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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:

charity law.

◆ 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 or telephone 01223 451344.

Service B: Human Resources Retainer

Compensation Insurance

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

Retainer includes:


◆ 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 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 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 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 or telephone 01223 451344.

Key Team Members Roger Inman Head of Education team

Tamsin Wilkinson Solicitor, Employment

Nick Watson Head of Employment team

Michael Brotherton Senior Associate, Education

Stephen Ravenscroft Partner, Education team

Catherine Sanderson Senior Associate, Commercial Property

Graham Burns Partner, Education team

Paul Sutton Partner, Dispute Resolution

Stone King LLP 13 Queen Square Bath BA1 2HJ Tel. 01225 337599 Fax. 01225 335437 16 St John’s Lane London EC1M 4BS Tel. 020 7796 1007 Fax. 020 7796 1017 Wellington House East Road Cambridge CB1 1BH Tel. 01223 451070 Fax. 01223 451100 email:

Š Stone King LLP 2011 11/2011

Stone King LLP - registered limited liability partnership no OC315280, registered office 13 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HJ


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