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Services for

Independent Education We act for over 435 schools in the independent and maintained

All Your Needs Covered by One Service

sectors. As well as acting for individual schools, we act for trusts

We have specialists with significant expertise in all aspects of

and other organisations operating multiple schools and have

independent school life. About 60% of our work as a firm is with

constant experience of dealing with some of the most challenging

education and charity clients, which is therefore truly at the heart

strategic and operational issues across the sector, whether that

of the firm. Currently more than 25 members of our Education

be governance, safeguarding, staff issues, parental complaints,

& Charity team work full time on pure education and charity

fee collection, mergers & demergers, construction law or

law/governance matters, with 30 other qualified lawyers (in our

intellectual property.

property, employment, IPR, dispute resolution and commercial

Members of our team contribute to the work of schools as

teams) whose time is primarily or wholly spent in acting for

governors and trustees of educational charities and we have

education and charity clients.

excellent networking relationships with national organisations in the independent schools sector, including the ISC, Inspiring Futures (who are both clients), ISA, ISBA and CISC.

Governance/Charity/Company Law ◆ Assisting clients with constitutional issues and with all aspects

of governance and operational leadership, with particular Through this wide school client base and our sector contacts, we

experience in balancing the respective requirements of trustees

genuinely understand both the challenges and opportunities for

and the school executive.

independent schools. Our expertise allows us to help schools be proactive rather than reactive in responding to key legal challenges.

◆ Acting for charities “hiving off” schools ◆ Advice to charitable funds supporting Schools

National Quality at an Affordable Price

◆ The provision of training for governors and trustees

We are independently rated by Chambers UK as one of the joint top-three firms for education law (Institutions – Schools) nationally. We succeed in delivering this level of quality at an affordable price because of our regional office structure and our flexible and clear range of fees.

◆ Advising clients on all aspects of public benefit, including a

bespoke “audit” of their school.

Education Law ◆ Advice on operational issues such as the interpretation of parent

contract terms and conditions, safeguarding, the law governing educational standards, disability and other equality duties. We have a particular expertise in Special Educational Needs. ◆ We have considerable experience and a proven track record in

resolving parental complaints. ◆ We act regularly in the establishment of new schools in both

the independent and maintained sectors. ◆ Our education team has advised on the establishment of over 250

academies.

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

Dispute Resolution

understanding of the operational context within which

◆ We provide a bespoke debt collection advice service.

employment decisions are made in schools. This work includes: ◆ Recruitment

◆ We advise on all forms of parent and student disputes, including

breach of contract claims, educational negligence and non-

◆ Preparing Contracts of Employment and Policies

employment related discrimination claims. ◆ Our team can assist with all forms of commercial dispute.

◆ Advising on access to pension schemes.

◆ We can act for schools in the criminal courts regarding health and

◆ Assisting in relation to capability issues

safety and other enforcement actions involving criminal sanctions. ◆ Assisting in addressing grievances ◆ Advising generally in relation to alleged misconduct allegations

and the holding of investigations and disciplinary hearings. ◆ Acting in Tribunal hearings including providing in-house advocacy. ◆ Advising in relation to Transfer of Undertakings

Commercial, IP and IT ◆ We advise on all corporate and regulatory issues including

statutory interpretation and guidance. ◆ We have dealt with IP/IT and related matters on numerous charity

transactions. ◆ Providing bespoke training on employment issues. ◆ We provide practical operational advice on data protection and

information management.

Property We carry out all forms of property related work for independent

◆ We have acted on numerous development projects, including a

schools, including:

large international partnership venture with a major independent

◆ Acquisition and disposal of school sites.

school into the Middle East.

◆ Property development projects including advice on planning /

building obligations / construction procurement / uplift and overage. ◆ Housing advice, notably as regards caretakers and staff (including

use by former employees).

Training and Knowhow We produce a range of publications and bulletins that address topical issues within the sector and we run regular workshops and seminars addressing current issues and legal developments for

◆ Bespoke Hiring Agreements for schools and grounds and facility

sharing agreements, including with maintained schools and the

independent schools. We also provide bespoke training for schools on request, including a highly regarded workshop on Governance.

public sector. ◆ We have advised regarding consultants’ appointments and

Your key contact

building contracts in relation to school building schemes, including the related leasing structures relating to VAT efficiency. ◆ We have carried out several portfolio reviews and bulk registration

John Clarke Head of Independent Education Team

programmes for schools in relation to their registered estate.

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 Thirty Station Road, Cambridge CB1 2RE Tel: 01223 451340 Fax: 01223 314027

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