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Services for Independent Education Specialist legal advice with capacity to deliver


What services can we offer your I We act for over 800 schools in the independent and maintained sectors. As

Governance/Charity/Company Law

well as acting for individual schools, we act for trusts and other organisations

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clients with constitutional issues and with

operating multiple schools and have a deep sector knowledge that enables

all aspects of governance and operational leadership,

us to deal with some of the most challenging strategic and operational

with particular experience in balancing the respective requirements of trustees and the school executive

issues across the sector, whether that be governance, safeguarding, staff issues, parental complaints, fee collection, mergers & demergers,

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Acting for charities “hiving off” schools

construction law or intellectual property.

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Advice to charitable funds supporting Schools

Members of our team contribute to the work of schools as governors

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relationships with national organisations in the independent schools sector,

provision of bespoke training for governors and

trustees

and trustees of educational charities and we have excellent networking u

including the ISC, Inspiring Futures, ISA, ISBA and CISC.

Advising clients on all aspects of public benefit, including a bespoke “audit” of their school

Through this wide school client base and our sector contacts, we genuinely understand both the challenges and opportunities for independent schools.

Education Law and Pastoral Support

Our expertise allows us to help schools be proactive rather than reactive in

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Advice on operational issues such as the interpretation of parent contract terms and conditions, disability and other

responding to key legal demands.

equality duties. We have a particular expertise in Special Educational Needs

National Quality at an Affordable Price We are independently rated by Chambers UK as one of the joint top-three

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firms for education law (Institutions – Schools) nationally. We succeed in delivering this level of quality at an affordable price because of our regional

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All Your Needs Covered by One Service

members of our Education & Charity teams work full time on pure education

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teams) whose time is primarily or wholly spent in acting for education and charity clients.

act regularly in the establishment of new schools in

both the independent and maintained sectors u

Our education team has advised on the establishment of over 600 academies

and charity law/governance matters, with 30 other qualified lawyers (in our Property, Employment, IP, Dispute Resolution, Construction and Commercial

have considerable experience and a proven track

record in resolving parental complaints

school life. About 60% of our work as a firm is with education and charity clients, which is therefore truly at the heart of the firm. Currently more than 25

on all aspects of Independent School Standards

and ISI inspections

office structure and our flexible and clear range of fees.

We have specialists with significant expertise in all aspects of independent

on safeguarding children, safer recruitment and

visa requirements

Employment Law More than 60% of our employment team’s time is spent on work relating to the education sector, which gives us a unique understanding of the operational context within which employment decisions are made in schools. This work includes:

“ Probably the best education firm in the business ” Chambers 2014

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Preparing Contracts of Employment and Policies

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Advising on access to pension schemes

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Assisting in relation to capability issues

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Assisting in addressing grievances

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generally in relation to misconduct allegations

and the holding of investigations and disciplinary hearings


Independent School? u Acting

in Tribunal hearings including providing

Dispute Resolution

in-house advocacy

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We provide a school fees debt collection advice service

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Advising in relation to Transfer of Undertakings

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Providing bespoke training on employment issues

advise on all forms of parent and student

disputes, including breach of contract claims, educational negligence and non-employment related

Property

discrimination claims

We carry out all forms of property related work for independent schools, including: u

Acquisition and disposal of school sites

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development projects including advice

on planning / building obligations / construction

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team can assist with all forms of commercial

dispute u

We can act for schools in the criminal courts regarding health and safety and other enforcement actions involving criminal sanctions

procurement / uplift and overage u Housing

advice, notably as regards caretakers and

staff (including use by former employees) u Bespoke

Hiring Agreements for schools and grounds

and facility sharing agreements, including with maintained schools and the public sector u

We have carried out several portfolio reviews and bulk registration programmes for schools in relation to their registered estate

Commercial, IP and IT u We

advise on all corporate and regulatory issues

including statutory interpretation and guidance u We

have dealt with IP/IT and related matters on

numerous charity transactions u We

provide practical operational advice on data

protection and information management u We

have acted on numerous development projects,

including large international partnership ventures with

Construction u Building

international school operations

contracts - industry standard forms and

preparing bespoke schedules of amendments

Training and Knowhow

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Consultants appointments

We produce a range of publications and bulletins that

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Letters of Intent

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Collateral warranties

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Novation agreements

We also provide bespoke training for schools on request,

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Performance bonds

including a highly regarded workshop on Governance.

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Parent company guarantees

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PFI/PPP documentation

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Development Agreements

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Funding Agreements

address topical issues within the sector and we run regular workshops and seminars addressing current issues and legal developments for independent schools.

“ When it comes to education Stone King is a heavyweight firm with a strong team and very wide expertise� Chambers 2014


The Independent Education Team John Clarke Partner Education Team 01225 324494 jdc@stoneking.co.uk

Alexandra Whittaker Senior Associate Charity & Social Enterprise Team 01225 326767 aw@stoneking.co.uk

Caroline Banwell Senior Associate Employment Team 01223 451342 cjb@stoneking.co.uk

Vicky Salter Solicitor Education Team 01225 326794 vjs@stoneking.co.uk

Vicki Bowles Senior Associate Charity & Social Enterprise Team 01225 326789 vb@stoneking.co.uk

Victoria Blake HR Consultant Employment Team 01225 326759 vab@stoneking.co.uk

Michael Brotherton Senior Associate Education Team 01225 324481 mgb@stoneking.co.uk

Hugh Pearce Partner Commercial Property Team 01225 324406 hp@stoneking.co.uk

Amy Gordon Solicitor Employment Team 0207 3241528 arg@stoneking.co.uk

Ciara Campfield Senior Associate Education Team 0207 3241525 cfc@stoneking.co.uk

Julia Davenport-Cooper Partner Construction Team 01225 326783 jnd@stoneking.co.uk

Paul Sutton Partner Dispute Resolution Team 01225 324468 ps@stoneking.co.uk

Michael King Consultant Charity & Social Enterprise Team 01225 324447 mk@stoneking.co.uk

Catherine Sanderson Senior Associate Commercial Property Team 01225 326763 cls@stoneking.co.uk

Tony Pidgeon Senior Associate Dispute Resolution Team 01225 326781 abp@stoneking.co.uk

Ann Phillips Partner Charity & Social Enterprise Team 0207 3241733 ap@stoneking.co.uk

Kathryn Williams Solicitor Commercial Property Team 01225 324413 kew@stoneking.co.uk

Brian Miller Partner Corporate & Commercial Team 0207 3241523 blm@stoneking.co.uk

Š Stone King LLP 2014 04/2014

Rebecca Taunton Paralegal Education Team 01225 324434 rjt@stoneking.co.uk


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