menopausal symptoms could have substantial adverse impact on claimant.

12 November 2021

Wrigleys recently hosted a climate café for community-led-housing projects, which generated thoughtful discussions and lots of buzzy energy.

03 November 2021

A High Court judgment has affirmed that minor data breaches, handled swiftly, won’t normally justify an award of damages to affected data subjects.

01 November 2021

Dismissal was not discriminatory because employer did not know about disability.

25 October 2021

A look at the key structuring and decision making processes which are put in place for a successful employee owned business.

19 October 2021

Additional requirements for academy trusts considering agreed exits for staff.

15 October 2021

Employers are currently dealing with a number of issues in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.

14 October 2021

How can students’ unions make their voice heard?

07 October 2021

Disabled Adaptations in Leasehold flats and common parts.

30 September 2021

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - what is behind the words?

30 September 2021

The provisions of the Pension Schemes Act 2021 creating new criminal offences and financial penalties come into force on 1 October 2021.

29 September 2021

The effects of The Payment Services Directive

28 September 2021

Tribunal decision will provide comfort for employers who sent pregnant staff home for health and safety reasons.

28 September 2021

Wrigleys are delighted to offer Charlotte Nutt and Imogen Taylor permanent contracts in two different teams.

27 September 2021

We consider the implications for the previous owners, the Trust and the employees on the onward sale of the shares in the trading company.

24 September 2021

Dismissal was unfair but decision-maker was not motivated by protected disclosures.

23 September 2021

Workers have limited rights to request paid leave.

23 September 2021

We explore Family Investment Companies and whether they could be right for you.

22 September 2021

School Aged Immunisation Service will be legally responsible for the rollout.

17 September 2021

Tribunal decision offers useful insight into how employers may have been exposed to claims during the pandemic.

10 September 2021

The deadline is fast approaching to apply for the next stage of the Community Housing Fund.

08 September 2021

We take a look at the increase in hourly rates which deputyship firms can charge from 1st October 2021.

06 September 2021

Ever wanted to live on a boat? – The community led housing (CLH) movement continues to grow, and we look at ways in which CLH might take to the water.

27 August 2021

EAT decision confirms that Tribunals should only do so in limited circumstances.

23 August 2021

Film company failed to defend claim on the basis that there was an occupational requirement not to be pregnant.

20 August 2021

Failure to consider furlough in redundancy context meant decision to dismiss was unfair.

12 August 2021

EAT decision adds to established principles on the reasonableness of paying for a role no longer being performed.

04 August 2021

This article aims to summarise the most important parts of the Subsidy Control Bill (the “Bill”) following its publication on 30 June 2021.

30 July 2021

Vaccination requirement will apply to most people working in CQC regulated care homes from 11 November 2021.

30 July 2021

Response proposes introduction of new duty on employers to take ‘all reasonable steps’ to prevent sexual harassment.

28 July 2021

New guidance from the Court of Protection on appointing the Official Solicitor in both personal welfare and property, and affairs proceedings.

27 July 2021

Will the proposals for financing the removal of Grenfell-style cladding affect community-led housing groups?

23 July 2021

Decision that a teacher was unfairly dismissed when they were not prosecuted for criminal charges is overturned.

22 July 2021

What can charities learn from the high profile collapse of the Kids Company?

16 July 2021

Have higher education courses during the pandemic offered students good value for money?

15 July 2021

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.

14 July 2021

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.

09 July 2021

The Information Commissioners Office (“ICO”) has published its decision to fine the charity Mermaids £25,000 following a data breach.

09 July 2021

Women are still more likely to have caring responsibilities despite increase in fathers caring for children.

08 July 2021

We look here at the benefits of good governance for schools and academy trusts.

05 July 2021

We explore the most appropriate way to leave money to a vulnerable young person in your will.

02 July 2021

A look at the key characteristics of a robust employee-owned business and how this should be managed for a successful future.

01 July 2021

Michael Wilcock has been offered a permanent role with Wrigleys Solicitors following his successful training contract.

30 June 2021

But EAT makes clear that misgendering may constitute discrimination or harassment.

29 June 2021

TUC calls for long Covid to be a deemed disability and highlights the ongoing and potential future impact Covid may have on workforces.

