Being a corporate lawyer is challenging and exciting – I enjoy negotiating the best deals I can for my clients. I’m passionate about education, and use my corporate experience to help schools achieve their strategic aims and visions.
I have a real “can-do” approach and I like to think I’m someone my clients can trust to look after their best interests. I am pro-active and look to exceed expectations. I keep up to date with all the latest developments so that I’m best placed to offer advice on current issues, especially in the education sector where it’s highly important to understand and work with key changes in the law.
In particular, I work with governors, bursars and heads of schools across the country as well as owners, directors and shareholders of companies. I’m passionate about helping people to make the most of the opportunities available to them, and support my clients with practical, commercial advice.
Keep your house in order – for example, keep your Articles of Association updated to ensure they reflect your company’s or school’s current objectives and strategic plans.
Stay up to date with the current law through our sector-run seminars, updates and articles so you’re always aware of how it might affect you.
It’s much easier for us to negotiate the terms of a deal when we’re involved from the beginning, so talk to us early on.
Is a school able to do whatever it wants as a charity?
The answer to this will depend on the particular matter, but a good starting point is always to review the school’s constitution and to seek advice in relation to charity law.
How quickly can you complete a transaction?
This will depend on the particular circumstances. A transaction can take anywhere from a week to several months, depending on the needs of the client or company being acquired/sold.
Do I need a formal/written agreement in place if I’m going into business with a friend?
Yes! You might be friends now, but anything can happen in business. Therefore, you should always have a written agreement in place setting out the agreed terms.