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Philip is a partner in the Commercial team and a member of the Charity Law Association. He specialises in advice to the education and charity sectors and leads on contract negotiation, drafting and governance matters in particular in relation to academies and free schools, including MATs, partnering arrangements, outsourcing and joint ventures covering primary, secondary and special school projects.
Central to his practice is the provision of advice and support on corporate governance issues to senior leadership teams and governors/trustees, including duties and powers, charitable responsibilities and requirements and regulatory matters.
Philip regularly speaks at seminars and writes on these areas. He is also the governor of an academy school and the trustee of a charity providing services for adults with learning disabilities.
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At Harrison Clark Rickerbys, practice head Kristine Scott ‘has a fantastic understanding of the education sector’, particularly pupil and parent matters such as data protection and exclusions. Philip Heath joined as head of academies from Weightmans LLP following Matthew Wolton’s move to Clark Holt.