Wrigleys trainees qualify into charity and social economy team

Wrigleys trainees qualify into charity and social economy team

Laurel Sleet and Daniel Lewis have been offered permanent roles at Wrigleys Solicitors.

The new qualified solicitors, based in Leeds, are members of the charity and social economy team at Wrigleys, where they worked closely with a number of partners across the niches sectors that it specialises in.

Sleet, who joined Wrigleys as a legal assistant within the property team in 2017, undertook training seats in the firm’s property, charity and social economy, and pensions teams.

She said: “I had a fantastic experience as a trainee at Wrigleys and I’m excited to be qualifying into the charities and social economy team. It is a leading charities team outside of London which advises a wide range of clients in the charities and not for profit sector, so it is an excellent place to develop as a newly qualified solicitor.”

Lewis joined Wrigleys as a trainee in 2018 and has undertaken seats in the charity and social economy, pensions, and private client (including Court of Protection) teams at the firm.

He was also seconded to Wrigleys client Youth Futures Foundation to gain an insight into how a charity operates.

Lewis said: “I am really excited to qualify into the charities and social economy department at Wrigleys. I very much enjoyed my six-month training seat in the department, working on a diverse range of interesting matters, whilst learning from nationally recognised experts in this area of law. I really appreciate the friendly and collegiate way of working at Wrigleys, look forward to rejoining the charities and social economy team and contributing going forward.”

The Wrigleys charity and social economy team includes its leader, Malcolm Lynch, who is a former chair of the Ecology Bank and has advised on employee ownership schemes since 1987. 

The team also includes Sylvie Nunn, who specialises in governance, Peter Parker, who focuses on community-led housing and charity funding, and Chris Billington, who covers the education and employment sectors.

Congratulating the new solicitors on their qualification, Lynch said: “The talent and enthusiasm both Laurel and Daniel bring to the department is an asset for us. The range of sectors the team works in is broad and our newly qualifying solicitors have the experience across the sectors to also be an asset to the client’s legal team.”

Sue Greaves, training principal at Wrigleys, said: “We aim to retain all of our trainees on qualification, and it’s always gratifying to find a strong match between a department and qualifying trainee. We are delighted to have found two trainees who fit so well within our expanding and nationally recognised charity and social economy team.”

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