Expert education lawyers providing specialist legal advice to schools
Recognised experts in education advice to maintained, academy, independent and free schools
Blake Morgan’s Education team are recognised experts in helping schools and other education providers in all the areas where they need advice. We are proud to work in partnership with maintained, academy, independent and free schools across England and Wales to provide specialist, practical advice from our network of offices.
Main Areas Of Practice
We have a very experienced team of education lawyers. Our experience includes:
Governance and administration
Over recent years the educational landscape has changed significantly for schools. Our education experts stay up to date with proposed and upcoming changes to education law and regulation. We understand what these changes mean for your school and are able to provide commercial, pragmatic advice on all areas of governance and administration.
Mergers of education providers
Mergers between education providers are growing in popularity. Our education experts understand the key issues and can help you secure a successful outcome for you and your school.
Our education experts work with you to secure the best funding arrangements to meet your needs. This includes banking finance and funding for development.
DfE and local authority matters
We keep up to date with the latest advice from the DfE and updates from our local government team to ensure we are one step ahead and understand how changes to policy and regulations will impact you and your school. Where appropriate we can help represent and liaise with the DfE or your local authority.
Faith schools and academies
We are experienced in advising diocesan authorities on all legal aspects relating to faith schools and academies.
Employment and pensions
Our Education team draw on expertise from our employment experts to provide specialist advice on a range of HR and employment issues to both private and public sector education clients.
Equality and discrimination
We help our education clients better understand how the Equality Act 2010 applies to them to help foster an inclusive environment for the benefit of staff and students.
Education institutions hold a wealth of data on their students, partners and employees. We help you navigate the data protection laws including GDPR and Freedom of Information to ensure that your information is secure and compliant.
Special Educational / Additional Learning Needs
We provide advice in relation to appeals brought by children, young people, their parents or case friends relating to Special Educational Needs and/or Additional Learning Needs (from 1 Sep 2021 onwards in Wales). From negotiations relating to EHCs, Statements or IDPs in an attempt to avoid an appeal to the Tribunal, to representation at and the administration of Tribunal proceedings (through to appeals to the Upper Tribunal), we have the expertise to assist Local Authorities, CCGs, Health Boards and educational institutions in relation to their roles and responsibilities throughout the process.
Our education experts support you in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of your students and are experienced in advising on sensitive matters including child protection, safeguarding and health and safety. We also offer a 24/7 critical incident service in the event of a crisis or emergency.
Fitness to practice
If the conduct or performance of a member of your teaching staff is called into question, our education experts work closely with our regulatory team to provide expert advice.
Pupil and parental conduct
Our education experts advise on all aspects of pupil discipline, suspension and exclusions. We also advise in relation to the consequences of parental conduct.
Our expert team advises on financial arrangements including shared equity arrangements, fast track debt collection and security, consumer credit, staff loans and financial regulation.
Whether you are exchanging contracts for commercial services or making an investment in facilities for your school, we are able to help you secure the best outcome for you and your students.
We advise schools on managing their property portfolio from planning and construction right through to development and disposals. Our experience covers school buildings land, playing fields, staff residences and shared leisure or community facilities.
We work closely with schools to resolve conflicts quickly. We focus on finding a resolution so that you can focus on your students.
From fundraising and legacies, schools are taking a commercial approach to income generation and our education experts have the knowledge and experience to help drive forward and generate new income for your school.
Academy conversions and free schools
We act for schools, single academy trusts, multi-academy trusts and sponsored converters (amongst others).
Our clients include maintained and independent schools, free schools, academies and multi-academy trusts, educational charities, educational businesses, local authorities and (in appropriate cases) individuals and parents.
An impressed client characterises the firm as "slick and effective," saying: "They grasp situations quickly by listening to us, understanding our position and making the necessary recommendations about what we need to do and how to do it."
- Chambers and Partners, 2020
"Blake Morgan LLP's multi-disciplinary team, which is made up of litigators and corporate, real estate and employment specialists among others, provides 'an excellent service'."
- Legal 500, 2019
"Advises on complex funding and equality issues. Expertise in all aspects of safeguarding, employment matters and academy conversions. Comprehensive education offering for free, maintained, academy and independent schools. Acts for charitable trusts on matters concerning the Charity Commission. Strengths: A client says: 'They provided an excellent service'."
- Chambers and Partners, 2019
Advising on the rebranding and updating of a school's governance documents and constitution.
Advising an established charity on setting up a multi-academy trust company in order to sponsor schools converting to academies.
Successfully defending First Tier Tribunal proceedings where allegations of disability discrimination were made arising from the permanent exclusion of a pupil. All claims against the school were dismissed.
Lawyer - Chartered Legal Executive
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Our Public Sector Network event on Monday 26 July 2021 was on the topic of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018.Read More
We were delighted to host our Public Sector Network event on Tuesday 15 June 2021 specifically for those in the public and third sector. Guest speakers were Emyr Lewis, Head of...Read More