We believe in education as a force for good in society.

Education is vital for everyone; it’s a force for social change. That’s why we work with you in partnership, investing in your values and moral purpose – the reason you educate. We aim to make a positive impact in society and we’re as immersed in the policy context as we are in the law.

We're highly ranked in the Legal 500 for schools, and we have more than 30 years’ experience in education.

We work with nurseries, schools and multi-academy trusts, as well as institutions in further, higher and adult education.

Beyond that, we’ve worked with regulators, local authorities and awarding bodies.

How we help

We’re a full-service firm, so we can offer every legal service you could need. We can help establish, merge, federate, transfer, restructure or convert an institution. We help with governance and constitutions.

We deal with everything from inspections, disciplinary procedures to FOI requests. We’ll also protect your intellectual property as well as dealing with visas and immigration. We help prevent and resolve disputes, from governance and other organisational issues with shareholders, to disputes with suppliers and other third parties.

Whatever you need, we’ll be there to support and advise you.

  • Very prompt, informative and knowledgeable,

    Chambers 2020

  • Bates Wells is simply the best firm for education with its unique combination of expertise backed up by first-rate specialist departments.

    Chambers UK

  • This is a highly responsive, knowledgeable and solution-orientated team, offering a highly personalised service across a broad range of services.

    Legal 500 2020