Education Law Team


Our Education team is dedicated to teachers and learning outcomes for children. We aim to provide a service which acknowledges and complements the increasingly wide range of responsibilities teachers in our communities now face. Our experts give more than legal advice: the team are passionate about the education sector; most also volunteer as Governors or Trustees and bring this experience to their practice. At the heart of everything we do is a commitment to working with you to provide practical, solution-driven advice that is as much about strategy as it is about the law.

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

We advise:

We are proud supporters of Education and Employers. The charity ensures every school and college has an effective partnership with an employer to provide its young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential.

Our team of experts:

Charlotte Antoniou leads the team and has expertise in supporting Multi Academy Trusts with their strategy and growth as well as their day-to-day legal and commercial needs. Charlotte, along with Tom Briant-Evans, specialises in matters relating to core education and is available to discuss admissions; exclusions; appeals; SEN; disability discrimination claims; DBS; school and trust governance, and complaints.

Pippa Allsop specialises in matters relating to child protection and family law including family proceedings.

Samantha Poulter advises on land and property including academy conversions and transfers; rectifications and non-conversion.

Tom Torkar has a corporate and commercial specialism and brings experience in academy conversions; re-brokering and associated due diligence; company law; charitable law; contract drafting and negotiation, FOIA, GDPR and compliance with privacy and data regulations.

Bethan Jones specialises in contentious employment.

Jayne Clemens advises on contentious and regulatory matters including misconduct or other concerns arising from activities occurring on school premises; administrative and public law; procurement; interactions with the regulatory authorities e.g. DfE, OfSTED, local authorities and advice where necessary in relation to the same; health & safety; conduct of disputes whether court proceedings, mediation, and arbitration or similar; media, internet and reputational risk issues including social media postings and cyber security.

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.