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Commercial Property Solicitors for Schools and Academies

Our Commercial Property Department is recognised for its excellence in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, 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 team are also experienced in reviewing property arrangements for sites acquired by the EFA for free schools where you are seeking an independent opinion.

The 2019 edition of The Legal 500 recommends 'plannng specialist' David Brammer and 'property expert' Andrew Evans.

Contact Lanyon Bowdler

If you would like a no-obligation friendly chat about your legal needs, call us or complete our online enquiry form.

Testimonials

Very professional standards and advice.

- Mr S Barnes & J Barnes, Hereford

The staff made me feel valued and always took the time to listen to my concerns

- Ms Castell, Shrewsbury

They were very experienced and very professional, offering a top class service

- Mr V Jones, Pontesbury

Staff are most helpful and understanding

- Mrs Edwards, Oswestry

Ed provided utmost confidence throughout the process and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to other clients.

- Mr J Ostler, Hereford

Quotes

Very good team across many disciplines.

- Woodland Heritage Ltd, Surrey

Helpful and courteous. Took time to explain complex issues.

- Mr J Barrett & Mrs W Barrett, Oswestry

Everyone was kind and understanding, she was brilliant - explained every part of the procedure. Totally recommend Lanyon Bowdler's services.

- Mrs A Harris, Ludlow

As a Welsh speaker, I attach great importance to being able to communicate in Welsh with my solicitor - as I can with him.

- Mr H Jones & R Jones, Llanrhystud

Prompt response, clear advice.

- Dr A Geeson & Dr N Geeson, Hereford

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