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Education Law at Grass Roots

Nationally recognised expertise

Schools and Academies

“outstanding support and advice”

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Burnetts provides a nationally recognised service to academies and schools throughout England. As well as being an accredited supplier to the Crescent Purchasing Consortium, our education team is top ranked by the Legal 500 in the North region: the prestigious guide to the legal profession describes the team as ‘clear in its advice and very supportive in its approach’.

Our specialist education lawyers and HR Consultants provide a full-service to schools and academies which includes support on:

•    HR and employment law issues 
•    GDPR, data protection, and Freedom of Information
•    Academy conversions
•    Student issues including exclusions, complaints and safeguarding
•    Governance issues such as clerking
•    Property issues e.g. Leases, planning and developments
•    SEN advice
•    Procurement
•    Company secretarial support
•    Charity law
•    Regulatory matters

“extremely reliable and realistic”

A particular area of specialism is advice on conversion to academy status: the team has completed more than 30 academy conversions across the North including Northumberland, Gateshead, Newcastle and throughout Cumbria. Find out more about how we can support your school through the conversion process here.

Management of HR is one of the most complex and time-consuming functions within any organisation. For schools, effectively managing people can also be expensive, and stressful for the management team, including headteachers and governors. Burnetts has a dedicated team providing reliable and responsive HR support to schools. Find out more about our HR Support Service here

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Who to contact

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Natalie Ruane

Natalie is a Partner and leads the Employment Law & HR team and specialises in education.