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Academies & MATs

Academies & MATs

About

We deal with conversions, restructures and governance and day to day operational needs for academies and MATs.

As well as our legal expertise, members of the team have served as governors in the maintained and independent sectors. This involvement gives us first-hand insight of the issues facing schools.

We have around 400 charity, education and non-profit clients, including academies and other schools. We also understand the vision and mission of such schools and charities and incorporate this in advising and dealing with school legal matters.

For academy conversions we advise on:

  • The Articles of Association
  • Governance issues including Local Governing Bodies
  • The Commercial Transfer Agreement
  • The lease
  • Sub-leases and third party occupation
  • Service agreements and shared use arrangements
  • The Funding Agreement
  • Historical funding arrangements eg for sports facilities
As well as single and multi-academy trusts, we advise sponsors, governing bodies and others dealing with academies. We also have expertise in PFI scheme schools.

We provide all the ongoing support a school needs, including staff issues and pensions, commercial contracts, safeguarding and pastoral issues, admissions and exclusions, and governance.

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.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“Great communication, reasonable fees, good value for the money.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

“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

“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.”
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"In my experience Hewitsons is top of its class. It has experts in every field."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

"Hewitsons is outstanding. It is professional, knowledgeable and efficient."
Client Testimonial c/o Legal 500

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