Experienced Academy Conversion Solicitors

As schools consider whether to convert to academies, either independently as a single school, with a sponsor school or as part of a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) or other academy group, we are on hand to guide them through their options and help to ensure that they make informed choices based on what is best for their school. We combine our local knowledge, understanding and connections with our depth of knowledge and experience in the education sector to deliver outstanding service to our clients. Our guide to academy conversion is a good starting point if you are considering conversion. Contact Will Morse, the head of our education sector team, to request a copy.

Why use Lanyon Bowdler?

Conversion experts

We make the conversion to an academy as simple as possible, dealing with setting up the academy company, transferring land and buildings, transferring employees (TUPE), addressing funding and governance issues and liaising with the Department of Education and the Local Authority. We share our experience of converting schools to academies, giving our clients peace of mind that all their legal needs are properly looked after by experienced professionals.


We are particularly well placed to advise schools in and around Shropshire and Herefordshire, with offices in Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Ludlow, Hereford and Bromyard: we can readily see you in person at your school or, if you prefer, at one of our offices. This means our clients benefit from developing close working relationships with us, knowing we will be on hand when they need us.

Fixed fees

We undertake conversion work on a fixed fee basis, providing price certainty and total transparency.

Service level guarantee

We are committed to high standards of service and, to demonstrate this, a proportion of our fee will be in your hands. If you are in any way dissatisfied with the service that you receive in relation to your conversion (and we will work hard to try and ensure that you will not be), at your discretion, you may withhold part of our fee.

Post conversion assistance

For academies that we have converted and those who have come to us only after conversion, we have become a part of their team, providing practical day-to-day, and not so day-to-day, advice as they become familiar with the responsibilities that come with running their own business.

For details of our wider education services, click here.

What to do next?

If you would like a no-obligation chat about your legal needs, please contact a member of the team directly by phone by calling 0800 652 3371 or complete our online enquiry form.