Hilary Homfray joins Anthony Collins Solicitors after working for Birmingham City Council for 14 years. With more than 60,000 properties, she was kept busy!
Our expert property team has extensive experience of advising on a wide range of land and buildings issues and are valued by our clients for their clear and pragmatic advice.
We provide a comprehensive service covering all legal issues relating to property and buildings within the education sector, ranging from the requirement for Secretary of State’s consent and the requirements of local authorities, through to the particular issues relating to church-school land and the implications of terms within the funding agreements for academies.
The combination of our understanding of the surrounding legislative framework, local government policy and current political issues with our wealth of practical experience means we can offer an outstanding service to help you achieve the outcome you are looking for. In addition to the formal legal services we provide, many of our clients regularly ask us to contribute to their estate planning, giving us the opportunity to offer a wider service - if we can share our wider business expertise to add value we will.
We routinely work with our clients in improving operational efficiency and capturing and repeating good practice. We also provide regular training for schools, academies and other educational organisations on a wide variety of topics, helping to ensure that our clients are equipped to achieve the outcomes they are looking for and are up to date with the latest guidance, requirements and legal developments.
- Leases and land transfers on academy conversions, free school and other projects.
- Acquisition and disposal of land, including freehold, leasehold and playing fields.
- Development projects, including shared use agreements and Charities Act requirements.
- Public and private land requirements, including the need for the Secretary of State’s, or a landlord’s, consent.
- Property portfolios, including consolidation into group structures.
Helping teachers as people
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As a teacher, or a professional working in the education sector, there are multiple issues that you may face. Whilst we do offer advice about educating children from a variety of backgrounds in a safe and caring environment, we also offer advice to you as an individual. We understand that the pressures and numerous challenges facing those in charge are not always classroom based.
Education is one of our core sectors. This allows us to combine our specialist subject knowledge and experiences with our personal approach to individual cases. Our clients tell us that the service they receive from us is unique, and we believe this comes directly from our commitment to the purpose of our firm: 'to improve lives, communities and society’.
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