We Make it Possible to be responsive in the changing education environment

How we  make it possible within the Education & Training Sector

With the government’s ambitious raft of reforms, increased financial pressures and legislation, the education sector faces bigger challenges than ever before.

Decentralisation requires the sector to become commercially aware as providers take over responsibility for their budgets, contracts and policies.

Harrison Drury has responded by forming a dedicated team of education solicitors from a diverse range of disciplines to ensure clients benefit from commercially-sound advice and full service support.

We provide an integrated service embracing all areas of education law affecting those in various positions within the sector. Our local offices make it possible for us to be a responsive and collaborative firm able to meet with you in person to provide practical solutions backed by strong technical know-how.

Our team of education law solicitors are experienced at dealing with the legal issues faced by nurseries, schools, academies, colleges such as handling long-term absences, under-performing staff, complaints from parents, health and safety matters and all kinds of property enquiries. The team also has expertise in education disputes, defending claims from teaching staff and students, child care issues, the right to education, special needs education and home schooling law and regulations.

Services our education lawyers provide within this sector include:

Employment and Regulatory

  • Discipline, suspension and grievance
  • Employment contract, policies and procedures
  • Redundancy and dismissal
  • Employment tribunals and court claims
  • Poor performance/ill health
  • Claims under the Equality Act 2010
  • Working time and holidays
  • Alternative dispute resolution – employment mediation and the defence of complex litigation
  • Difficulties with regulatory bodies
  • Compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998
  • Freedom of Information
  • Information security
  • Challenges to the DFE and Ofsted Decisions

Litigation

  • Educational Negligence
  • School registration disputes
  • Judicial review of policy decisions and school closures

Property

  • Purchase of land
  • Leases

Corporate and Commercial

  • Conversion to Academy
  • Contract law