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Legal services for independent schools

Eversheds Sutherland provides independent schools with a one-stop shop for all their legal needs. We know that school issues can be complex and a drain on scarce resources. The strength and depth of our team means that we can support you with any legal issue that arises, from parental complaints, though public benefit issues to projects and mergers. We also help you to manage risk effectively by delivering training and access to fixed-cost helpline services.

Legal services for independent schools

Our aim is to ensure that school mangers fully understand the legal frameworks within which schools operate and to inform sound decision-making. You will be looked after by a dedicated client service team with deep sector knowledge, who will invest time in getting to know your school and how it works.

Key areas of advice include:

  • school projects and mergers
  • international collaborative arrangements
  • charity law and public benefit
  • commercial contracts
  • recovery of unpaid fees
  • student and parental issues
  • safeguarding
  • HR support
  • pensions
  • litigation and dispute resolution
  • reputation management
  • data protection
  • intellectual property protection
  • health and safety
  • estates management
  • taxation

Our lawyers take a proactive and commercial approach to their work, based on risk-management principles. We are always mindful of the need to secure outcomes that preserve the reputation of an educational institution and the fact that institutions are subject to high levels of public scrutiny by their many stakeholders.

Download our focused on independent schools flyer for further information.

Contact our independent schools team

If you would like any further information or need advice related to independent schools, please contact our legal team.


Contact us

Diane Gilhooley, Partner

  • Global Head of Employment, Labor and Pensions, and Global Co-Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)
  • +44 161 831 8151
  • E-mail Diane Gilhooley

Glynne Stanfield, Partner

  • Head of UK Governance and External Relations practice and International Education practice
  • +44 207 919 0977
  • E-mail Glynne Stanfield
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