Although the notional deadline by which all schools had to convert to academy status has long since passed, conversion is still the Government’s preferred option.
Watson Burton led the way by advising on the first academy conversions in the North East and has worked on more than 50 similar projects since then. Our knowledge of what the legal process, together with good working relationships with officials in the Department for Education and Local Authorities, is of considerable benefit to our clients.
Outside of other academy conversion work, we understand the challenging issues faced by clients in this sector. Whether this involves changes to the curriculum, budget cutbacks or OFSTED monitoring, schools have to rise to a number of challenges. At Watson Burton our aim is to work with you, understanding your objectives, ensuring your legal needs are met effectively and efficiently, allowing you the time to concentrate on teaching and learning.
As a commercial law firm, we have the resources to help schools and academies realise their strategic objectives and resolve their operational issues. Our services include academy conversions, establishing multi-academy trusts, re-brokering existing academies, establishing alternative provision academies, studio schools and university technical colleges. We also advise on human resources, property development and estates management, construction, commercial transactions, public procurement, funding, and PFI issues amongst others.
We have dealt with complex conversions, mergers, expansion programmes and projects relating to improvement and your statutory duties.
We have an impressive track-record advising schools and Governors. From our involvement in the first conversion in the North East, we have also helped academies and multi academy trusts with their full range of commercial and legal needs. Recent examples include:
Discipline and a Criminal Investigation
New School Sites Project
Further Education Conversion of Federation and Complex Academy Programme