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Leeds: 0113 244 6100

Sheffield: 0114 267 5588


Wrigleys has advised on over 600 academy projects for both primary and secondary schools across all school categories. We act for numerous multi academy trusts including some of the most high profile and many who are growing.

Unlike many law firms we work with MATs in establishing their offering, ways of working and unique approach to leading school governance and school improvement. We do not merely do a conversion project and then disappear.

We also advise free schools, foundation schools, trust schools, faith schools, and teaching school alliances.

Our expert services include the following:

Academy conversions

  • Single & multi academy trusts.
  • Trust schools and foundation schools.
  • PFI, PSBP & BSF.
  • Church schools & faith schools.
  • Free schools.
  • Fixed prices to ensure you have budget certainty.

Academy transfers

  • Sponsored and voluntary transfers.
  • Fixed prices and discounts for multiple transfers.

Legal Support

  • Employment law & HR.
  • Academy governance.
  • School improvement SLAs.
  • Contracts / SLAs and procurement rules.
  • Land & buildings.
  • Collaborations.
  • Charity law.
  • Company law.
  • Pensions law.

School Expansion Advice

  • Collaborations & partnerships.
  • Trading companies.
  • Teaching Schools.
  • Academy Trust to Academy Trust transfers.
  • Expansion projects, change of category, acquisition of a trust and other prescribed changes.

Tailored Training

  • Breakfast and twilight sessions for governors & staff.
  • Regular events covering education, governance, regulatory, HR and commercial issues.

Academy Conversion & Free Schools

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Review of Paying for Residential Care: A Guide for Private Client Practitioners (Third Edition): Austin Thornton

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

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Abolition of event fees

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

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Property fraud: Taking steps to help safeguard against forgery

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

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Employment Breakfast Briefing: Redundancy Handling: A practical guide - 17 April 2018

Date: 17 Apr 2018

Venue: Radisson Blu, Leeds

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Date: 25 Apr 2018


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Employment Law Update for Charities 2018

Date: 26 Jun 2018

Venue: Hilton Leeds City, Neville Street, Leeds

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