Schools & academies


Our education team has a national reputation for providing schools and academies with expert advice tailored to meet their individual business needs.

We understand that the conversion process can be a daunting one and we work closely with aspiring academies, their project teams, governing bodies and sponsors to support them through all stages of the academy conversion process, from the grant of their academy order through to conversion, and beyond. We offer clear, timely, commercial advice aimed at ensuring our clients are able to navigate the conversion process with ease and meet Department for Education conversion deadlines. 

Our academies experts appreciate that this is a very personal journey for each school and we understand that each conversion is individual, with its own individual legal issues. We work hard to get to know your school and its goals to enable us to give you the specific support you need, on time and within budget. We offer a fixed fee approach, providing you with value for money and ensuring that you have transparency from the outset.    

The academy conversion is simply the start of the journey for many schools and as such we provide comprehensive expert post-conversion advice to schools and academy trusts to assist them in the delivery of their strategic objectives. We provide long term support to academy management teams to ensure they remain well informed of any developments and policy changes in the sector.  

Our academies team has advised a large number of schools converting to academy status or joining multi-academy trusts and has assisted with the establishment of a number of free schools. We want to ensure that your academy is best placed to thrive by supporting you in making the most of emerging opportunities, whilst remaining legally compliant at all times.

If you are looking to convert to an academy, would like to discuss the various models available to you or would like to discuss the conversion process, please contact us at any time.