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Education sector - academies

Converting to an academy may bring a number of benefits to your school. However, the path to achieving academy status is not always a simple one and a whole host of complicated legal issues can potentially block your progress and distract you from your core role and objectives.

How Eversheds Sutherland can help you convert to an academy

Eversheds Sutherland's Education Schools and Academies team has specialist academy lawyers who appreciate that you don't want to be dealing with red tape but just want to provide the best education possible for your pupils and the best working environment for your staff.

Eversheds Sutherland has advised on the academy conversion of over 220 schools across the UK. Drawing on this experience, we can help you through every step of the academy conversion process:

  • Our breadth and depth of academy experience means we have the specialists to deal with every legal challenge you might face.
  • We will take the problem off your plate in areas such as employment, transferring land and buildings, the funding agreement, setting up the academy company and governance.
  • As academy experts, we do things quickly but thoroughly. We ensure you convert on time and within budget.
  • Our fees are highly competitive thanks to our familiarity with all the issues that may arise and our efficient and effective solutions to address them.

Your needs will be looked after by a dedicated, knowledgeable project manager, who will drive the academy conversion forward on your behalf and deal promptly with any queries.

Click here to complete our Academy conversion enquiry form if you would like more information on how we can help you.

What our academy clients say about us

It is a pleasure to record our thanks to your colleagues for the diligent, supportive, professional and friendly way in which they have guided us through the conversion process to Academy status.

They have supported us with total integrity and answered our questions – sometimes numerous – effectively and speedily. The fact that we are a Private Finance School entails a longer conversion process but your colleagues have enable this more complicated process to conclude with the least possible delay to Academy conversion.

We have nothing but praise for their support and guidance.”

Margaret Garwood, Chair of Governors, Taverham High School

The team is especially known for its expertise in academy projects, and has been involved in a significant number over the past year.”

Chambers 2013

General legal support services for academies

Once your academy status has been achieved, Eversheds Sutherland can provide you with advice on all the legal issues that you may face when running an academy. Combining sector experience, legal experience and added value, our advice and services are focused on meeting the real needs of academy schools and the challenging environment in which they operate.

Company secretarial Support

Eversheds Sutherland's company secretarial team assists many academies with their ongoing company compliance and statutory duties under the Companies Act 2006. You will benefit from a complete service that relieves you of those duties and ensures that your company's statutory obligations are met effectively.

Contact us

Ben Wood, Partner