“The service has proved most cost effective in supporting our HR needs. The staff are friendly and response to our needs is outstanding, with a fast, efficient and practical solution invariably provided.” Woodlands School in Derby
“Laura’s advice has always been spot-on, even when I have thrown quite obscure questions at her she has always come back to me with an answer”.
“Coupled with the free seminars, including sessions structured specifically for the education sector and mock tribunals, FBsupport will suit other education sector HR practitioners.” Loughborough Endowed Schools, Leicestershire
Why should you and your school let us support you with HR?
How much does support cost?
Becoming a Client
Case Study Testimonials
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“The staff at Flint Bishop have a very professional approach, are knowledgeable and quick to respond with first class advice. The modular training sessions for schools were excellent and typical of the overall service we have experienced from the firm – clear, concise, practical and excellent value for money” Mill Hill School in Derbyshire
“We have really appreciated the friendly approach provided by Rob and the team at Flint Bishop. They take the time to understand how issues affect our ability to provide high quality teaching and learning for our pupils and work with us to find a sensible solution.” St. Giles School in Derby
“The school is very pleased with the responsiveness to complex legal issues surrounding union action.” Sinfin Community School in Derby
Employment & HR Support Why should you and your school let us support you with HR?
We now support many schools of various types, including Local Authority maintained schools, multi academy trusts and independent schools who have all chosen FBeducation as their support 'partner' and here's why:
We're legally qualified employment experts: the education team are highly regarded as experts in their field by those who work in education. This means that whatever the problem or issue you may have, we will have more than likely already have dealt with something similar and will be able to offer you a considered approach and solution.
hold of someone to ask for help when you need it. This is particularly the case in HR as matters move so quickly. We guarantee that you'll be able to speak to a member of the education team the same day - a quick response time is at the core of what we do.
When you need help, we're available: it doesn't matter how good they are, if you can't get
We give correct and consistent advice: your school will be allocated a solicitor who'll be your main point of contact. This ensures consistency and quality of advice. We work with all sizes and types of schools:
from small Local Authority maintained primary schools all the way through to large secondary schools, academies, multi-academy trusts and independent schools. The education team will get to understand your school and how the leadership team and governors want to work. Our experience of working with a myriad of schools means we understand educational issues and how best to resolve them and support you through the process.
in your office". Price wise, we're highly competitive when compared with the majority of Local Authority's and HR consultants.
We could save you money: regardless of the package you choose, it's like "having a solicitor
We reduce the risks of getting an employment claim: by working with you, ensuring that processes are followed correctly and all parties, such as trade unions, are communicated with appropriately and effectively, we help you substantially reduce the risk of a claim.
and qualified into the employment department. This has created a loyal and dedicated team of education specialists. We are passionate about building strong relationships with our clients and the stability of our team enables us to achieve that. A close knit team that communicates well makes it easier for us to cover each other’s clients when the need arises. We provide a personal and consistent service.
We have a long-serving team: most of our employment law solicitors trained with the firm
We get excellent results: where other advisors tell you what you can't do, we listen to you,
get to understand the problem and what it is you'd like to achieve and then give you choices and options that will get you there in the most effective and legally compliant way.
“We would just like to thank you for the excellent support you gave in converting the Federation to a multi-academy trust. Your commitment and professionalism was second to none and you have certainly made this academy conversion easier than we anticipated. Your patience in dealing with the Local Authority was much admired! We look forward to working with you in the future.” White Hills Federation in Nottinghamshire
“The solicitor allocated to us and the employment team have always been available both on the phone and to attend meetings.”
“Flint Bishop has liaised with the Local Authority on our behalf where there was an overlap of responsibility. This link has also been effective and very timely.”
“Compared to other services available, I would have no difficulty classing FB as excellent value for money. I would not hesitate to recommend this service” The Kingsmead School in Derby
“The service provided is of a very high quality. Prompt, efficient, knowledgeable and personable. Thank you.” Griffe Field Primary School
How much does support cost? We offer a number of different fixed price packages. After listening to your school’s individual needs, we can tailor a package that suits you.
The Basic Costs
Option One: Fixed Hours The first option is for you to buy a block of hours from us over a 12 month period. You can choose between 12, 24 and 36 hours over 12 months. Any unused hours will carry over into the next month but will expire at the end of the 12 month period. Costs for Option One
Price per Month
Up to 12 hours
£120 + VAT
Up to 36 hours
£360 + VAT
Up to 24 hours
£240 + VAT
If you exceed the allocated hours in the 12 month period, additional advice and support is available at a fixed hourly rate.
