Independent (private) schools

We advise domestic and international independent (private) schools and school groups on both everyday issues, such as safeguarding and staff concerns, and major projects including financings, M&A and international collaboration.

We have worked in the education sector for almost 140 years. Our full-service independent (private) schools team combines this wealth of experience with our commercial outlook and passion to advise our clients on:
•    Education law
•    Banking and project finance
•    Charity law and donation agreements
•    Employment law
•    Governance and corporate structuring
•    Immigration
•    International collaborations
•    Investments
•    Mergers and Acquisitions
•    Pensions 
•    Regulatory law
•    School development

Our lawyers

Our team is passionate about the sector; many of our specialists have completed secondments with clients, are recognised as thought-leaders and act as governors on the boards of local schools.

Our experience

As a brief showcase of our experience:

  • We have advised a number of schools – including Harrow, Wellington College and Stephen Perse Foundation – on a range of financing facilities, including development loans, public bonds and private placements.
  • We have advised a number of schools and groups (including Kings’ School, Ely and Cognita) on the establishment of overseas campuses, including in the UAE and China.
  • We advised the sellers of Knightsbridge School in relation to the school’s sale to the Dukes Education Group.
  • We advised a significant Chinese group in relation to its acquisition of a group of English schools.
  • We advise a number of schools – including Norwich School and King’s School, Ely, on a wide range of day to day legal matters, including governance and employment issues, and property acquisition.
  • We have advised a number of schools on the pensions and employment law implications of exiting the Teachers’ Pension Scheme including advising on collective consultation requirements.
  • We have advised a number of schools on potential challenges to OFSTED following unsatisfactory inspection experiences.
  • We acted on behalf of a school during the HSE prosecution following the death of a pupil on a school trip.

Our clients

Our independent (private) schools clients include: 

  • Norwich School
  • Leicester Grammar School Trust
  • Wellington College
  • Harrow School
  • St Dunstan’s
  • King’s School, Ely
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