29 June 2021

Where changes to your charity have occurred rapidly, ensuring good governance and strong policies and procedures is vital.

24 June 2021

This article considers the main benefits, both financial, commercial and social, from transitioning your business to employee ownership.

24 June 2021

The latest Academies Financial Handbook, now called the Academy Trust Handbook, has been published. We look here at the key changes.

23 June 2021

Employee ownership can be a preferred option available to businesses when considering succession planning. In this article we consider why.

21 June 2021

We consider three formal structures available for employee-owned businesses and why these may be suitable.

21 June 2021

In this article we briefly cover the basics of employee ownership and what it could mean for the future of your business.

17 June 2021

Failure to explore negotiations with employee were key factor.

17 June 2021

Schools are already dealing with concerns about the possibility of vaccinating pupils.

08 June 2021

In this article we look at the numerous reports and policy papers surrounding tax reform.

04 June 2021

Government updates guidance to reflect step 3 of the roadmap for easing restrictions.

28 May 2021

Vaccination scheme had legitimate aims and that penalties and fines were proportionate.

27 May 2021

The government is due to release its new model shared ownership lease, following on from a recent consultation that drew over 250 responses.

26 May 2021

What employers need to know to avoid civil penalties.

24 May 2021

Lack of manual handling training in lifting disabled pupil was a fundamental breach of contract.

18 May 2021

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.

17 May 2021

Draft bill excludes community housing leases from new rules prohibiting the charging of financial ground rents on new, long residential leases.

14 May 2021

Our Private Client team considers the law surrounding the provision for cohabitees on death.

13 May 2021

When will the disposal of shares by trustees qualify for Entrepreneurs’ Relief?

07 May 2021

Wrigleys are pleased to announce the promotion to the partnership of Matthew Featherstone within the agriculture and rural property team.

06 May 2021

EAT: The way H&S activities were carried out was not separable from performing the activities.

04 May 2021

Community land trusts could take on a central community role in a post-Covid world by providing co-working spaces.

30 April 2021

Court of Appeal denies Addison Lee appeal following the Supreme Court’s decision in Uber v Aslam.

27 April 2021

Tribunal considers application of workplace protection in cases of ‘serious and imminent danger’.

26 April 2021

Workers who are permitted to sleep during the shift are not performing “time work” or “salaried hours work”

23 April 2021

Representatives will often find themselves faced with agreements or contracts to sign, including sponsorship, advertising, coaching or marketing.

22 April 2021

Considerations for school employers following changes to working from home and shielding advice.

16 April 2021

This case highlights the issue of stranded workers still being “ready and willing” to work.

15 April 2021

As the country emerges from lockdown, what do employers need to know about the rules on working from home?

12 April 2021

Community groups will be able to bid for funding from June 2021, to help rescue local community assets at risk of being lost.

08 April 2021

A large number of trusts that were not previously required to register must now register on TRS in 2022.

06 April 2021

This article looks at the ‘Coming Home’ Report, recently published by the Church of England addressing the current housing crisis in this country.

29 March 2021

New proposed measures continue debate on free speech on university campuses.

26 March 2021

Upcoming rule changes and what organisations should know.

24 March 2021

Review of the Government’s response to Law Commission recommendations for reform.

23 March 2021

EAT decides employees can transfer to more than one employer in a service provision change.

22 March 2021

Court of Appeal dismisses latest in series of cases brought by former magistrate.

22 March 2021

Court of Appeal decision highlights careful balance between freedoms and limitations of expression.

16 March 2021

One of the partners in our community-led housing team is currently developing her own cohousing project in Cumbria.

11 March 2021

Budget announcement signals more of the same for 2021.

10 March 2021

Wrigleys are delighted to welcome Will Foley to their Leeds office.

05 March 2021

Students’ unions that want to incorporate this summer need to start the process now.

04 March 2021

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.

04 March 2021

We summarise the main tax policy announcements.

03 March 2021

What does it say about Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax?

03 March 2021

The Wrigleys court of protection team will be delivering a series of webinars throughout March this year.

03 March 2021

Employer was entitled to dismiss in circumstances surrounding the refusal.

26 February 2021

Decision brings long-running case on key aspects of workers status to an end.