If you purchase either a 24 or 36 hour package, you will also be quoted for unlimited support and will have the option to ‘upgrade’ to the unlimited hours package if required. This means that if during the contract period you have an issue that will take you over your allocated hours, you already know what the total cost will be. Option Two: Unlimited Hours
Alternatively, you can purchase our ‘Unlimited Support’ from the start. This means that you’ll have unlimited access to your own dedicated solicitor and you’ll know from the outset exactly what you’re paying over a 12 month period. Prices for Unlimited Support are school specific and are available upon request. Both options include:
Telephone access to your own dedicated solicitor
An HR Advisor to attend employee meetings
Site visit at start of contract
Series of employment guides
Customer satisfaction survey
Invitations to quarterly training events
Regular legal updates
Offer to attend your cluster meetings
Becoming a Client We ensure every new and existing client receives the maximum attention, especially in any transitional period, making sure everything runs smoothly. First impressions count and we have learnt that excellent customer care from the outset and delivering on our promises leads to long term relationships.
Whatever your schools situation or status, our team of experienced education solicitors can handle any element of your HR and Employment Law needs. We're proud to be able to say we've saved schools money and time by improving practices and avoiding costly employment claims. As a client, we guarantee you will receive a high level of customer care and:
The advice you get will be from an experienced employment solicitor To be available immediately and to respond to your request the same day To give consistent and correct advice so you can make an informed decision To work with you to get to know your school, your processes and your school's culture so that any advice we give is in the correct context You will get excellent value for money You can rely on confidentiality at all times You will have any concerns addressed promptly We will speak or meet with you regularly to ensure we are achieving these standards
Can you speak to someone who uses our services?
If required, we can arrange for some of our clients to call you so they can share their experiences of the support they get.
What else can we help you with?
We understand you may want to look at other services in the private sector. We can also help with other aspects of your legal needs, including:
Wider legal services such as commercial contracts (for example, if you outsource services such as catering)
Debt recovery, for example if you hire out facilities and haven’t been paid
The Education Team
Partner & Head of Department
Associate Employment Solicitor
Associate Employment Solicitor
Senior HR Advisor
Our Accreditations Over the years our work and our passion for client care and our innovative approach to providing legal services has been recognised by both the legal community and the wider education sector. Based in Derby, we are one of the largest law firms in the East Midlands with 23 partners and over 200 staff.
As a full service law firm, we provide legal and HR advice and support to the education community. The quality of advice we give to clients and the innovative ways in which we deliver it has won us much praise as well as many awards and accreditations. Below details some of our successes:
The Law Society's Practice Management Standard Lexcel Quality Management Systems BS EN ISO 9001:2008
Environmental Management BS EN ISO 14001:2004
Information Security ISO/IEC 27001:2005
Investors in People Award
2012 Runners up in the MPF European Leadership Awards
Twice topped the 'Black Solicitors Network's Diversity' league table, an annual analysis of ethnicity and gender diversity in law firms
Winners of 'Innovative Firm of the Year' at the Halsbury Legal Awards 2013 including the Employment & HR FBsupport services 'fixed cost packages'
Useful Partners We have chosen to work with a number of external companies who provide additional services for the education sector. If you want more information, please let us know and weâ€™ll arrange for them to call you directly. Through our partners we can help you with the following:
Payroll: An improved service, including more time to submit details, an opportunity to see the monthâ€™s run before it goes, better IT and reports tailored to your needs. Occupational health: Quick turnaround with constructive advice and support.
Health and safety: Up-to-date information on the provisions of current health and safety legislation in schools and on-site audits if required.
Finances: If you are an Academy or converting to an Academy we can recommend a firm of accountants to help you. Expense Control: To assist schools of all sizes to reduce their overhead costs on a free-of-charge basis.
Employment Law Protection Insurance: In the unfortunate event you receive an employment tribunal claim; we can defend those proceedings for you. Simply follow our advice and any legal costs or awards of compensation will be covered by insurance (subject to policy terms and conditions).
DERBY St Michael’s Lane St Michael’s Court Derby DE1 3HQ
Tel: 01332 340211 Fax: 01332 207 601 DX: 729320 Derby 24 A list of partners names is available for inspection at the address above. Flint Bishop LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales. Registered number OC317931. Registered office: St Michael’s Court, St Michael’s Lane, Derby DE1 3HQ. Authorised & regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.