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Academy Conversion Expertise

Our Academy Conversion Expertise

Our team of experienced legal advisers are genuine academy conversion experts. Our lawyers have been guiding schools through the transition since the first sponsor academies in 2003.

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Experienced Academy Conversion Lawyers

Our experience includes the conversion of every type and category of school from sponsor academies to converter academies, primary schools, grammar schools, PFI schools, church schools, maintained boarding schools and special schools. We also have extensive experience of establishing multi academy trusts and umbrella trusts. 

To help smooth the way, we have developed 10 top tips for academy conversion.

National Leaders for Legal Advice and Support

Our lawyers' proactive approach and successful academy conversion track record has been recognised by independent legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. They rank us in the top tier nationally.

"VWV is a ‘leading light’ in the sector and has acted on many high profile academy conversions" (Legal 500)

National Coverage

Our academy conversion team acts for schools and academies throughout England. Recent projects have seen us working with schools in places as far apart as Cumbria and Cornwall and Lincolnshire and Kent. We have offices based in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham. However, we don't charge for travelling time, so you can access our cost effective expertise regardless of your location.

Building Relationships and Ongoing Legal Support

For many of our clients, academy conversion is just the start of the relationship with us. We’re delighted to continue as trusted legal advisors to many converting academies, providing quality legal advice through our HR & Legal Services Retainer scheme.

The Benefits of a Full Service Law Firm

VWV is a full service law firm which means we can advise you on any legal issue you face, including commercial contractsgovernance & fundingacademy sponsorsHR & employment, PFI, capital projectsproperty & constructionpupil welfare & compliance and trading.

What Do Our Clients Say?

Don't just take our word for it that we know what we are doing and that you are in safe hands for your academy conversion - see what our clients say.

To discuss how our academy lawyers can help you, please contact Chloe Brunton on 0117 314 5301.

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Meet the Team

We provide academies with experienced education lawyers who are always on hand to give practical solutions to problems and the confidence to react positively to opportunities.

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Yvonne Spencer - Partner & Education Lawyer in London - VWV Law Firm
Alice Reeve - Education Employment Lawyer in Bristol - VWV Law Firm
Matthew Wolton -Partner in Bristol

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21 Jun 2022
VWV Supports Local Schools With Computer Equipment Donation
VWV has donated IT equipment to Norton Hill School and other schools across the Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership.
16 Jun 2022