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Our schools shape enquiring minds, nurture lifelong friendships and create future leaders. You’ve got important work to do, but these seats of learning are about more than just education – you require a sharp business focus to stay at the top of your game in a competitive marketplace, and some issues need an expert legal hand.

From Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) to rural voluntary aided schools, our large, multi-disciplinary team of experts in education law advises schools across England.

With a reputation for high-quality work across a range of specialisms, we provide an in-depth, contemporary working knowledge of education law. We apply our expertise to your unique situation, providing pragmatic advice, and delivering the best solutions for your school.

Examples of our recent work include:-

  • Academy conversions and re-brokerages
  • Child protection and safeguarding issues
  • Clerking Independent Review Panel Hearings
  • Clerking School Admission Appeal hearings
  • Commercial contracts with third party suppliers and contractors
  • Construction contracts and disputes
  • Data protection and freedom of information issues
  • Employment and HR advice
  • First Tier SEN Tribunal Claims
  • Fraud investigations
  • Governance of schools and academy trusts
  • Health and safety
  • HR Protect for Schools
  • Immigration matters
  • Insurance and RPA matters
  • Intellectual property
  • Parental and third party complaints
  • Policies and procedures in schools
  • Procurement advice
  • Pupil behaviour and school exclusions advice
  • School admissions and admissions appeals advice
  • School land, property and buildings
  • Special educational needs and disability matters
  • Regulatory issues
  • Trading companies and subsidiaries

And through our popular HR Protect product, our dedicated schools employment team provides fixed cost, monthly access to unlimited HR and employment law advice. The package is popular with schools looking for value, without compromise on quality, in a challenging financial climate. Click here to visit the hub.

So if you’re looking for unparalleled sector knowledge, coupled with added value and a friendly, professional team to work alongside, we’re here to help.

Contact a specialist

Graham Vials

Partner | Employment & Head of Education

+44 (0) 330 137 3168

+44 (0)752 580 2955

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Tim Care

Partner | Public Sector

+44 (0) 330 137 3458

+44 (0) 752 590 3378

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Katy Milner

Managing Associate | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3506

+44 (0)752 522 5477

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What people say

  • Ward Hadaway is a leading presence on the public sector side, across health, education and local government.

    Legal 500
  • Strong performance in the academies sector, advising on transactional, construction and regulatory matters. Comprehensive service to independent, maintained and free schools.

    Chambers & Partners
  • They have got it together in the academy field, so it seems seamless when you are working with them. They all understand the principles of the law and can translate these well.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • National education practice with a firm presence in the market and significant experience handling safeguarding and governance matters, among others. Also known for having extensive expertise in PFI/PPP projects and public procurement issues.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Outstanding multidisciplinary practice... advises educational institutions at all levels on a wide range of issues.

    Legal 500
  • Ward Hadaway’s education sector clients cite the practice's ‘outstanding response times’, ‘excellent knowledge and a network of extended expertise that is second to none’.

    Legal 500
  • Substantial knowledge in the education sector, which gives clients assurance, comfort and peace of mind.

    Legal 500
  • We are a newly incorporated Multi Academy Trust, comprising of an Infant and Junior School on a shared site. Ward Hadaway have worked in partnership to ensure that all legal compliances have been fulfilled and to develop a positive, efficient working relationship which has smoothed the way as we have approached each new challenge. We look forward to working with Ward Hadaway in the future, as we begin to include other schools within the Trust and continue to grow as an innovative educational institution.

    Carolyn Fox, Executive Headteacher, Rise Park Academy Trust
  • The professional expertise, superb legal guidance and ready availability of staff from Ward Hadaway are significant factors in our decision to continue our ongoing relationship with the team. Issues are dealt with speedily and complex legal situations explained in a user-friendly manner. The staff are very approachable and provide an excellent and comprehensive service, meeting the many and varied needs of our busy academy.

    Lesley Powell, CEO, North East Learning Trust

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