It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
Chris brings with him a wealth of practical experience within the schools and academies sector. He will work alongside Simon Ramshaw, Partner at ACS, to continue the firm’s impressive growth in this fast-moving sector.
As partner and head of education at Geldards, Chris advised schools, local authorities and public bodies, as well as Church of England Dioceses, trusts and federations. He has previously held significant senior roles in local government, including Head of Legal Services at Northamptonshire County Council. Chris is also chair of trustees for two Church of England retreat centres in the Midlands.
Chris has led a number of academy conversions in the past - an area of particular strength for ACS who have supported over 130 academy conversions to date. He also led the team advising on the establishment of the Church of England Central Education Trust (CECET), a unique and ground-breaking collaborative vehicle jointly owned by the diocese of Lichfield, the diocese of Birmingham and Wolverhampton University. The partners will deliver a wide range of integrated services through this vehicle to over 260 academies and schools within the diocese and beyond.
ACS now plan to launch a Midlands Forum for Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs) following their very successful ‘Voice of the Midlands’ dinner in March at which both Pank Patel, the Midlands Regional Commissioner and Frank Green, the National Schools Commissioner, were guest speakers.
Simon Ramshaw commented: “Chris’ appointment strengthens significantly the ACS offer to the schools and academies sector and heralds the next stage of development for our education work. Chris joins us at an exciting time, as we launch new products to the market and set up the Midlands Forum for MATs. I’m delighted to welcome him to the team and we’re all really looking forward to working with him.”
Chris said: “I’m very impressed with the work the ACS Education team has been doing and their achievement in becoming one of the leaders in the sector. Successful schools and academies are central to strong local communities and to the delivery of social justice. I’m delighted to be joining a firm with such a strong commitment to both enhancing the quality of local community and to the delivery of social justice.”
Chris can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
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