26 February 2021

This issue came up recently in the case of E v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham [2021] EWCOP 7 and here is what happened.

25 February 2021

EAT: assessment of whether employer took all reasonable steps to prevent discrimination should include deciding if a step is likely to be effective.

24 February 2021

The legal considerations for schools and academy trusts.

23 February 2021

As part of its response to the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission report.

17 February 2021

Regulations introduced in November 2020 have been scrapped due to ‘unintended consequences’

16 February 2021

Out with the old and in with the new…Brexit, the new subsidy control measures, and what they mean for your charity.

11 February 2021

This article covers what is reasonable, disciplinary procedures and discrimination claims.

05 February 2021

A recent case examines the so-called ‘costs plus’ rule when considering indirect discrimination justification.

26 January 2021

Decision took account of employee’s length of service prior to leaving the organisation.

25 January 2021

A closer look at your charity’s obligation to prepare and file annual accounts.

20 January 2021

Your questions answered.

18 January 2021

A closer look at your charity’s obligation to prepare and file an annual report.

15 January 2021

Employers need to be aware of this increasingly important provision.

15 January 2021

We are delighted to announce that Wrigleys is now a member of the Brain Injury Group’s Court of Protection panel.

14 January 2021

We explore what we have learnt about Academy Trust Governance during Covid-19.

12 January 2021

A closer look at your charity’s obligation to file an annual return.

11 January 2021

Wrigleys are delighted to have welcomed new solicitors and tax professionals into three different teams across the firm during 2020.

07 January 2021

EAT decision strikes balance between rights and protections created under the Agency Workers Regulations 2010.

05 January 2021

We look at the position for special schools and alternative provision following last night’s televised address by Boris Johnson.

04 January 2021

EAT: An employer’s motive and conduct in making a role redundant is not relevant to determining if a redundancy situation exists.

21 December 2020

When will large gardens and grounds qualify?

14 December 2020

Wheatlands Aire Valley Engineering Limited (WAVE) puts in place new employee ownership trust.

14 December 2020

GMP equalisation – our pensions team look at the outcome of third Lloyds case on transfers and consider some of the practical issues for trustees.

10 December 2020

Wrigleys are pleased to announce 4 promotions across the firm's 3 offices: Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle.

04 December 2020

DBS recommends employers change recruitment questions about convictions and cautions to reflect these new rules.

03 December 2020

What should schools and academy trusts consider before observing remote and face to face lessons in the Covid-19 crisis?

30 November 2020

Redundancy payments should be based on pre-furlough pay but what happens where employees have no normal hours?

27 November 2020

LMS a 21 year old with Sotos Syndrome, significant autism and some learning disability lacked the capacity to manage her own finances.

25 November 2020

High Court: UK has failed to implement EU law protecting workers from detriment on health and safety grounds.

24 November 2020

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?

17 November 2020

Recent case considered whether an employer could have prevented a practical joke that caused injury.

16 November 2020

Local Government Ombudsman considers whether deputyship costs should be allowed as an expense in residential social care means testing.

12 November 2020

We look at the key highlights for multi academy trusts from the DfE’s School and Trust Governance Investigative Report.

11 November 2020

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.

10 November 2020

Long-term affordability is often a key aim for community-led housing groups. Here, we outline models which can facilitate perpetual affordability.

05 November 2020

Formerly shielding individuals advised not to attend work during lockdown.

02 November 2020

Government announces furlough support as previously available at 1 August.

30 October 2020

Employees on maternity leave have special protections which employers should be aware of as they make key workforce decisions in the coming months.

29 October 2020

Is there a lower expectation of privacy for those working in certain professions?

28 October 2020

It’s become increasingly popular for surplus land to be considered by town & parish councils for community-led housing. We explore the reasons why.

27 October 2020

Is the LGO making the right call with complaints around deprivation of capital? We look at two recent decisions which have raised concern.

23 October 2020

Employers’ contribution to the wages of workers on the scheme significantly reduced.

22 October 2020

EAT confirms the Acas Code of Practice applied where a protected disclosure led to dismissal.

19 October 2020

Value-for-money is a daily concern, driven by funding constraints and compliance. So what are the key considerations for academy trusts and CEOs?

