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Academy Conversion Solicitors

Advising Schools on Converting to Academy Status

As schools consider whether to convert to academies, either independently as a single school or as part of a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), 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 and connections with local authorities and the DfE 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. You can download a copy below.

Why use Lanyon Bowdler?

Conversion experts

We aim to make your conversion to an academy as simple as possible. Our education team has between us acted on over 130 academy conversions so we are well placed to assist your school. The legal steps that we will complete for your conversion include:

  • setting up the academy trust and advising on governance matters;
  • transferring land and buildings;
  • transferring employees and any assets and contracts;
  • agreeing the Funding Agreement with the DfE.

We will liaise closely with your SLT and the DfE and the Local Authority to ensure a successful conversion. Our experience of converting schools to academy status gives our clients peace of mind that all their legal needs are properly looked after by experienced professionals.

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 us or complete our online enquiry form.

Accessibility

We are particularly well placed to advise schools in and around Shropshire, Herefordshire and North Wales, with offices in Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Ludlow, Hereford, Bromyard and Conwy; 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 our prior agreement, 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, education legal advice as they become familiar with the responsibilities that come with running their own charitable company.

For details of our wider education services, click here or talk to our Education law solicitors 

Register to Download Academy Conversion Guide

 

Testimonials

She was supportive and very helpful - will be recommending to others who need a similar service.

- Mrs E Sumner, Telford

Going beyond the responsibility expected to ensure the satisfaction of the client.

- Mr Shaw, Hereford

Direct line to acting solicitor.

- Mr H Williamson, Llansantffrraid

Detailed and up to date knowledge of our case throughout the whole process.

- Mr P Hill & Dr L Hill, Lincoln

Excellent service in a clear and concise manner.

- Derwen College, Oswestry

Quotes

Great communication and persistence with difficult defendant.

- Mr J Partington, Whitchurch

The team were easy to talk to and explained everything clearly

- Mr Price, Hereford

As a charity legacy officer I am used to reluctance from professional executors to communicate. I found him professional yet friendly and efficient at all times - very pleased.

- Cats Protection, Haywards Heath

Quality of care and sensitivity.

- Mrs C Shuker, Shrewsbury

We would like to offer our sincere gratitude for the kindness, understanding and professionalism you have given during this very difficult time. We would not hesitate to recommend the services of Lanyon Bowdler.

- Ms H Gardiner, Herefordshire

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