Harrison Clark Rickerbys has worked closely with schools for many years and has a national reputation for its expertise in the field of education law. We act for more than 200 educational institutions including independent schools, academies, free schools, studio schools, maintained schools, Higher Education and Further Education colleges, specialist colleges and nurseries.

We are ranked as Band 3 for Education: Institutions (Schools) – UK-wide in the Chambers and Partners rankings- the “guide to the worlds best lawyers”

“The team offers an array of services to education clients, such as employment advice, and data protection and freedom of information advice. Acts for a range of schools and is well versed in academy conversion work.”

Chambers and Partners rankings 

As a key player for legal advice, the firm plays a full part in supporting many educational institutions and the broader education sector. Many of our lawyers act as school governors and engagement is an integral part of our culture. The team has extensive experience of providing solutions to legal problems and is familiar with how schools operate and the documentation used.

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

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ ‘truly specialist team’ supports schools on academy conversions, collaboration, and historic abuse allegations, and on admissions and safeguarding issues. The practice supplies model employment contracts to the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association. Kristine Scott leads the team.

The Legal 500 United Kingdom rankings

We offer pragmatic, cost-effective, technically first rate advice on all the issues which may affect schools. We also offer regular update training sessions for Governors, Trustees, Heads and Bursars/Business Managers, as well as popular bespoke legal training services. For more details, please click on our “Independent Schools” link or our “Academies and Free Schools” link below. To see our specialist Children’s Law, please click here.


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