19 October 2020

At Wrigleys Solicitors, we have been at the forefront of the community-led housing movement for over thirty years.

15 October 2020

Health and Safety Executive guidance includes advice on supporting vulnerable workers and first aid cover during the pandemic

12 October 2020

Highlighting recent cases and guidance.

09 October 2020

The Secretary of State has directed that remote education shall be a legal requirement. So what does this mean for schools and trusts?

08 October 2020

As a remote education offering is soon to become a legal requirement, a reminder that safeguarding duties persist.

05 October 2020

A long awaited catch up.

01 October 2020

As a former academy trust CEO is barred from school management, we look at the lessons that can be learned.

29 September 2020

Key considerations for employers dealing with requests to work differently in the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

28 September 2020

This is an attempt to make it easier for people to record their final wishes whilst continuing to protect the elderly and the vulnerable.

28 September 2020

Employers must fund at least 55% of normal wages if claiming under the new scheme.

25 September 2020

The first Child Trust Funds have started to pay out this month.

24 September 2020

What are the legal considerations for school leaders?

23 September 2020

Particular adverse effects of delusions on the individual were not ‘long-term’.

21 September 2020

Government minister says HMRC is working on planning assumption of 5-10% error and fraud rate.

21 September 2020

The Wrigleys’ charities and social economy team is delivering a series of webinars this autumn.

18 September 2020

Is your school discriminating against pupils with disabilities because of Covid-19 risks?

17 September 2020

As covid restrictions flux and local lockdowns increase, agile governance is ever more important. What does this mean for schools and academy trusts?

16 September 2020

Public concern fails to trigger a meaningful investigation.

14 September 2020

Laurel Sleet and Daniel Lewis have been offered permanent roles.

10 September 2020

Unfair to dismiss for reputational damage when this was not put to the teacher as a formal allegation.

04 September 2020

The House of Commons Treasury Committee has taken evidence from a panel of tax experts on its inquiry called “Tax after Coronavirus”.

03 September 2020

Following lockdown and the phased and full opening of schools, we look at the importance of ensuring your contracts are up-to-date.

01 September 2020

Case helpfully clarifies an important aspect of the interaction between reasonable adjustments and s.15 discrimination claims.

25 August 2020

Recent case suggests a reasonable adjustment may take the form of an undertaking.

20 August 2020

Key changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and how to calculate termination payments for furloughed staff.

19 August 2020

Employers cannot claim the Job Retention Bonus where the employee is under notice of termination of employment before 1 February 2021.

18 August 2020

Court case confirms that members of charitable companies are fiduciaries and owe duties as such. We look at what this means for charitable companies.

12 August 2020

Court identifies significant factors for a tribunal to consider when determining employment status.

11 August 2020

We look at how students might request grading information from schools and colleges following results day and how to deal with such requests.

10 August 2020

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.

05 August 2020

HMRC has announced two new tax reliefs for housing co-operatives.

04 August 2020

Some key legal considerations for employers carrying out formal consultation processes.

03 August 2020

It's now over two years to the month since the biggest change in data protection law for a generation.

31 July 2020

The way an athlete was funded meant that there was no employer-employee relationship.

30 July 2020

Latest updates from the Law Commission report.

29 July 2020

Although offering an appeal is recommended, there is no statutory right to one in redundancy situations.

28 July 2020

Wrigleys are delighted to welcome Orlando Bridgeman to their Newcastle office.

27 July 2020

Law Commission recommends exemptions for CLH developments from freehold acquisition claims.

24 July 2020

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.

23 July 2020

The Office of Tax Simplification is reviewing Capital Gains Tax. We look at how this might affect Wrigleys’ rural clients.

22 July 2020

We answer the questions most asked by our clients about the recently announced Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday.

20 July 2020

This article touches on governance, charity law and conflicts.

17 July 2020

This article explains the legal requirements that come with exempt charity status.

16 July 2020

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.

15 July 2020

Plans include a Job Retention Bonus for employers who keep on furloughed staff and opportunities for young people.

14 July 2020

Follow our solicitor as she develops her own cohousing project.

14 July 2020

Recent case highlights the difference between working under a contract of employment and ‘collateral work’.

