Schools encounter many legal issues when seeking to deliver the best educational experience for their students. These issues arise in all aspects of school life and include child protection and safeguarding, data protection and information management, the inspection regime and other regulatory requirements, admissions, employment, commercial contracts and relationships, the school estate, the parent relationship, governance, fundraising, partnerships and mergers/acquisitions.
Expectations and standards are high, and reputation is critical. Schools need experienced, specialist and proactive legal support to help them navigate these issues.
Our expertise in the schools sector
We advise independent schools (both charitable and privately-owned), multi-academy trusts and maintained schools, and global educational businesses. We work closely with:
- Head Teachers
- HR Managers
- Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs)
- Clerks and in-house lawyers
We also work closely with many school associations, providing support and guidance to them and their memberships.
The diversity of our client base and the widespread range of work we do means we are well placed to understand your school’s culture and priorities, as well as your specific legal challenges.
Legal services we offer
Our Schools Advisor Mary Breen, a former Headmistress for 20 years, further enhances our sector experience with her knowledge and understanding of the role of Heads, Deputy Heads and Governors.
Our team advises on the following areas:
- Safeguarding and children protection
- Employment and discrimination
- Data protection
- Dispute resolution
- School contracts
- Banking and finance
- Charity and governance
- Immigration and student support
- School mergers and acquisitions
- Family law