Education Solicitors

We work closely with local schools, academies, trusts and further education colleges, providing a comprehensive range of legal services across the education sector.

Our education legal team are renowned throughout North West England for their in-depth sector knowledge, as well as providing client service that is second to none.

Whatever your objectives, Slater Heelis draw on decades of experience to tailor balanced and practical legal advice that allows you to make informed decisions quickly.

We support educational institutions of all sizes on a full range of legal and commercial matters. Whether you are a local authority school looking to convert to academy status, a multi-academy trust (MAT), independent school, sixth-form or further education college seeking specific property or employment advice, our education lawyers deliver a personal service that always keeps your primary goals and fixed budget in mind.

Our clients stay with us because we are highly professional legal advisors who offer assured guidance which is only a telephone call away. We have a proven track record for solving the complex challenges that can arise in the education sector and applying our knowledge to get things done in a short time frame.

In addition to their astute legal knowledge, several of our education solicitors are proud to be active governors, mentors and board members of various schools and charities in the North West and further afield. This gives us a far stronger understanding of the challenges facing these organisations and the commercial context in which they operate.

Understanding your challenges – One Education

We see more and more maintained schools choosing to convert to academy status which is why we have partnered with One Education as the agreed legal advice provider for their academy conversion service:  Academy in a Box.

One Education recognises the daily challenges faced by educational professionals and strives to support school colleagues through a unique breadth of specialist services and education expertise, delivering measurable pupil intervention and outstanding leadership support.

Ranging from HR, payroll, finance, governance and ICT to teaching and learning, educational psychology, inclusion, social, mental and emotional health, attendance, careers, music and outdoor education, their services deliver consistently high quality support as and when it is needed.

Working together, we have already facilitated a number of school conversions and academisations, as well as providing ongoing support for headteachers and governors who are considering the breadth of options available to them.

What our clients say about us…

“The support that Slater Heelis provided during our academy conversion helped to ensure that the process was smooth and that the tight timescales imposed by the general election did not impact on us. The school can now begin to explore new ways to educate our pupils using the freedoms that we now have as an Academy.”
Linda Jones, Head Teacher at Piper Hill Specialist Support School

“I am writing to thank you both for the professional manner in which both Richard Riley and Hannah Al-Shaghana undertook our academisation process. I know the conversion was not easy or straightforward due to a number of issues which arose during the process. You both took on the challenges and made it possible for the school to meet the DfE conversion date. I look forward to working with you both again in future.”
Micah O. Cummings, Head Teacher at Ashton West End Primary and Nursery School