Academy Conversion Solicitors

We specialise in academy conversions and have extensive experience of working with schools, academies, colleges and other organisations across a range of commercial, corporate and constitutional matters. One of the team was a Deputy and Acting Head of Legal Services for a local authority for 10 years and carried out all conversion and education work for the schools in the borough.

We tailor our advice to the organisation, to ensure the best possible result based on desired outcomes. We understand the process of the different academy structures and what is involved including governance decisions and responsibilities.

We believe that the key to a successful conversion is planning and careful control; to that end with any of our clients considering conversion we appoint one of the partners in the Education team to act as overall 'project manager', to lead and guide you through the process from start to finish.

Our aim is to ensure an efficient process with the stated outcome of keeping disruption and uncertainty to a minimum. We will make sure that we hit your deadlines and those imposed by DfE to ensure that your conversion happens smoothly and on schedule.

Our dedicated Education team


Partner and National Head of Employment & Education, Employment & HR

Jonathan Holden

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Partner and Head of Public Sector Employment, Employment & HR

Ruth Rule-Mullen

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Partner, Employment & HR

Laura McHugh

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Partner, Governance, Procurement & Information

Gemma Duxbury

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