Our Commercial Property Department is recognised for its excellence in the Legal 500 directory, and can handle all aspects of land and property relevant to education clients and schools hoping to convert to Academies. We have all of the necessary skills and experience to provide effective legal advice on infrastructure documentation, licences to carry out works and leasing arrangements.
From our experience in assisting other clients we are very aware that commercial property and planning issues may arise either in the course of Academy Conversions, or generally for clients who are looking to maximise the effectiveness of their assets. We have also been appointed as advisers to further and higher education institutions who are dealing with changes and restructuring.
Our property lawyers are very aware of the needs of the Education Sector and very much in the forefront of providing advice to clients supported by and working closely with other lawyers from across the firm. We adopt a collaborative approach to work alongside our clients.
Schools considering conversion to academy status will need to review their property requirements and management which may result in complex legal issues as they leave the control of Local Authorities. We are able to assist schools in formalising shared use agreements and agreeing how best to manage nurseries and childrens’ centres on the school site. We are here to help schools to make their property fit for purpose for the future.
We are able to advise all categories of school that convert to academy status – whether you are a community school that will acquire a 125 year lease from the local authority; a foundation school that will be granted a freehold transfer; or a Church school that may enter in to a Church Supplemental Agreement with your local Diocese. Our education solicitors are also experienced in reviewing property arrangements for sites acquired by the EFA for free schools where you are seeking an independent opinion.
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