Forbes Solicitors
Education eNews  October 2017

Dealing with Third Parties - Don't get Caught Out

Contracting with third parties can be a minefield if you are unsure where to look. You may find yourself being subject to the onerously one-sided terms of a supplier even before you are aware that a contract has been formed.

When contracting with third parties, it is important to agree contract terms with the other party before it's too late. There is no requirement in contract law for anything to be in writing before a valid contract exists and agreeing terms pre-contract is important. In entering into a contract on unfavourable or unknown terms, the school will have missed its opportunity to furnish itself with any remedies or assurances beyond the statutory starting points, such as how and when the goods or services will be delivered.


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BOOK NOW // Education based Mock Employment Tribunal

Wednesday 29 November 2017
Education Partnership Trust, Pleckgate Road, Blackburn, BB1 8QA

The Mock Tribunal, played out by the Forbes' Education Team will demonstrate a realistic insight into the workings of an Employment Tribunal case in relation to performance management and misconduct in a School setting.

The prospect of going to an employment tribunal can be daunting. Unless you've done it before, it's difficult to imagine what it's like to be examined and cross-examined, to present a case cogently, and supply evidence to a judge and panel. Our mock employment tribunals are designed for anyone with staff management responsibilities, including Headteachers, Senior Leadership Teams, School Business Managers and School Governors.

To view the full programme and to book your place please click here.



Questions we have been asked this month

Q. Will an NQT teacher accrue continuous service for the purposes of unfair dismissal?

A. The answer to this question will depend on where the service was accrued and the governance structure of the school. If the NQT trained at the same school into which they have qualified, then it is likely that this service will be continuous for the purposes of unfair dismissal rights (provided it is over 2 years in length.

Similarly, if a teacher trained at a different school but the...


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Are you prepared for the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in the UK from 25 May 2018 and will apply to all ‘controllers’ and ‘processors’ of ‘personal data’.  The education sector holds vast amounts of personal data relating to its employees, students and pupils who are processed into the system, amongst others who are contracted through the schools.  It is advisable to become familiar with these provisions at an early stage.  



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BOOK NOW // Lancashire Education Forum - GDPR: what does it mean & what is the impact for the Education sector?

8.00am - 10.30am, Thursday 9th November 2017
NEW VENUE: Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston New Road, Preston, PR5 0AG

Everyone knows the General Data Protection Regulation is coming: but what does it mean and what is the impact for the Education sector?

The Lancashire Education Forum is a popular forum which is held termly and free to attend. The forums are aimed at Head Teachers, School Business Managers, Finance & HR Officers, Senior Leadership Teams and Governors who want to keep up to date with relevant changes and developments in the education sector.

To view the full programme and to book your place please click here.

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