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Education and Charities

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 Experience

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:

  • Governance
  • Safeguarding and child protection
  • Parent and pupil issues
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Property
  • Building issues (both planning and construction)
  • Dispute Resolution and fee recovery
  • International issues (both incoming in the UK and setting up overseas)
  • Charity law issues
  • Employment and HR
  • Immigration
  • Commercial contracts and Intellectual Property
  • Regulatory and Health and Safety
  • Risk and insurance.

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.”

Our Clients

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.

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Hear what our clients say about our Education and Charities Service

Legal 500 2024 - Education

‘HCR are incredibly knowledgeable on the education sector. They are professional and offer wise advice which is p...

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Quick resolution secures sporting grounds for school

Morgan West and James Morgan have received high praise from Bromsgrove School in a matter relating to...

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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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More than just technical expertise for schools

When an independent girls’ school had the chance to join a group which runs more than 60 schools a...

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Expert advice to support school investment

Kate led on a deal to support investment by a Chinese fund, China Financial Services Holdings Ltd,...

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