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A bit about me

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.

Want to know more?

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.

Where I work

Endorsements & Awards

Hear what our clients say about our Partner Kate Hickey

Excellent legal and technical advice for sale of school

"The team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys helped Farlington School in so many ways. They provided us with...

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Tremendous support for an Independent School

The relationship with us goes back a long way, and the service HCR provides in the more ‘t...

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Expert training to keep schools up to date

The up to date information and expert advice on offer at our annual Schools HR Day is...

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latest articles

Up and Coming lawyers named in Chambers and Partners 2023

HCR has five notable ‘up and coming’ lawyers according to the newly published Chambers and…

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Key changes to charity law

The Charities Bill, announced during the Queen’s Speech on 11 May 2021, proposes several changes…

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Future strategy and material change in schools

In the current uncertain climate, many schools will be looking to ‘future proof’ themselves and…

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Conditional bursaries – what are the risks and restrictions?

Bursaries to attend independent schools are not a new concept, nor is it new that…

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Charity Commission guidance update: serious incident reporting during the coronavirus pandemic

On 3 June 2020, the Charity Commission provided some clarification on reporting serious incidents during…

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Charity law considerations re borrowing and security 

Thinking about borrowing and security? We do not know how long the effects of Covid-19…

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Worcester schools merge with local legal support

Two Worcestershire schools have merged, supported by the legal expertise of Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ specialist…

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Top rankings for legal services to schools

Recognition of the excellent legal services which Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ education team gives to schools…

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Leading legal advisors to education institutions

Being recognised by the judges as leading legal advisors to education institutions, especially against strong…

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