Education Law Team


Those who educate have one of the most important roles in any civilised society. This means that you need and deserve a service which both acknowledges and complements your responsibilities. This is what Michelmores' Education team is dedicated to providing.

At the heart of everything we do is a commitment to working with you to produce the best outcomes for students.  

To achieve this, we promise to:

  • Deal with the distractions so that you can get on with the important stuff (providing education)
  • Always seek to provide you with a fixed fee to give you cost certainty
  • Deal with the complexity rather than creating it
  • Provide support and partnership

Our Education solicitors are split into four distinct areas, to ensure that your specific needs can be met by people who understand your particular challenges.

We advise:

We are proud supporters of Education and Employers - a charity which ensures that every school and college has an effective partnership with employers to provide its young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential and so to secure the UK’s future prosperity. 

The Education Team have been involved in the Free Schools Programme since the first wave of schools opened in 2011. We have now worked with more than 60 applications across the various waves. We are pleased to have been selected as a trusted partner for Premier New School's Intensive Support Programme for free school proposers.

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They give really good advice and are very clear about next steps, risks and costs.
Chambers and Partners 2020
When discussing legal matters they are very clear and they take into account the practicalities of a situation when assessing risk.
Chambers and Partners 2020
The education team at Michelmores always go above and beyond and have a rapid response time. They instil so much confidence and one feels well supported. They really do know their stuff.
Legal 500 2020
Michelmores offer a personalised and prompt service and all of their lawyers are extremely knowledgeable about their field of expertise. The speed of action is the best facet of this firm.
Legal 500 2020
Michelmores is a firm which takes time to listen to client needs, prefers face-to-face meeting and is responsive to requests. The advice is clear and well communicated.
Legal 500 2020
A fantastic, five-star service: response times are almost immediate and nothing is ever too much to ask for.
Legal 500, 2018
Very impressed with their commitment to establishing a long-term relationship.
Chambers, 2016


Recent experience

  • Academy conversion: supporting around 200 academies across the country including the establishment of individual academies, umbrella trusts, multi-academy trusts and multi-academy sponsors.
  • Academy post-conversion support: assisting academies in relation to the range of legal issues facing them following conversion.
  • Private school: working in partnership with the wider professional team to deliver a significant development of the school’s estate within a tax efficient structure.
  • Private school: recovery of fees.
  • School: advice on PFI/PPP structures.
  • School: advising on third party occupational issues and management of occupation of the estate.
  • Free schools: advising in excess of 40 applicants across all of the application rounds to date.
  • Free schools: supporting a nationally recognised charity in the establishment of a multi-academy trust to support several applications for special free schools.
  • FE Institution: intellectual property spin-out matters and internal intellectual property procedures.
  • FE Institution: collaboration agreement, including phased tenancy arrangements between the college and a charity to establish a secondary campus focused around an innovative and dynamic teaching programme.
  • FE Institution: advising on a £multi-million disposal of surplus accommodation to a developer including strategic support and complex title issues.
  • FE Institution: advising on commercial contracts and procurement of day-to-day services including standard terms and conditions.
  • FE Institution: defending a large scale group action relating to the pension rights of part-time workers.
  • University: procurement of £133m PPP for the transfer, development and operation of campus student residences.
  • University: contentious employment matters, including allegations of breach of contract, wrongful and unfair dismissal, unlawful discrimination and whistleblowing.
  • University: procurement of an IT-based HR and payroll system and support services.