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Whether in the public or private sector, at Local Authority, schools or national level, the education sector operates within a complex and ever changing legal framework…

Interaction between employers, governors, staff and students creates a complex range of responsibilities and risks, and expert assistance is needed to keep abreast of developments and ensure that they are properly implemented.

Weightmans' Education team has vast experience backed by an in-depth understanding of the legal, social and political background. We provide a full support service to independent schools, co-operative schools, local authority maintained schools and academies. Through our Support for Schools service, we provide all the expert legal and HR advice you require throughout the school year. What’s more, our team includes ex-local government solicitors with a unique understanding of the intense scrutiny under which this sector operates.

To maximise the effectiveness of our partnership with you, we will first assign an experienced solicitor to assess your unique needs and concerns and create a bespoke, cost-effective legal support package.

This will include expert advice and guidance on a wide range of issues, from large property transactions, academy conversions, disputes with regulators, discrimination issues and trade union disputes through to ongoing day to day staff employment advice and pupil/student concerns.

On a practical level, we will advise on health and safety risk management issues and HSE investigations, and represent your establishment in any employers’ or public liability cases.

Alongside this bespoke service, we also offer advice on a range of general legal issues, including employment, commercial disputes, property transactions, financial matters and data protection.

To ensure all stakeholders are kept right up to date with the latest legislation, our support includes training for governors, local authority officers and in-house legal departments, as well as to staff on INSET days, backed by regular legal bulletins.

Find out more about our services for public schools and independent schools.

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Steve Peacock
T: 0151 242 7955
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Morris Hill
T: 0151 242 7990
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“Weightmans’ education team provide a one-stop shop for all our legal issues and have delivered an exceptionally high standard of advice and support on a variety of issues.  They are highly recommended by us.”

Sir Craig Tunstall, Executive Headteacher, Gipsy Hill Federation of Schools

Steve Peacock
"In-depth legal advice, backed by ex local government solicitors"
Steve Peacock

Direct dial: +44 (0)151 242 7955
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