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Planning and Property

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 education 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.

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

Testimonials

Thank you for your professional help, advice and commitment to ensure we had the best outcome.

- Mrs S Peruffo, Herefordshire

Ease of contact, understanding of business context. An excellent and pragmatic approach to a relatively complex business transfer.

- Mr D Coull, Shrewsbury

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

- Mrs E Sumner, Telford

The people we dealt with from the start. Email contact was good and any visits to the Hereford office was productive, easy and a pleasure.

- Mr J Campbell & Mrs M Campbell, Ledbury

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

- Mr P Hill & Dr L Hill, Lincoln

Quotes

Very polite, easy to talk to and were always there when I needed answers.

- Mr M Wood, Hereford

We found they always listened to what we had to say and replied in Queens English without a lot of legal jargon.

- Mr J Manley & Mrs B Manley, Craven Arms

A nice bright welcoming office with very polite, friendly and helpful staff. Very efficient service.

- Mr N Bakewell & Mrs J Bakewell, Worcester

Communication surrounding my injury claim was excellent with other departments within the firm.

- Mrs L Dowbiggin, Much Wenlock

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

- Mr J Ostler, Hereford

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