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Academy Conversions

To convert to Academy status, your school must navigate the breadth of requirements set out in the Academies Act. Whilst legal advice is advisable to do so, our dedicated Education team goes further than simply ensuring compliance. Our objective is to help your school capitalise on ALL the opportunities that Academies legislation provide.

SA Law’s Education team provides exceptional advice coupled with in-depth familiarity of the region’s educational community. We are also renowned for our cost effectiveness and high standards of customer care.

We can advise you on all aspects of conversion, including:

  • Funding
  • Governance
  • Property
  • Employment issues
  • Identification and avoidance of potential disputes

Our Education team’s experience, knowledge and expertise, coupled with our strong track record of working with educational establishments ensures that we are ideally placed to advise school governing bodies.

We can assist you from the first stages of exploring conversion and throughout the entire process, as well as assisting in the school development as an independent business enterprise post-conversion.

We are fully versed in the rapidly changing educational landscape in Hertfordshire, stimulated by the government actively promoting the opportunities presented by Academies Conversion and Free Schools, and by the reduction in the role of the Local Authority.

Education Team
Chris Cook
Chris Cook
Partner | Head of Employment & Data Protection

Chris Wilks
Chris Wilks
Partner | Head of the Corporate & Commercial Team

SA Law Gary Dunger
Gary Dunger
Partner | Real Estate Team

Tracy Lacey-Smith
Tracy Lacey-Smith
Partner | Joint Head of the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

Clare Mackay
Clare Mackay
Associate | Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

Helen Young
Helen Young
Solicitor | Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team

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