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CFG Northern Conference 2018 - Sponsored by Wrigleys Solicitors

June 2018

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

Converting your charitable company to a CIO

May 2018

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

How can we make our housing market better for young people

April 2018

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

Abolition of event fees

February 2018

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

Community rights

February 2018

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

New leaseholds to be abolished

January 2018

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

GDPR: what should charities and social enterprises be doing to prepare?

October 2017

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

Community-led housing: Lancaster gathering

October 2017

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

Breaking news… On the 14th September, the Law Commission published its report on Technical Issues in Charity Law

September 2017

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

Community-led housing: events coming up

September 2017

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

New MOU between DFE and Charity Commission

September 2017

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

Wrigleys private client solicitor named as one of the UK's 'Top 35 Under 35'

September 2017

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

Sources of finance for community-led housing

July 2017

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

Why become a Community Benefit Society?

July 2017

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

Uses of Community Benefit Societies

July 2017

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

On the Brink – A Co-housing community in Sheffield

July 2017

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

St Clements – innovative London CLT development

July 2017

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

HMRC's Trust Registration Service – ACTION REQUIRED

July 2017

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

Community - led housing gathering

July 2017

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

Perpetual affordability - a key aim for community-led housing

June 2017

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

Obscure law that community housing groups need to know

June 2017

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

Ground rents

June 2017

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

Partner promotions at Wrigleys Solicitors

June 2017

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

Discrimination: Adjustments for Candidate with Asperger's Syndrome

May 2017

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


May 2017

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

Community-Led Housing: A Glossary of Legal Terms

May 2017

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

Is your charity ready for the general election on 8 June?

May 2017

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

Charity trustees criticised for selling property too cheaply

April 2017

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

A helpful case on business rates

April 2017

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

Stamp duty land tax – members beware

April 2017

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

Brownfield site registers to be published from April 2017

April 2017

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

Community housing fund

April 2017

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

Court rules against a challenge to inheritance in the Ilott case

March 2017

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

£60m fund for community-led housing

March 2017

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

Positive news for community-led housing

February 2017

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

Should your students' union incorporate?

February 2017

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

Confused about stamp duty land tax?

January 2017

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

Is your school breaching data protection rules by information sharing?

December 2016

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

Important case for almshouse charities

December 2016

The Court of Appeal confirms the status of almshouse residents

Good news for self builders

December 2016

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

Charity Commission gets more powers

December 2016

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

Wrigleys boosts its specialist teams

August 2016

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

Charity Law Updates

May 2016

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

Partner promotions at Wrigleys Solicitors

May 2016

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

Sexting and the school: considering the wider impact

April 2016

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

Companies required to declare all 'persons with significant control'

April 2016

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

New higher SDLT rates for community housing

April 2016

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

The taxing question of Termination Payments

April 2016

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

"Mind the gap" – mandatory gender pay gap reporting

April 2016

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

Whistleblowing: when might a disclosure be in the public interest?

April 2016

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

Rising costs of employment for independent schools

April 2016

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

Schools Must Prevent Not Procrastinate

April 2016

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

Dismissing staff with less than two years' service: what are the risks?

April 2016

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

Brexit and the Bursar: a guide for the independent school as employer

April 2016

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

Social media spats: handling parents' on-line complaints

March 2016

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

When might a school be liable for a wrongful act of an employee?

March 2016

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

Parents in the playground: when parents get involved in their children's disputes

March 2016

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

Pulling a sickie or exaggerating the effect of illness may be gross misconduct

March 2016

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

Is your charity susceptible to fraud?

March 2016

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

Dyslexia: an issue in the staffroom, not just the classroom

February 2016

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

School Cyber attacks – know your reporting duties

February 2016

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

Will cohousing groups need to pay more tax?

January 2016

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

Schools' duties to protect...trespassers

January 2016

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

Schools advised to check LA Asbestos Reports

January 2016

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

Potential business rates savings for academies

January 2016

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

Employee Ownership - A comparison of 'direct' and 'indirect' share ownership

November 2015

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

Government ends tax reliefs for Community Energy Projects

October 2015

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

Wrigleys Solicitors welcome new lawyers

September 2015

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

The role of the Charity Commission

September 2015

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

Update on the Mexfield issue

September 2015

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

Tour de Wrigleys

July 2015

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

Update on Company Governance

June 2015

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

The Prevent Duty

June 2015

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

Insights on Innovation – lessons for the not-for-profit sector

June 2015

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

NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts - The Prevent Duty

June 2015

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

Give & Gain Day - 15th May 2015 - a national day to celebrate volunteering

May 2015

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

Wrigleys expand Charity and Property teams

May 2015

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

Dementia - A Free Legal & Financial Guide

April 2015

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

A family engineering business becomes employee owned

April 2015

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

Top 25 accolade for Wrigleys

April 2015

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

Wrigleys staff become Dementia Friends

March 2015

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

Free Webinar - Choosing the Right Legal Structure for your Co-housing Project

February 2015

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

Matthew Wrigley wins this year’s Presidents’ Award

October 2014

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

Ethical investments by charities: divesting from fossil fuels

October 2014

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

Are you missing the Charity Commission Website?

September 2014

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

Chocolate Giveaway!

September 2014

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

Service to reduce red tape for co-housing groups and community developers

August 2014

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

Wrigleys grows its Charity, Schools and Rural Property teams

April 2014

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

Government supports Social Enterprises by announcing tax incentives

April 2014

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

Establishing and Running a Bursary Campaign

November 2013

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

Extended Disqualification Rules for Academy Trustees and Senior Executives

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

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Alien Invasion: Japanese Knotweed

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

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When do Academy Trusts Need a Trading Subsidiary?

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.

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Employment Breakfast Briefing - 7 August 2018

Date: 07 Aug 2018

Venue: Radisson Blu, Leeds

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Employment Breakfast Briefing - 16 October 2018

Date: 16 Oct 2018


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27th Annual Charity Governance Seminar

Date: 18 Oct 2018

Venue: Hilton Leeds City

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