At Clarkslegal we have a team of solicitors and consultants who are experts in matters relating to the education sector. The team has extensive experience of working very closely with Headteachers, Bursars and Governors and take a proactive approach in identifying and supporting opportunities for their clients to develop their organisations.
The team provides a full range of legal services (see below) to the operators and managers of schools and colleges. Their advice is always tailored, pragmatic and relevant.
We believe that it is our wealth of experience across the private and public sectors allied with our first-hand knowledge of the education sector that differentiates us from our competitors.
Outside their work as lawyers several members of our team have experience as School Governors and they use this knowledge and experience to tailor and adapt their advice to meet clients’ ongoing and future requirements.
Consultation Processes for new schools, school closures and reorganisations
We have worked closely with a Local Authority on the reorganisation of the council’s secondary and tertiary educational arrangements.
Our role has included advising the Council on the re-organisation of additional learning needs provision across the region, including formal and informal consultation requirements, the current legislative framework within which changes can be made, the form and content of statutory notices, and reports to the Government.
This is an example of the substantial work that we do for local authorities in the education sector.
Judicial review of Local Authority exercise of education function
We have defended judicial review proceedings brought by the governing body of a school, concerning the decision by Government ministers to delegate powers to consult upon and publish statutory notices in connection with school closures to a local authority, and the legitimacy of the local authority’s use of those powers.
This was an important reported test case and has a bearing on the future delegation of powers to local councils.