We are absolutely thrilled to have achieved conversion on 1st August, and would like to thank you and all the team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys for their support and guidance. We too look forward to building our relationship, and to working with you and your team.
Valerie Hopkins, Strategic Business Director at Stratford-upon-Avon School
On a personal note, I would like to thank you for the way you helped us through what at times seemed like an impenetrable process and, towards the end, a sudden sprint finish! The fact that we finally made it, however, is in no small measure thanks to your careful guidance and I am particularly grateful to you and your colleagues for your very personal approach and efficient response to our queries.
I would also like to thank Louise who helped steer us through the, at times, difficult and complex land transfer process and the other members of Harrison Clark Rickerbys who helped us during the journey. Time will tell if all the effort will have been worth it but it has certainly helped motivate us to make some ambitious plans for the school.
Headteacher, Shipston High, Warwickshire
Harrison Clark Rickerbys proved to be an invaluable “partner” in establishing Abbey View as an Alternative Provision Free School. Their expert advice and guidance was not only delivered with professionalism but they simplified what was a complex process.
Steve Donnachie, Business Manager, Chipping Campden School
Response was always fast and efficient – excellent customer service.
Excellent service – well informed advice on what for us was uncharted territory!
Any issues arising from the process of set-up were quickly resolved in a positive and helpful way.
We would recommend this service to others without hesitation.
The quality of service was outstanding. This was uncharted territory for us and the quality of advice and support we received was exemplary. Our queries were answered swiftly and any problems resolved without fuss, quickly and effectively. We would most certainly recommend this service without hesitation to anyone looking to establish a Free School.”
Ann Cockerham, Principal, Rye College
HCR provided a comprehensive service, pragmatically delivered against quite a complex set of circumstances. Costs were predictable against a limited budget and overall value for money was excellent.
Paul McAninly, Chair of Governors, St. Anthony’s School
HCR’s intervention to assist with the contentious points in the CTA was invaluable and he was also able to act as an intermediary between warring third parties! The property team worked extremely hard in a very difficult context, dealing with difficult counterparts in the local authority in a very short space of time.
Harrison Clark Rickerby’s gave us a thoughtful, personalised service enabling us to complete a complex and sensitive academy transition within limited timescales. In particular, we were impressed by their follow-up after the completion of the transition to ensure any outstanding items were dealt with.
Catherine Pinder, Projects Manager, ARK Schools
I found that the person dealing with the commercial negotiations of the transfer agreement was really responsive. I think this was a positive working relationship.
Laurie Grist, Projects Manager, ARK Schools
“Very many thanks for this and for everything else. You have all been absolute stars and there’s no way we could have achieved this without you. I cannot thank you or recommend you highly enough.”
Helen Peace, Director of Finance and Operations at St. Joseph’s Catholic College
“It has been quite a challenge to reach this point and so thank you most sincerely for sifting through all the detail so thoroughly and providing such a helpful analysis of the situation.”
Clive Neathey, Chief Executive, The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust
“We had a complicated land issue and you dealt with this completely. We had very quick responses to any queries for all issues on converting to Academy and I would strongly recommend them.”
Sue Lane, Business Manager, Forest View Primary
“I would recommend you unreservedly.”
Gillian Hayward, Chair of Governors at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School
“I just wanted to thank you both for your efficiency and dedication during the conversion process.”
Judith Pandazis, headteacher at Charlton Kings Infants’ School
“HCR supported The White Horse Federation through a successful conversion to a Multi-Academy Trust, followed by a difficult PFI conversion. Throughout the process, we genuinely felt we were their only customer! The service provided was exemplary, and we are now delighted to say we have established a long term professional relationship with them. I would highly recommend HCR not just to any school considering Academy status, but to established Academies who would like top quality legal advice.”
Hayley Brown, Executive Business Director, The White Horse Federation
From my perspective, this has been a somewhat tortuous process which would have been impossible without the excellent support, advice and hard work that you have provided. I am very grateful for all that you have done, and also your patience and perseverance to achieve this outcome.”
Andrew Harris, Headteacher at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School
“I really appreciate all the hard work you have undertaken on our behalf. You have certainly climbed a mountain! I would therefore have no hesitation in recommending your services to other colleagues as your approach to this new project is certainly noteworthy.”
Susan Neave, Principal Administrative Officer, The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust
I strongly recommend the legal services provided by Harrison Clark Rickerbys to schools converting to academy status without reservation. Their quote compared favourably with other legal firms and their final bill was within budget. They provided an excellent service and key staff were accessible throughout. They provided sound advice, dealt patiently with all of our queries and always responded in a timely and informative manner. As a legal team they certainly went the extra mile when necessary! We will definitely continue to engage them for legal advice in the future.
Headteacher, Patchway Community College
We instructed HCR in relation to the acquisition of the business and assets of an anaerobic digestion plant technology provider on a pre-pack basis. HCR were able to offer a range of specialist services, with the restructuring, commercial property and energy and renewables teams working closely with each other in order to facilitate a seamless transition of the business within only 4 days which led to the preservation of a number of jobs and, despite the very tight time scale, ensuring all areas of risk were addressed and covered off.
We are always impressed by the responsiveness and commerciality of the teams at HCR and this transaction was no different.
Chris Campbell from Rcapital
Further thanks for your excellent work throughout, in relation to this claim against our adviser. My co-beneficiaries and I are delighted to have the whole affair resolved, and on a footing infinitely preferable to the one we brought to you at the beginning. It has been a pleasure working with you, and I won’t hesitate to look you up again (or recommend you to others) should the need arise.
Again, thank you very much for your help in this matter. We would highly recommend you to anyone we might meet with a similar experience to our own.