Schools & Academies

We know how schools work.

Our team includes specialists in every aspect of state-funded education, as well as people who have worked in-house for local authorities. We understand the sector, and we know how schools work – whether maintained or academies. This enables us to root all our advice in a practical context.

We have an enormous amount of experience working with multi-academy providers, converting schools and pupil referral units (PRUs) into academies, creating group structures, and establishing university technical colleges (UTCs).

How we help

We have experts on all the subjects you need, whether you’re a maintained school, free school or converter academy. That includes advising on admissions, exclusions, safeguarding, parental complaints, policies and procedures and commercial contracts.

We guide clients through employment contracts, policies and TUPE.  We help you keep public consultations lawful. And we give advice on making sure governors’ and trustees decisions are robust and not vulnerable to challenge.

Our reputation

  • Bates Wells has one of the leading education practices servicing the schools and academies landscape.

    Legal 500 2021