13 July 2020

We look at the law and our experience of transferring contracts from a local authority to the deputy.

10 July 2020

Complaints continue to be received by HMRC about possible furlough fraud by employers.

09 July 2020

We consider the ICO’s guidance for organisations conducting testing of employees and provide practical advice for complying with data protection law.

08 July 2020

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.

30 June 2020

The following guide summarises the key requirements that members and boards of academy trusts must satisfy when making decisions.

29 June 2020

What are the implications of monitoring employee communications in the current crisis?

26 June 2020

Tax tribunal decision offers helpful summary of the law on employment status.

25 June 2020

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.

24 June 2020

Sixth form colleges are governed by corporations or academy trusts, as exempt charities. We explore what this means and complying with their duties.

22 June 2020

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act is currently being considered in the House of Lords and is expected to become law later this month.

19 June 2020

Some of your questions answered.

19 June 2020

New Government guidance on flexible furlough published and new HMRC enforcement powers announced

18 June 2020

Increasingly, charities are considering including community-led housing as part of their activities - we look at some of the key considerations here.

16 June 2020

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?

15 June 2020

A look at some of the most common issues with poorly drafted Wills.

12 June 2020

Teachers are finding it understandably difficult to adapt to remote working.

11 June 2020

The importance of keeping your Will updated and letting people know where it is.

10 June 2020

HMRC to Allow Applications for Post-Transaction Refunds Based on the Replacement of Main Residence Exemption Outside of the Usual 3 Year Time Limit.

09 June 2020

The Wrigleys employment team is delivering a series of webinars on equality in the workplace this summer.

08 June 2020

Decision highlights the limits of a generic confidentiality clause in settlement agreements.

05 June 2020

The history of the trade union movement evidences the impact unions have had on protecting the health, safety and welfare of staff.

05 June 2020

We look at a recent case which has provided helpful clarity in relation to a school’s capacity to enter contracts.

03 June 2020

Government outlines changes to the Job Retention Scheme to take place between July and October 2020.

02 June 2020

Wrigleys Solicitors and Satis Education partner up to provide a comprehensive service for academy trusts.

01 June 2020

The Court of Appeal rule that the Right to Rent Scheme is not incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

29 May 2020

Important considerations for employers who have decided to furlough staff

27 May 2020

The key risks of changing terms on a TUPE transfer – even when they are beneficial to the employee.

26 May 2020

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.

22 May 2020

In this article, we look at some of the limitations of the B Corp model in improving corporate responsibility.

22 May 2020

How can the Covid-19 epidemic offer an opportunity to reshape capitalism towards a kinder, more inclusive economy?

21 May 2020

Why are criminals using international students and what can students' unions be doing to raise awareness and protect students?

20 May 2020

The Wrigleys community-led housing team is delivering a series of bite-size webinars.

19 May 2020

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.

18 May 2020

The Tenant Fees Act prohibits many fees landlords might charge other than basics like rent, deposit, and utilities. Are all your charges permitted?

15 May 2020

Employers face potential exposure to claims where furlough results in a reduction in pay.

14 May 2020

How can charities ensure they continue to be financially sustainable during the Covid-19 pandemic?

13 May 2020

How can employers avoid discrimination during the Covid-19 crisis?

13 May 2020

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.

12 May 2020

Find out how Wills help you to provide for your "blended family" after your death.

12 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 […]

07 May 2020

What happens next? Here are our recommended steps.

05 May 2020

The Supreme Court has final say on long-running series of cases caused by an intentional data leak.

30 April 2020

Further emergency measures are to be introduced to protect tenants from landlords 'aggressively' pursuing rent arrears.

28 April 2020

We consider important steps to take in this lock down period in relation to your property insurance.

21 April 2020

We consider the application of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to rural businesses and other Covid-19 related concerns affecting the sector.

21 April 2020

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme goes live, HMRC provides helpful guidance on calculating claims.

21 April 2020

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 […]

20 April 2020

We look here at the changes to admissions appeals procedures being introduced by the DfE in response to Covid-19.

17 April 2020

What issues does Covid-19 present in the estate planning context?

15 April 2020

We share with you some of the most frequently asked questions relating to COVID19 and data protection issues.

