It is an interesting but challenging time for many of our school clients and our multi-disciplinary team of experts have a strong track record of acting for many well-known and successful schools within the independent and state sectors.
As such, we can provide support on a wide variety of issues including charity law and governance, employment law, property and construction matters, dispute resolution and data protection. We are also well placed to provide broader strategic advice and advise on commercial arrangements with third parties.
We are witnessing how government policy and straitened times have forced unprecedented change on the sector and we have assisted many of our school clients to navigate their way through the changes and have helped them to identify and pursue new opportunities. Our school clients are requesting our assistance on a diverse range of innovative strategies, such as the ability to pursue international aims, the development of lucrative alternative income streams, and mergers and collaborations with others in order to achieve efficiencies and economies of scale without compromising the delivery of a first class education to their pupils.
We run bespoke and general governor training sessions advising school governors on their duties and responsibilities as school governors, charity trustees and company directors, and their relationship with the head, bursar and other staff.
School mergers and reconstructions
We have advised and assisted several clients through the delicate subject of school mergers from initial exploratory discussions through to post merger integration issues, and reconstructions whether due to financial issues or otherwise.
International franchising arrangements
Advising a well-known school on international franchising arrangements in the Middle East.
Advising a number of academies on the conversion process and in particular on land issues arising in the course of the conversion.
Advising on dealings with the Charity Commission including the historical use of permanent endowment and Charity Commission Schemes and Orders.
Advising a prominent nationally known independent school on its investment and other property portfolios.
We have advised groups of schools on appropriate legal documentation to govern their working relationships.