For more than 50 years, Harrison Clark Rickerbys has had a significant presence in the education and charities sector, and we’ve gained a national reputation as a key player in the field of education law. Our work covers the full spectrum of legal affairs that affect educational institutions, and we provide clear advice to help solve their problems and achieve their aims and objectives.
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Our dedicated team of legal experts are all passionate about education and charities – in fact, many of our lawyers act as school governors. As a firm, we have extensive collective experience in the sector; we understand the interplay of education law and best practice, and we’re familiar with how schools and educational institutions operate and the documentation used.
Working collaboratively with governors, heads, bursars and senior leadership teams, we offer practical and results-focused solutions across the breadth and depth of education law:
Legal 500: “Excellent knowledge of the property sector combined with a friendly approach towards clients.” “Excellent communication and speedy responses.” “Matters are handled promptly.”
Chambers: “Professional, attentive, responsive and hard-working – particularly responsive to our needs.” “Very professional, with excellent knowledge of the areas they operate in.”
We’re trusted by over 200 educational establishments including independent schools, academies, free schools, maintained schools, higher- and further-education colleges, specialist colleges and nurseries. In addition, we act in an advisory capacity to the highest level of education associations, including the Independent Schools Council (the public face of the independent sector), the Boarding Schools Association and the Independent Schools Bursars’ Association.
Our expertise in shaping guidance and policies led to us developing a national Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy for the ISBA, and our Head of Education, Kristine Scott, is regarded as a safeguarding expert in relation to children and schools.
Dene Magna School were able to call on the specialist expertise of academies expert Emma Swann and the education team when approval for their new sixth form in Cinderford, Forest of Dean, was challenged by another local school.view full case study
Successful collaboration between a university and a large corporation to establish new commercial income streams was supported by Nicola McNeely’s expertise.view full case study
In 2016, we were appointed to advise the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA) on a new template Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and regulatory checklist for the independent school sector in England, around 1200 schools.view full case study
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