Legal advice for independent schools
Legal advice and support for independent schools in the UK and overseas
Every independent school is unique, but each one needs sound, practical solutions for the legal and regulatory challenges it faces on a daily basis.
We are trusted Legal Advisers to Senior Leaders and Governors of leading Independent Schools of all shapes and sizes, providing advice and support on all the key legal and strategic issues arising from normal operations and plans for future development and expansion.
We understand how the sector is regulated
We have strong relationships with the associations which support Independent Schools, such as ISBA, HMC, AGBIS, BSA and IAPS. We are regularly asked to speak at conferences and other sector events.
Whether your school is a small, single sex day prep school or a large, senior co-ed boarding school, we have the expertise and experience to support you.
How Moore Barlow can help
We have the expertise and experience to support independent schools of all sizes and profiles including groups of schools, on a wide range of issues including:
- Commercial legal advice
- Education and school disputes
- Employment and HR advice
- Property strategy and management
- Pupils and parents
- Safeguarding and Child Protection
We consider it an enormous privilege to work in the sector and we greatly value the relationships we have with schools, the associations and other professional advisers in the sector.
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Moore Barlow possesses a deep understanding of employment law, pastoral care and commercial issues faced by schools. The team is particularly praised for its expertise in matters intersecting with education law such as data protection, IP and all manner of disputes. The firm is well known for its extensive independent school client base, and recommended for advice on parental complaints, disability discrimination claims and safeguarding issues.
Chambers & Partners
The practice provides a wide range of advice covering simple debt recovery actions to complex educational, charitable and employment matters.
The education team always give a personal touch and offer supportive advice. They are straightforward, fair and very competent. The team are friendly and respond to requests very quickly, and the quality of the written advice is excellent.
Chambers & Partners
We have a close and strong relationship with both contacts at the firm who have dealt with HR issues at our school. They are quick to respond and clear in their explanations on what is possible and and not possible. Ben Collingwood and Adam McRae-Taylor are always personable in their approach and helpful with honest and practical solutions.
A well balanced and dependable team, who provide a wealth of sound advice. They are friendly, customer-focussed, understand the sector and have good insight into the business side of a charitable independent school. They deliver good value and consistently high quality advice.
I see the team as highly specialised, expert advisers. They have a deep knowledge of the sector and provide clear, concise, accessible and practical advice.