Our team specialises in non-contentious matters and has experience of working with schools, academies, colleges and other organisations across a range of commercial, corporate and constitutional matters.

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Our experience involves drafting, advising on and negotiating contracts; identifying, protecting and exploiting intellectual property; and advising on charity law and governance.

Recent Experience Includes:

  • Advising on constitutional documents (including amendments);

  • Charity Law advice including trustee conflicts;

  • Preparing, negotiating and advising on contracts for outsourced services including catering and cleaning;

  • Advising on purchasing contracts from existing service providers and the mechanisms for doing so;

  • Production of contracts for services to end users;

  • Advising on the intellectual property implications of specific third party contracts;

  • Creation of a consortium purchasing arrangement between schools;

  • Creation and organisation of breakfast club and after school club entities;

  • Intra-group contracts;

  • Co-operative and shared resources arrangements with local authorities;

  • Advising on construction contracts and required ancillary documentation including deeds of novation, professional appointment deeds, collateral warranties and performance bonds.



The team at Forbes provide a range of advice on governance issues, as well as providing a clerking service for governor meetings at a competitive price. As standard, we look to attend governor meetings for our clients as added value, ensuring a high level of support to our clients throughout all aspects of school life. We provide comprehensive governor support, including training on good governance as well as across a range of legal topics, ensuring the skill set or your governors remains at a high level. We have extensive experience of drafting and reviewing constitutions, advising on governor policies, scheme of delegations, standing orders and terms of reference.

Data Protection & IP

Data Protection & IP

  • Implications of data protection legislation and adoption of appropriate policies and procedures and dealing with data protection, freedom of information and other information requests;

  • Assisting with responses to information access requests and data breaches;

  • Intellectual property licensing and development agreements;

  • Advice in relation to GDPR; and

  • Data protection advice on a project for provision of software applications to schools using aggregated SIMS data;

  • Data Protection Officer Support services;

  • Outsourced Data Protection Officer services.

DPO Support Package

Forbes' Commercial and Employment teams working together, offer a practical and competitive package to provide specialist support to your Data Protection Officer and your organisation.

For one fixed price which can be paid monthly; quarterly or annually; you will receive dedicated support and training giving you assurance that you and your DPO are meeting your compliance requirements and support is on hand whenever it is needed. We will support your DPO with handling subject access requests, managing data breaches and any other data protection related queries to ensure your DPO can effectively balance the duties they are required to perform under the GDPR.

Forbes will help your DPO to ensure you are GDPR compliant and our packages can be flexible to meet your individual needs. This includes:

  • Data protection training for your DPO;

  • 6 newsletters/e-bulletins dedicated to data protection issues for your DPO;

  • Review of data protection policies and procedures;

  • DPO support telephone and email helpline for up to 1 hour per month;

  • 1 day attendance on site at your organisation;

  • 20% discount on all other education related services purchased from Forbes.

  • Additional days on site; additional telephone support; staff training days and GDPR readiness packages can be provided as optional extras subject to quotation.

We also offer a fully outsourced DPO service where we would act as your external DPO subject to quotation based upon your individual needs.

Our dedicated Governance Procurement & Information team


Partner, Governance, Procurement & Information

Daniel Milnes

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Partner, Governance, Procurement & Information

Gemma Duxbury

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Senior Associate, Governance, Procurement & Information

Bethany Paliga

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Solicitor, Governance, Procurement & Information

Laura Rae

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