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School Mergers & Restructuring

Independent School Mergers and Restructuring

Schools have always needed to change with the times. In response to long term trends, many independent schools have evolved from their historical beginnings to become almost unrecognisable from the school established by their founders – redeveloping the school site, or closing boarding houses, becoming co-educational or extending or shrinking their age range.

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Some schools plan changes as part of a long term strategic plan. Others need to react quickly and decisively to sudden threats and opportunities to ensure that the school's business model remains sustainable, not only for current pupils but also for future generations, with the ability to generate surpluses for investment.

The stakes are often high and we understand that you need confidence in the experience of your legal advisers to guide you to a successful outcome. We can provide you with experienced education lawyers to guide you through the entire process, fully understand your objectives and help you to make positive changes with confidence.

How can we help with school mergers and restructuring?

Because the initial stages of major strategic change 'from vision to announcement' may be crucial to its overall success, we recommend involvement from our legal team from the outset. We have a number of key guidance documents for all types of project that can be supplied immediately when we receive your instructions. 

Wherever you are, we are always pleased to come to meetings to help you plan the best route to meet your objectives. We can also help you to assemble a suitably experienced wider professional team through our extensive network of contacts in the sector.

For specialist legal advice and support with school mergers and restructuring, please contact Barney Northover on 0117 314 5395.

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Our independent schools lawyers have a broad variety of legal expertise and offer a full legal service to the independent schools sector

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