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  • Overview

    All of our commercial teams have substantial experience in providing legal advice for a wide variety of education sector clients, ranging from independent schools and academies to further education colleges.

    We understand the importance to schools of being able to continue with their day-to-day task of educating children. We have been praised by clients for providing a meticulous and professional service which gives school leadership teams the reassurance they need to do just that. We don't have a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, the education sector team invests time in getting to know the culture and organisation of each education establishment. The team works with you to provide tailored, commercial advice.

    Recent examples of how our commercial teams have helped our education clients include:

    Corporate and Commercial

    Advising on:

    • A wide range of commercial contracts including (but not limited to) supply agreements, service level agreements, outsourcing agreements and IT contracts
    • Data protection issues including database rights and management, freedom of information requests, privacy policies and data security
    • Corporate governance issues following conversion to academy status, with a particular focus on directors’ duties and the corporate decision-making process
    • Charity law matters including trustees’ duties, conflicts of interest, incorporating charitable companies and creating subsidiary structures and charity administration/governance and constitutional issues.

    Commercial property

    Advising on:

    • Reviewing and advising on existing property arrangements
    • Granting both long and short term leases or licences to third parties who require space to provide extra-curricular activities or outside clubs
    • Acquiring land to expand the existing grounds or facilities
    • Disposing of redundant land or buildings by way of straightforward sale or by a more complex arrangement to enhance the sale value; and advising on planning arrangements for new build projects.


    Advising on:

    Dispute resolution

    Where disputes arise in the education sector, we have extensive experience in resolving these and ensuring minimal disruption to dayto-day business. We advise on:

    • Contract disputes with suppliers and trade partners
    • Debt collection, claims recovery processes and procedures
    • Regulatory compliance and litigation avoidance
    • Intellectual property matters including brand protection, exploitation, and reputational issues
    • Health & safety and criminal investigations, prosecutions, and inquests.

    Our employment dispute resolution experience includes:

    • Managing disciplinary, grievance and other internal staffing issues
    • Managing dismissals
    • Carrying out negotiations and preparing settlement agreements
    • Defending Employment Tribunal claims, ranging from unfair dismissal and discrimination to whistle blowing claims
    • Defending breach of contract claims.


    Advising on:

    • The project documentation necessary for any construction works
    • Major capital investment in new buildings or refurbishment works
    • Arrangements necessary to provide ongoing protection in the event of asset transfers, restructuring, or the creation of new academies
    • Bespoke standard terms for routine/minor works focused on the institution’s specific operational requirements
    • Providing project support to facilitate the construction process and resolve issues that arise during the works.

    Where disputes arise, we have extensive experience in construction dispute resolution for our education sector clients. For more information on the education sector or to speak to a solicitor at Thomson Snell & Passmore contact us today.

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    North Kent College provides education to 4,500 students across two main campuses in Dartford and Gravesend. Susanna Rynehart, Partner in our employment team has acted for them and advised them on various employment matters.

    Claim arising from serious defects to new school sports hall zinc roof

    We are acting for a local academy in relation to the failure of the zinc covering to the aerofoil roof on their sports hall which was only completed about 2 years ago, which has led to leaks into the main sports arena risking permanent damage to the flooring.

  • Latest Updates

    FAQ: Frequently asked questions from across the practice

    Every month we answer frequently asked questions from across the practice and bring them together to help bring clarity to your legal needs. Each of the sections below lead off to a more comprehensive bank of information.

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    Alisa Sweeney from the Commercial Property Team have been delighted to work with restaurant operator, Sticks ‘n’ Sushi, to secure a new site at London’s prestigious Nova Victoria.

    FAQ: Education 2017

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The support and guidance was excellent. Doug is aware of the fluidity working in schools and was able to offer strategic legal advice, whilst also flagging potential media interest that may stem from our actions. He acted as the strategic sounding board and legal counsel we desperately required.


Their prompt response, legal counsel and approachability make them a firm we will look to do more and more work with going forwards.


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