13 April 2020

The Government has further clarified some details of the Job Retention Scheme.

09 April 2020

For charities and social enterprises.

08 April 2020

This article addresses some of the types of insurance potentially relevant during the current COVID-19 pandemic and related effects on businesses.

08 April 2020

Executing contracts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

08 April 2020

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 […]

07 April 2020

We look here at the DfE guidance, published today, on school funding for the exceptional costs associated with Covid-19.

06 April 2020

The Government has clarified some details of the Job Retention Scheme.

03 April 2020

With schools closed, exams cancelled and new guidance issued on almost a daily basis schools are adapting quickly to deal with the current crisis.

03 April 2020

Many independent schools are facing extremely difficult decisions in the light of the Covid-19 restrictions.

02 April 2020

Many employers are facing extremely difficult decisions in the light of the Covid-19 restrictions and are working hard to find solutions.

02 April 2020

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has issued a series of guidance notes regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on UK pension schemes.

02 April 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is a "black swan" event and lockdown, social distancing and self isolation are the immediate consequences for individuals.

02 April 2020

Active risk management is a key duty of charity trustees. The Covid-19 pandemic is an example of a risk arising.

02 April 2020

The law offers contracting parties limited relief from contracts when they become difficult or impossible to perform.

01 April 2020

Charities and social enterprises are grappling with how to manage meetings in this new era of working life.

31 March 2020

An update for charities and social enterprises.

31 March 2020

In these uncertain and unsettling days we are all being forced to consider difficult issues.

30 March 2020

Employers need to consider how they will adapt to make sure policies and procedures are applied appropriately during the current circumstances.

27 March 2020

Scheme is open to all employers but those receiving continuing public funding to cover wage costs are not expected to use the scheme.

20 March 2020

We look here at the precise terms of the Government announcement and the options open to special schools.

19 March 2020

Dishonesty in investigation report was a fundamental breach of contract.

13 March 2020

Changes for employers to note.

12 March 2020

The Information Commissioners Officer (ICO) has recently issued reprimands to two schools.

12 March 2020

We summarise the main tax policy announcements in the government's first budget of 11 March 2020.

05 March 2020

Advice for employers on how to approach coronavirus and related employment issues

28 February 2020

And what impact does this have on the nature of protected conversations?

28 February 2020

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 […]

27 February 2020

Our solicitor Laura Moss talks about her own experiences developing a co-housing project.

26 February 2020

Do community-led housing organisations need to register with the Information Commissioner's Office?

26 February 2020

EAT confirms employee must show the effect of their impairment is 'long term' at the time of the discriminatory acts.

25 February 2020

The Spring Budget is due to be announced on 11 March 2020, will the Community Housing Fund be affected?

24 February 2020

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.

21 February 2020

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.

19 February 2020

When the decision-maker's reason for dismissal is not the real reason.

12 February 2020

Here we consider what tax policy announcements we might expect in Sajid Javid’s first budget on 11 March 2020.

11 February 2020

Judge finds views were incompatible with human decency and conflicted with the fundamental rights of others.

10 February 2020

An update in relation to the current position with the Probate Registry.

07 February 2020

Dismissal and breach of right to privacy were justified by potential risk to employer's reputation as statutory safeguarding partner.

06 February 2020

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 […]

05 February 2020

Lynne Bradey, partner at Wrigleys, welcomed Hywel Jenkins as he joined the health and care team in Sheffield.

04 February 2020

Recommendations for significant changes to the current regime are published.

03 February 2020

Good news for those who will potentially inherit more, but, the reality is that the Government rules rarely operate in the way people expect.

30 January 2020

Homeworking is becoming increasingly popular but employers should consider a number of important issues before agreeing to it.

29 January 2020

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 […]

29 January 2020

Will leaving the EU and the new political landscape mean more or less protection for workers?

27 January 2020

Are you a social enterprise looking for free legal support? We are pleased to announce the launch of our new legal clinic for social enterprises.

24 January 2020

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 […]

23 January 2020

Introduction of race criterion in pre-registration of interest interview process was direct discrimination.

22 January 2020

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 […]

22 January 2020

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 […]

17 January 2020

Employment tribunal judge was 'overwhelmingly' satisfied that ethical veganism met the necessary tests.

