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Education

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As education lawyers, we recognise that if you operate in the education sector you face many challenges. These may arise from your activities or your status as a school, college or university, charity, employer, service provider, property owner or occupier, or commercial contractor.

When it comes to education law, we can advise you on the challenges of this specialist sector and our team of education lawyers has extensive knowledge and experience of dealing with its complexities.

Hewitsons' team of education lawyers has specialists dealing with all aspects of the education sector, including:

  • Academies and multi-academy conversions
  • Admissions and exclusions
  • Charity law compliance
  • Commercial contracts and procurement
  • Constitutional advice
  • Data protection, GDPR and freedom of information
  • Dispute resolution and mediation
  • Employment and HR
  • Equality
  • Health and safety
  • Governance and governing body support
  • Immigration
  • Independent school mergers and acquisitions
  • Intellectual property and online issues
  • Mergers, collaborations and acquisitions
  • Parent and pupil issues
  • Pensions and the TPS
  • Planning and environmental
  • Property development and construction
  • Risk management and strategic planning
  • Safeguarding
  • School policies and procedures
  • Unpaid school fees and debt recovery
We can offer a retainer service at an agreed fee which provides invaluable support for busy bursars and HR managers. We are also able to carry out health checks and reviews of any area of your organisation, annually or otherwise.

Key Contacts

Stephen Cole - Senior Associate

Stephen Cole

Senior Associate

+44 (0)1604 233233

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Virginia Henley - Legal Director

Virginia Henley

Legal Director

01604 463345

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Meet the team

Latest testimonials

“Hewitsons is an impressive practice – client-focused, efficient and effective. The firm punches well above its weight.”
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“Great communication, reasonable fees, good value for the money.”
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“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

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“I particularly liked the approach of Hewitsons in that we worked with the same lawyer from initial discussions and quotation through to completion of the sale. This meant there was good continuity throughout the project.”
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"In my experience Hewitsons is top of its class. It has experts in every field."
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"Hewitsons is outstanding. It is professional, knowledgeable and efficient."
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Latest testimonials

“The firm provides excellent partner expertise at highly competitive rates.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"They are an efficient, knowledgeable team, which is able to advise and carry out work on a variety of topics."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons provided us with timely legal support adhering to the scope of the service agreed."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

Latest testimonials

“The particular knowledge of our trust since becoming a foundation school through to a multi-academy trust makes their relationship with us unique. With their specialist education knowledge we find Hewitsons to be an invaluable part of our team.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500


“Their strengths, in particular regarding our sometimes quirky approach to running a trust, we find to be very useful. It is this that makes them stand out in our view against others.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500