Education: Institutions (Schools) - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Provides a full service to education sector clients, offering strong expertise in education-specific corporate work, litigation, academy conversions, child protection issues, employment and health and safety.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We could not have received better service and guidance."
Quality of advice: "Accessible and practical advice."
Quality of service: "A truly personalised service."
What's new? The arrival of education expert Alice Reeve from Rickerbys is seen as a real boost for the firm.
Work highlights Acted for The Lytham Schools Trustee in the Charity Tribunal concerning an appeal against a decision to allow a merger between two independent schools.
Advised the governors of St Michael's School and administrators Grant Thornton on the closure of the school and administration of the charity.
Head of department Barney Northover is "extremely aware of the potential risks in commercial ventures," and is "able to provide sound advice on M&A activity." He focuses on strategic matters for education sector clients.
Simon Bevan is "right at the top of his game" and is "pragmatic and easy to deal with," according to sources. Clients recommend him as he "offers excellent advice, is always calm and professional and inspires confidence." He specialises in employment law.
Yvonne Spencer is highly regarded for pastoral issues affecting public maintained schools. Clients appreciate that she "provides sound, strategic level advice with a good understanding of the risks to which the school might be exposed."
Alice Reeve joins the firm from Rickerbys, and provides "comprehensive and commercial advice," according to sources. She advises on employment matters and brings experience of academy conversions.
Significant clients Rugby School, the Education Funding Agency, North London Collegiate School, St Paul's School, Berkhamsted Schools Group.