Through expert advice and a focused, practical approach, our team will guide you through and resolve any legal issues you have, whether you’re a school considering academy conversion, an established academy or a small local or large national charity. We’ll liaise with all relevant parties, including the Department for Education/Charity Commission, to ensure your matter proceeds as smoothly as possible.

We are experts in academy conversions and have extensive experience of advising on the legal issues surrounding the conversion of maintained and church schools under the Academies Act 2010. Our multi-disciplined team of education and charity, commercial, property and employment lawyers will guide you through all areas during the conversion, including advising you on:

  • Employment
  • Corporate Governance
  • Funding
  • Property
  • Due diligence
  • Transfer agreements

We see ourselves as very much assisting in the project management of the conversion process, liaising closely with the Department for Education, making sure all parties know what to do and when to ensure conversion takes place on the target date and within the timetable set.

After conversion, we’d hope our involvement with your academy doesn’t end there and that it’s only the beginning of a long and close working relationship. Without the support of the local authority, your academy trust will face a range of legal concerns in its new guise. With the support and advice of our team, we’ll deal with these concerns and protect your academy for the future.

Our team has also acted for numerous local and national charities, providing a first class service and helping those charities build for a successful and fulfilling future. Many members of the team also sit as trustees of charities themselves, so we have first-hand experience of the issues charities can face, putting them in the best position to provide practical and focused advice.

We provide a wide range of specialist legal services to charities, including advice on:

  • Establishment and registration
  • Governance
  • Disputes
  • Compliance and regulatory matters
  • Fundraising

Our charities team also includes members from our employment department and property department, which enables us to provide a complete and comprehensive legal service to charities whilst understanding the constraints of Charity Law.

If you’re a school planning a conversion, or an academy or charity needing advice, we can give you a free initial consultation to discuss your needs. Get in touch with our team today to see what we can do for you.