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Browne Jacobson surpasses 200th academy school conversion landmark

5 July 2012

Browne Jacobson has reached a new landmark after completing its 200th academy school conversion.

Twenty-five schools advised by Browne Jacobson are the latest to achieve academy status, as of 1st July. This brings the total number of completed academy school conversions by the firm to 224 since the Government initiative was first launched.

Of these, over 150 have been completed in the last 12 months alone and have encompassed primary, secondary and all-through schools.

The firm, regarded as one of the countrys leading advisers to the education sector by independent legal experts Chambers and Legal 500, has seen a major spike in interest from local authority managed schools wanting to become academies in recent months.

Over the past 12 months Browne Jacobsons 35 strong academies team has worked closely with over 60 local authorities across England to deliver many of the conversions it has been instructed on.

According to the law firm local authority managed schools are increasingly seeing the benefits of becoming academies. Recent research conducted by Ipsos Mori for Browne Jacobson showed that three - quarters (73) of academy school head teachers believe becoming an academy will have a significant positive impact on pupil outcomes.

Academies are state-funded independent schools which are free from local authority control and have a greater say in managing their finances, shaping the curriculum and setting teachers pay and conditions.

The legal aspects of converting to an academy includes arrangements over property and funding agreements, the transfer of staff under TUPE regulations and the formation of a the new academy company.

Mark Blois, Partner and Head of the Education Team at Browne Jacobson, commented:

"To surpass the 200 landmark is an incredible achievement. We are on course to completing our 300th academy school conversion before the start of the next academic year and are delighted that so many schools have chosen our firm to be their legal advisors.

"The majority of our instructions have come through personal recommendation which speaks volumes for our reputation and the quality of work being delivered by the team."

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