3. Legal Issues

Our specialist legal Academy conversion team will fully engage with your school to ensure you understand all the legal aspects of the conversion process, including the benefits and risks, and how to communicate these issues to governors, staff and parents. For example, the following are some of the issues our legal team will be able to help with:

  • Consulting staff, governors, parents and other key stakeholders
  • The conversion application
  • Creating a company limited by guarantee
  • Negotiating and drafting funding agreements
  • Negotiating and drafting commercial transfer agreements
  • Drafting of lease transfer documentation
  • Advising on employment law, managing change and TUPE
  • Closing financials

If you are a single academy looking to join a MAT, or a MAT looking to bring in new schools, our legal team can also assist with the following legal aspects:

  • Amending the existing master funding agreement
  • Drafting additional agreements
  • Drafting commercial transfer agreements
  • Employment law and TUPE
  • Drafting of lease transfer documentation
  • Governance issues
  • Drafting scheme of delegation

For more information about the services Sutton McGrath Hartley can provide for Academies, please see Accounting for Academy Schools.

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