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land and buildings


Our dedicated education property team provides an integrated service covering all areas of property and property related transactions within the education sector, including the requirement for Secretary of State’s consent (and the implications of the terms of Academies’ Funding Agreements) and that of the local authority.

We have a well-earned reputation for clear and straightforward advice, a commercial focus and for finding practical solutions to issues that arise. By understanding the legislative framework, local government policy, the political dimension and current issues surrounding the work of our education clients, we are able to provide comprehensive support.

what we do...

  • Acquisition and disposal of land by schools - both freehold and leasehold including playing fields.
  • Leases and land transfers - on academy conversions, free school projects and conversion to foundation status.
  • Development projects, shared use agreements and Charities Act requirements.
  • Public/private land requirements - including the need for landlord’s and/or Secretary of State’s consent.
  • Consolidation of property portfolios into various group structures.

related resources

Legal updates

General Election 2017 - implications for schools

Theresa May has announced her intention to call a general election. In practice, it is likely that expected DfE announcements will be deferred until after the election.



FAQs - Converting to academy status

These FAQ are designed for single schools looking to convert to academy status, a group of schools wishing to form a multi academy trust or a school looking to convert and join an existing multi academy trust.


Legal updates

Disposals and acquisitions of land and buildings

From time to time schools’ space requirements change. While many ideas may seem like sensible income generating proposals before pressing ahead there is much to consider.


what the directories say...

recent experience