Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Education Law solicitors provide ongoing strategic support and commercial advice to various educational institutions in non-contentious areas of Education Law, such as conversion to Academy status, funding, property, governance and staffing matters.

Conversion to Academy Status

The Academies Act received Royal Assent on 27 July 2010, since when schools have been converting to Academies at a rapid rate. The Academies programme has fundamentally changed schools and education provision in England and Wales.

There are significant benefits to schools considering converting to Academy status including greater control over budgets and finances, capacity to set staff pay and conditions, flexibility from the national curriculum and ability to alter school days and terms.

However, every school will face unique challenges before and during the conversion process.

This is why Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Education Law solicitors are here.

We pledge to provide every client with outstanding personal service and communication, unrivalled industry knowledge and a proven track record of successfully representing schools wishing to convert to Academy status.

How do we achieve this?

The Attwaters Jameson Hill Education Law team comprises skilled legal advisors in the Employment, Corporate and Property Law sectors. This guarantees a holistic, tailored approach throughout all key aspects of the Academy conversion process and beyond, such as:

  • Liaison with, and advice to, the Governing Body
  • Preparation of all documentation, including Memorandum and Articles of Association and incorporation of the Academy Trust
  • Advise on the TUPE Process, overseeing due diligence in relation to employee liability
  • Property and premises advice – prepare land transfers, report on title and prepare lease
  • Funding Agreements – to secure funding from the government
  • Advise and execute the Commercial Transfer Agreement
  • Continued legal advice and support post conversion

If you are a school, or other educational institution, currently thinking about converting to an Academy, Attwaters Jameson Hill’s team of solicitors are expertly placed to steer your organisation through the conversion process.

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