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Land and buildings in the education sector

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.

We provide:

  • 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.

We have been recognised for the work we do

Chambers and Partners UK 2017 – Ranked Practice Areas

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