Rosie Phillips

Rosie Phillips

Graduate Member of CILEx
Rosie Phillips
RT @CornwallCouncil: "You may leave Cornwall but she will never-ever leave you. You will forever carry her with you, the cliffs, the moors,…
31 Jul 18
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27 Jul 18
RT @MMTrainees: Yesterday some of our trainees arranged a wonderous #Wimbledon party for our #Charity of the Year across our Exeter, Bristo…
14 Jul 18


Rosie is a Graduate Member of CILEx and a member of the Education team. She supports a number of educational institutions including Free Schools and Academies all over the country. Rosie is based in Exeter but frequently spends time in the firms' London office.  

Rosie studied law at the University of Gloucestershire and previously worked for Foot Anstey LLP before joining Michelmores in 2014. 

Rosie works closely with Charlotte Antoniou (Senior Associate, London office) and Lynne Follett-Carman (Associate, Exeter office) and has extensive experience on both the commercial and land aspects of Academy conversions. Rosie has built strong relationships with many key contacts at the Department for Education, the Education Funding Agency and Local Authorities around the country meaning she is able to negotiate key legal documents involved in the conversion process.

Outside of work, Rosie is a Governor at a local maintained Primary School in Devon and has recently been elected Chair of the Second Committee. Rosie is also studying towards her Chartered Legal Executive qualification and is a keen member of the Michelmores' netball team.  

Recent Experience

  • Supporting the creation of several new Multi-Academy Trusts, including advising on the set up of the company, appointing new Directors and Members and drafting resolutions;

  • Acting for a client on the conversions of numerous Primary Schools, including liaising with the Council in relation to the transfer of an unwanted Service Level Agreement under the Commercial Transfer Agreement;

  • Supporting on the transfer of six Academies (one of which is a PFI Academy) into an existing Multi-Academy Trust. This included reporting to the Trust on the DfE's latest model documents and drafting the Deeds of Variation to vary the existing single model Funding Agreement and agreeing the new model with the DfE;

  • Investigating the title of the land, drafting and agreeing the long-term Lease with the Local Authority and drafting and agreeing the Church Supplemental Agreement with the Diocese, on the conversion of new Church Schools into an existing Trust;

  • Providing support to a number of schools, business managers and headteachers and advising on issues such as collaboration, difficult parent queries, permanent exclusions, Special Educational Needs, freedom of information requests and reasonable adjustments for situations relating to religious pupils.

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