Clarkslegal LLP - Solicitors in Reading and London


Schools and academies face ever-changing commercial and political challenges. Our lawyers are experienced in the legal issues that affect both the public and private education sector and will identify and support opportunities for development.

We provide tailored, pragmatic and relevant support across a full range of legal services to the operators and managers of schools, colleges and universities. Our team has extensive experience of high-profile projects for higher and further education and are experienced at working closely with Headteachers, Bursars and Governors.

Our comprehensive services includes:

  • Commercial property from acquisitions and disposals and landlord and tenant work, to site assembly, property finance and development and property management.
  • Construction matters including policy, project structuring, tendering, construction, financing and operating issues, together with preparation of all necessary project documentation. In addition, we also have substantial experience in all forms of dispute resolution relevant to the construction industry.
  • Contractual and commercial arrangements including the entire procurement process, collaborations, partnerships, franchising and international arrangements.
  • Constitutional and regulatory matters including mergers, severances, boards of inquiry, drafting of statutes and ordinances and rationalisation of prize funds.
  • Employment matters including restructuring, TUPE, trade unions & industrial relations, equal pay and discrimination.
  • Immigration matters including compliance with sponsorship licences, policies, visa applications, audits and appeals.
  • Liaising with Charity Commission, advising clients on the Charities Act and setting up charitable trusts.
  • Regulatory documents such as student charters and formulating academic rules and regulations and handling data protection issues including requests for information.
  • Safeguarding legal responsibilities, staff discipline, involvement of police and whistleblowing matters.

“Clarkslegal provide prompt and efficient support to the College on a variety of property issues. I value their advice, and it is helpful to have a ready source of expertise on the wide range of legal matters that a large educational estate produces.”

Arthur Hasler
Director of Finance & Resources, Newham Sixth Form College