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Independent Schools

Michelmores has developed a wealth of experience in advising Independent School clients across the country, particularly in London and the South West. We provide a full range of legal services relating to all aspects of the provision of private education and have a keen awareness of the specific issues relating to these institutions, including:

  • implementing effective strategies for the recovery of outstanding school fees
  • attaining and retaining charitable status
  • establishing a range of cost saving initiatives aimed at reducing expenditure and increasing revenue 

The Independent Schools team is able to support its clients through growth and change, whether this involves restructuring of their estate, consolidation with other schools or effective dispute resolution with parents, suppliers or employees. With our assistance, our clients are able to complete projects within time and on budget, whilst being able to focus on their primary objective, the education and development of their students.

Michelmores have unlocked my most slippery debtor. They were decisive in action and quickly got to grips with a family more intent on emigrating than paying their debts. An initial freezing order on a property was quickly followed by a legal charge and eventual payment, the final sum of which will clear most of the legal costs as well as the debt.
Bursar, Shebbear College

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Recent experience

  • Acting on a merger between two leading South West Independent Schools.
  • Defending an unfair dismissal claim from a disgruntled employee at an Employment Tribunal. 
  • Assisting in the recovery of unpaid school fees and/or the reaching of a settlement as to sums owing.
  • Advising on the sale and purchase of land and buildings.
  • Negotiating terms of commercial leases and licences. 
  • Acting in relation to the registration of a school with the Charity Commission, including an assessment in relation to the public benefit test. 
  • Assisting in the resolution of disputes and litigation against landlords, employees and parents.
  • Supporting schools in relation to major construction projects.