16 January 2020

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 […]

13 January 2020

EAT: threat was materially influenced by employee's refusal to work at site after rest break refused.

10 January 2020

Recommendations of Low Pay Commission accepted subject to parliamentary approval.

10 January 2020

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.

09 January 2020

Developers are adopting new practices in response to the proposed ban on leasehold houses.

07 January 2020

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 […]

19 December 2019

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 […]

19 December 2019

The impact of the FCA's new rules on what they term 'Speculative Illiquid Securities'

11 December 2019

Election manifestos promise key changes to employment law provisions in the UK.

06 December 2019

The Brexit Party's Manifesto includes only two pledges in relation to tax.

05 December 2019

We look here at the Green Party's key tax pledges in their proposal for a 'Green New Deal'.

04 December 2019

Like all of the three main parties' manifestos, the treatment of capital taxation in the Liberal Democrats' manifesto is limited. What can we glean?

03 December 2019

With the claim to raise £83 billion through reforms to taxation, we look here at the key tax pledges in their proposal to bring about 'real change'.

02 December 2019

We look here at the Conservative Party's key tax pledges in their proposal to 'unleash Britain's potential'

28 November 2019

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 […]

27 November 2019

Installing hidden CCTV leading to workplace dismissals did not violate employees' rights to privacy.

26 November 2019

Recent employment and tax law decisions highlight risk that "self-employed" individuals engaged through their own companies could be employees.

25 November 2019

We look here at the pledges for schools in the Brexit Party's 'Contract with the People', published on Friday.

25 November 2019

Employer was not found liable because it had taken all reasonable steps to prevent discriminatory act

25 November 2019

We look here at the key Conservative pledges for schools following publication of their manifesto yesterday.

22 November 2019

We look here at the key Labour Party pledges for schools and the National Education Service, following publication of their manifesto yesterday.

21 November 2019

We look here at the key Liberal Democrat pledges for schools and the early years following publication of their manifesto yesterday.

19 November 2019

Courts and tribunals are not obliged to follow it, but guidance may be used as evidence in proceedings.

19 November 2019

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.

13 November 2019

The £5billion question

11 November 2019

Employee made redundant after employer refused to allow her to continue to job share.

07 November 2019

We look here at the manifesto pledges schools can expect to see ahead of the General Election on 12th December.

30 October 2019

Acas has published guidance for employers on supporting staff who are going through the menopause.

29 October 2019

A tribunal must make findings of fact in regard to improper conduct before disapplying s.111A.

28 October 2019

A number of recent developments may extend whistleblowing protection beyond employees and workers.

22 October 2019

Employment tribunal: Lack of belief in "transgenderism" is incompatible with human dignity

21 October 2019

Could the recent growth in student housing co-operatives be one solution to the challenge of housing students in an affordable, fair way?

15 October 2019

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 […]

10 October 2019

EAT upholds tribunal's decision that conduct was unwanted but not related to the claimant's sex

09 October 2019

There are a number of interesting projects happening in York at the moment, the most high profile of which are:

07 October 2019

What do employers and employees need to know about protests?

07 October 2019

One of the solicitors in our community-led housing team, Laura Moss, is in the process of setting up her own cohousing project.

30 September 2019

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 […]

30 September 2019

How does this request sit within the GDPR framework?

24 September 2019

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.

24 September 2019

EAT agrees that out of hours GP paid through her own company was a worker

23 September 2019

EAT rules that a partly self-interested disclosure could still pass the public interest test

20 September 2019

The How to Rent guide has been updated

20 September 2019

Proposals to reduce ill health-related job loss

19 September 2019

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 […]

18 September 2019

Recent changes to non-statutory guidance produced by the Safer Recruitment Consortium

17 September 2019

Why schools might be cautiously optimistic going into the new year.

12 September 2019

Private Client advisor Lucy Hargreaves is celebrating her place on the definitive annual list of young private client practitioners across the UK.

12 September 2019

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has published a response to the consultation on a new statutory scheme.

03 September 2019

The guidance is designed to clarify key aspects of NDAs and signposts where to get advice from.

