For many independent schools, property is one of the key assets. It is one of a handful of areas that frequently makes a lasting first impression on pupils, parents and staff. Schools are finding increasingly innovative ways to make the most of their property assets, whether through enhancing operational property, maximising income from third party use of property during school holidays or from making acquisitions or disposals in a challenging property market.
Strategic Legal Advice on School Property Assets
We regularly see schools making strategic decisions on their property assets from lettings to third parties and taking advantage of market conditions by using cash reserves to acquire adjoining property.
The property market is complex with ever changing regulations coming into force, particularly around the green agenda and planning, which means that you need to ensure you have proactive lawyers who can keep you up to date with sector trends and compliant with general property regulations and procedures.
We act nationally for independent schools on a whole range of property transactions and consultancy services. We therefore have the experience to guide you through the property project that you are considering.
We can advise you from a sector perspective on:
We can provide strategic input at the outset to a transaction and always seek to work closely with other consultants and advisers to ensure that both commercial and legal aspects are considered at an early juncture.
Our team has considerable experience of advising independent schools on compliance with the statutory disposal procedures set out in the Charities Act 2011 and work closely with schools surveyors to ensure that the processes have been followed correctly in the marketing and disposal of property.
Whatever type of project you are considering, we would be pleased to have an early discussion with you to help formulate the best approach for your school to adopt. Site visits are often invaluable and, something that we often find in the long run, can save time as practical points can be viewed in context.
VWV's education practice enjoys a stellar reputation in the market as a one-stop shop.