Fixed Fee Retainer Service for Academies
Why a Stone King Fixed Fee Retainer? “An essential service I would never wish to be without” Chambers Independent Guide to the Legal Profession We understand that schools have day-to-day legal questions that they need answering quickly and without concern for cost. The Stone King Retainer
Service A: Legal Support Retainer In exchange for a termly fixed fee paid in advance you will receive:
is designed to provide quality, routine advice with
◆ Support for your academy governance, including your company
the minimum of fuss. We offer a range of services
secretarial function, and all necessary help with company and
on a fixed fee basis which deliver:
◆ A swift response: we answer most requests for
help immediately and will respond to all requests within one working day. ◆ Robust advice: we are independent of local and
national government and our sole focus is to offer
◆ Initial advice and assistance on all forms of legal advice needed, including: ● employment ● admissions ● education provision (including SEN, equality issues and pupil
behaviour) and all other pupil, pastoral and parent issues
committed, independent support for schools. ● health and safety and school property ◆ A practical, concise approach that seeks to
resolve your issue within a few telephone calls or emails. ◆ Clarity about the cost of ongoing, larger matters
and a discount on our usual rates. ◆ The benefit of our sector knowledge gained
daily from our work for over 400 state funded schools and our network of connections in the education sector. We are genuine legal specialists
● relationships with commercial providers, contracts and procurement ● relations with local and national government ◆ No limit on the number of matters that you can ask us to help with. ◆ A 5% discount on our normal hourly rates if further assistance is needed
on more detailed matters which cannot be resolved within an hour or two of initial work under the fixed fee service. ◆ We will respond immediately when possible and always within one
working day of receiving your query.
in all aspects of school life. ◆ You will receive a free concise legal briefing by email from our ◆ A service personal to you: an individual member
in our team will act as your key contact, ensuring
specialists once a month with direct access to them to discuss legal developments.
that you have access to exactly the right specialist in our team. ◆ National quality delivered on a local basis: we
can travel to visit you as needed from our network of offices at the same cost as any local law firm. ◆ Knowhow and training support including a
concise monthly email update. ◆ No small print: you can end the agreement on
one term’s notice. Our full range of retainer services is set out on the following pages.
◆ 50% discount on our training seminars. ◆ A senior member of our team will act as your key contact with overall
responsibility for our relationship with you including: ● An initial visit to assess your particular requirements. ● Making sure you have direct contact with the various team
specialists that you need including a nominated education law specialist and employment law specialist. ● Clarity as to what routine work can be done under the Retainer
and what will be involved if you require more extensive help. If at any time it becomes apparent that it is not practical to resolve things quickly, we will inform you immediately, discuss the fee implications and secure your agreement before you incur any additional costs on a discounted basis. For further information and current rates please contact Roger Inman, Head of our Education Team on RogerInman@stoneking.co.uk or telephone 01223 451344.
Service B: Human Resources Retainer
Unusually for a firm of solicitors we have a dedicated team of HR
This can be added to any of our service levels to ensure that the
Consultants within our Employment Team. The Human Resources
School is covered against compensation costs as well as legal
◆ An initial review of contracts of employment and employment
◆ Depending on the policy terms that are entered into, cover can
policies. ◆ Telephone and email HR advice for the Senior Leadership Team
and Governors. ◆ Advice regarding STPCD, Burgundy Book, Green Book and other
collective agreements. ◆ Advice on individual contractual terms. ◆ Advice on policies and procedures.
be obtained for adverse Tribunal Awards or adverse Tribunal Awards and legal costs relating to such proceedings. ◆ We receive no commission or payment from the insurer concerned. ◆ We work closely with the insurer who trusts us to deal with the
matter with you appropriately without undue interference. ◆ The premium in relation to this element of the service is
dependent upon staff numbers/payroll and claims history. If you are interested in this service please let us know and we will obtain
◆ Assistance with consultation on introduction of and change of
the necessary information from you to provide you with a quote.
policies. For further information please contact Nick Watson, Head of ◆ Advice in managing the routine aspects of individual cases
(e.g. redundancy, disciplinary, capability, ill health and grievance).
our Employment Team on NickWatson@stoneking.co.uk or telephone 01225 324435.
◆ Advice with advertising new roles, interview process, references. ◆ Absence management. ◆ Exit interviews.
In all our fixed rate services:
If an issue turns from HR to legal so that it is no longer appropriate to deal with it under the HR service, we will discuss that with you. It might then move to our Legal Support Retainer (if also taken under Service C below), or to a separate matter.
◆ We do not require you to enter into a long term commitment:
just let us know before the start of a School term if you do not wish to continue with the Retainer service during that term.
For further information and current rates please contact Nick Watson, Head of our Employment Team on NickWatson@stoneking.co.uk or telephone 01225 324435.
Service C: Combined Legal Support Retainer and HR Support Retainer These services can be purchased together at a discount. For further information and current rates please contact Roger Inman, Head of our Education Team on RogerInman@stoneking.co.uk or telephone 01223 451344.
◆ We will regularly review the usage and rate that we charge
for your service.
For further information on any Stone King service please contact Roger Inman on RogerInman@stoneking.co.uk or telephone 01223 451344.
Key Team Members Roger Inman Head of Education team firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamsin Wilkinson Solicitor, Employment email@example.com
Nick Watson Head of Employment team firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Brotherton Senior Associate, Education email@example.com
Stephen Ravenscroft Partner, Education team firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Sanderson Senior Associate, Commercial Property email@example.com
Graham Burns Partner, Education team firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Sutton Partner, Dispute Resolution email@example.com
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