03 September 2019

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 […]

30 August 2019

The Wrigleys community-led housing team are hosting a series of lunchtime Twitter Q&A sessions throughout September and October.

29 August 2019

The recent case of FL v MJL [2019] 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 […]

28 August 2019

Court of Appeal confirms school was wrong to pay holiday pay at the rate of 12.07% of earnings.

27 August 2019

"Current model is dependent on individual enforcement rather than seeking institutional change" say Committee.

20 August 2019

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.

19 August 2019

EAT provides useful guidance on a developing area of potential liability for employers.

12 August 2019

Fiona Wharton joins the top tier Charities and Social Economy team.

09 August 2019

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.

08 August 2019

If someone is employed illegally, will they have any rights under the employment contract or any protection under employment law?

06 August 2019

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.

05 August 2019

The government is seeking public feedback on a number of work-related topics which may interest you

30 July 2019

Have you had any issues in obtaining funding?

30 July 2019

Court of Appeal confirms perceived disability discrimination claims are permissible under the Equality Act 2010

29 July 2019

Proposed community led-housing exemption

29 July 2019

Making a covert recording could be gross misconduct in some circumstances but the recording may be admissible in the employment tribunal

26 July 2019

Employers need to have a clear non-discriminatory reason for action when dealing with religious expression

25 July 2019

Keeping Children Safe in Education: revised statutory guidance is expected to be in place from 2 September 2019.

24 July 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.

23 July 2019

We have matched last year's success by maintaining their Band 1 ranking (regional guide) and are still a recognised National Leader (outside London).

23 July 2019

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.

22 July 2019

How might community-led housing help in providing enough rental housing for our ageing population?

18 July 2019

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 […]

18 July 2019

Charity Bank is inviting trustees, directors, CEOs and managers of charities and community organisations to sign up for their free event.

16 July 2019

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 […]

15 July 2019

Simplifying the design of Inheritance Tax

11 July 2019

Earlier this year this blog analysed the case of Re B: (Capacity: Social Media: Care and Contact) [2019] 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 […]

11 July 2019

We consider the recent findings of government research regarding the approach of UK lenders in relation to properties affected by Japanese knotweed.

11 July 2019

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.

10 July 2019

We look here at the key changes included in the Academies Financial Handbook 2019 and what this means for the sector.

09 July 2019

Employer could not reasonably be expected to know about a disability as employee was unlikely to engage with medical enquiries

08 July 2019

We are delighted to announce our new Wrigleys office, based in Newcastle, open.

04 July 2019

Potentially, a couple could have a combined inheritance tax nil rate band of £1m from 6th April 2020.

25 June 2019

The aim and intentions of the consultation, a summary of Wrigleys' response and the government's proposed plans.

24 June 2019

Inducements to forgo collective bargaining: the risk of penal awards decreases after Court of Appeal decision.

18 June 2019

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 […]

13 June 2019

Double vision correctable by wearing a contact lens in one eye did not qualify as a disability.

13 June 2019

The key findings and recommendations of the Timpson Review of School Exclusion and the impact on exclusions and behaviour management in practice.

12 June 2019

Despite the proposed fees increase which was expected in April 2019, as I write today the fees are still at the same flat rate.

12 June 2019

And what to do when directors go rogue…

11 June 2019

No discrimination where special treatment is afforded to women in connection with pregnancy or childbirth

10 June 2019

What do you need to know about employing children?

07 June 2019

Key aspects to bear in mind when offering volunteering and work experience

06 June 2019

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.

04 June 2019

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 […]

30 May 2019

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.

29 May 2019

Consultation raises the prospect of greater company compliance requirements in future

29 May 2019

EAT decision confirms that the key question is 'what effect does the discrimination have on the individual?'

29 May 2019

A recent case highlights the difficulties employers face when new evidence comes to light at appeal

28 May 2019

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 […]

24 May 2019

An agreed exit for school staff via a settlement agreement may be trickier than you think…

22 May 2019

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.

21 May 2019

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 […]

17 May 2019

An agreed exit for school staff via a settlement agreement may be trickier than you think…

16 May 2019

The range of options available, and the importance of acting early with professional input

15 May 2019

A recent case considered a warden and receptionist being on call overnight at a caravan site