Our lawyers understand the challenges facing schools and groups of schools converting to academies and have wide ranging expertise. We offer a cost effective, fixed fee approach with expert support to make the conversion to academy status a smooth and hassle free process.
We know that dealing with the legal side can feel like uncharted territory. There’s a long list of unfamiliar hurdles to negotiate when converting to an academy. Finding the right model for your school or group, the consultation process, staff transfers, the establishment of the Academy Trust, funding agreement, transfer agreement and land transfers - and crucial deadlines to meet.
While academy conversion is a 'well trodden path' for our lawyers, we appreciate that it is new to you and that every school has its own individual - and sometimes complex - legal considerations to address. Please see our top 10 tips for academy conversion.
If you are looking to convert to an academy, would like to discuss the various models available for school to school collaboration or are interested to find out more about the process, please take advantage of a free academy conversion consultation with one of our experts.
We offer fixed fees and discounted hourly rates ensuring you get the best legal advice at the best value for your school. For details of our fees and how we add value to the academy conversion process, please contact Chloe Brunton.
No two academy conversions are identical, but we’ve learnt that the process runs most smoothly when the school works closely with one dedicated project lead, with the back up of a large team with wide ranging legal expertise. It means our lawyers can get to know your school and work to protect your best interests, making life easier for you.
We understand the pressures on your time - meeting the needs of the DfE, local authority, parents, students and other stakeholders while running a busy school - so we work hard to make the process as straightforward as possible. Our experience makes us well placed to advise, guide and reassure you every step of the way. We’re available to talk whenever you need us, and can provide onsite help with consultations, briefings and training.
For many of our clients, academy conversion is just the start of the relationship with us. We’re delighted to continue as trusted advisors to many converting academies, providing quality legal advice through our HR & legal services retainer scheme.
We are a full service law firm, which means that we can advise you on any legal issue you face, including:
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Veale Wasbrough Vizards is a ‘leading light’ in the sector and has acted on many high profile academy conversions