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Education Healthcare Solicitor

Our nursery expertise

We are true experts – we advise nursery providers both from independent businesses and those attached to schools, across the country, on the full scope of matters. 

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Key contacts

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Specialist advice for nurseries

Our healthcare and education specialist teams offer a multidisciplinary approach, covering everything from start up to mergers and acquisitions. We are at the forefront of legal developments across Education and Healthcare – we regularly contribute to articles in leading publications and are members of many key industry associations.

The unique benefit of a nationally recognised teams is that we are engrained in the sectors across which we support.

We are nationally recognised for our expertise and excellence in top tier bands in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners legal directories.

Dual sector experience


Our Education team act for more than 300 schools in England as well as a number of the large UK school groups, overseas funds investing in schools and five leading sector bodies for schools.

We support schools with navigating all pastoral issues as they arise including behavioural issues, SEND, admissions, safeguarding and parental complaints.


Our Healthcare team doesn’t just know the sector, they are truly embedded in it. As well as sitting on the board for the West Midlands Care Association, the team are also ambassadors for Championing Social Care.

Their comprehensive sector expertise draw a range of clients where they work tirelessly to help them pioneer new ways of working and constantly seeks new opportunities to support the sector.

Hear what our clients say about us

HCR are the ‘go to’ experts for all education, employment, contract, commercial and international advice. Having engaged several different firms over many years, we are now firmly committed to working exclusively with the team from HCR. They are highly responsive, pragmatic, appreciate the nuances of complex cases and provide us with excellence advice. They are an impressive team who go out of their way to understand the needs of the client whilst providing impartial and objective advice. The Head of the Education Team, Kristine Scott is phenomenal, but she has also built an impressive team who we trust implicitly.

Education team testimonial

Kristine Scott is simply outstanding. She is always accessible and remains the most respected expert on all education-related matters.

Chambers and Partners – Kristine Scott

Following the acquisition of their first care home in South Wales, a transaction supported by Joe Mulrenan, Louise Crook and Rebecca Leask, clients Mr and Mrs S said: “Thank you so, so much to you all and your team for completing this acquisition for us. It’s been such a surreal day and we really cannot thank you enough.

“You all have truly made our dreams come true and we really cannot wait to work with you all again on the next project when that time comes.

“I have learnt so much from you all and it has put me in good stead going forward. We really could not have wished for a better solicitor team to have on our side.”

Care home acquisition with expert help

Yesterday’s training was excellent and really useful. Thank you very much for organising such a worthwhile day.” The day is one of our most popular events and gives delegates an update on topics such as employment law, safeguarding and data protection law.

Client Independent School

Our corporate team, led by Rebecca Leask, acted for Customade Group Ltd on its sale to Polyframe Group Ltd. The deal created the largest trade fabricator of windows and doors for UK installers. Backed by further investment from Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP, the deal resulted in a group with revenues of more than £100m.

Customade are a leading manufacturer of PVCu windows, doors and conservatory roof products, employing 320 staff, with a turnover of £35m.

Managing Director John Lightowlers said:

“This is the perfect partnership for two businesses with shared values and offers great opportunities. Having worked with Harrison Clark Rickerbys for many years, I knew that their attention to detail, speed and professionalism would be invaluable, and so it proved.”

Corporate expertise brings Customade and Polyframe together

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