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Education Law

Working with a dedicated legal team with experience in education law means you can concentrate on running your school or college, safe in the knowledge that you are compliant, knowledgeable about changes, and confident in the future.

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Key Education Law Services

We are able to offer a bespoke package for your school or college, whether you just need some more information about any issues, or you need full project management support.

We can help with:

  • Advice for maintained schools, academies, independent schools and FE colleges
  • Academy conversion and academy group issues
  • Governance and administration 
  • Special education needs
  • Admission policies
  • Behavioural issues, exclusion policies and appeals processes

Property Related Services

We can help with the following property related matters:

  • General property management enquiries.
  • Leases of education land from local authorities, faith bodies and other organisations.
  • Tenancies granted to occupiers and users of the educational land.
  • Building contracts and associated works in connection with building projects carried on at the educational establishment.
  • Planning enquiries and applications for the development of educational land.

Employment Law Services

We advise clients in the education sector. We provide day-to-day employment law advice and support complex project work for independent schools, academies, sixth form colleges and further education colleges. In particular:

  • advice on teacher’s contracts and working hours;
  • advice on term time only working contracts;
  • advising on mergers, outsourcing and TUPE transfers;
  • complex disciplinary and grievance issues;
  • provision of benefits and changing benefits;
  • improving performance and monitoring absence; and
  • dealing with complex health issues.

For Parents

Many parents seek specialist advice if their child has complex special educational needs and are struggling to access the best educational provision for them. We know that these situations can be difficult and emotional. Many parents who have sought our advice have found it to be a great help and reassuring during this time.

We can help with:

  • Special education needs
  • Admissions
  • Behaviour issues
  • Exclusions

How we work with you

Whilst based in the South of England, Paris Smith acts for businesses and families throughout the UK. Technology has enabled us to provide a high level of service to our clients whether they are local to our offices or not. Our advice can be given in many ways:

  • Over the telephone
  • Via video conferencing
  • In face to face meetings

We will talk through how you would like to be contacted and the best ways for us to meet in our early conversations with you.

Meet the Team

Our Education team is made up of 1 consultant, 5 partners and 2 associates.  You can find contact details for them below.

Get in touch to speak with an expert.

Introducing your key contact

How we’ve helped our clients

“Paris Smith LLP has provided St Edward’s School with advice for some years. We have drawn on their considerable expertise and experience at regular intervals, always to extremely positive effect. We are provided with options for any action and their advice is always clear. We have been very happy with the quality of the services provided by Paris Smith and it is our intention to continue working with them for the foreseeable future. We are very happy to recommend Paris Smith to other schools. ”

Larry Bartel, Headmaster – St Edward’s School

“ Paris Smith provides outstanding service. Our experience is continually a high positive one with concise, relevant advice given with patience and clarity. From assistance and training in updating policies and procedures to advising a college on their obligations both in relation to individuals and more widely, in regards to the Public Sector Equality Duty, we have found Paris Smith to be always diligent, thorough and very supportive.”

Totton College

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