Webinar: Dealing with Charity Property – an overview of the requirements of the Charities Act and how to comply with them

Many charities have property assets, which are sometimes quite substantial. The Charities Act imposes various requirements in relation to dealings with charity property to ensure that the assets are protected for charitable purposes. In this webinar, Gordon Reid and George Shepherd from the Charities Team at Moore Barlow explain the requirements and how charity trustees […]

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These guys are fun to work with. They give excellent, clear, thorough advice. Just who you need in a crisis (which, let’s face it, is mostly when you call a lawyer). They guide you rather than just present the options. Highly responsive and professional. Seems a good balance of big enough to have specialist capability, […]

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The team has considerable expertise in advising charities, in particular in educational sector. They are unusual in being able to advise on the intersection between charity governance and other issues including employment and safeguarding and so we are confident that they understand the context in which we are operating.

Teachers’ pensions: returning to the fray

Whilst most of the attention recently has understandably been on the COVID-19 crisis, the past few months have seen a number of developments regarding the on-going impact of increases in employer contributions to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) on the independent schools sector. An ever increasing number of independent schools have left (or are leaving) […]

Updated COVID-19 toolkit for independent schools

In March we produced our toolkit to help independent schools manage the unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.  As society starts making steps towards a return to normality and schools prepare to welcome back pupils, we have updated this key resource for independent schools as they continue to navigate their way through the next […]

Keeping children safe in education – new changes for September

The Government has just released the updated version of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), which will come into force on 1 September 2020.  You should continue to refer to the current version of KCSIE until 31 August 2020, but schools will want to start preparing for the upcoming changes.  The key new developments are […]

Helen Harvie

Independent schools Charities I am a charity law specialist and I act as both trustee and advisor to a wide range of charitable organisations, including independent schools, as well as social enterprises, on a national and international basis. I advise on charity registration, restructuring, governance and constitutional issues, trustees’ duties and responsibilities and all aspects […]

Olivia Stanton

School employment law Teacher’s pensions I am a solicitor in the independent schools and charities team and I specialise in employment and education law. I advise on a range of areas, including safeguarding and managing abuse allegations, data protection and subject access requests, parent contracts, and contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. I draft contracts […]

Adam McRae-Taylor

Employment in schools Employment tribunal litigation I specialise in employment and education law and advise on issues such as unfair dismissal, discrimination cases, safeguarding, parent contracts and data protection issues including in relation to the GDPR. My approach is to work with schools and charities to ensure that they are managing their staff fairly and […]

Esther Millard

Professional negligence Debt recovery I specialise in handling professional negligence claims on behalf of both businesses and individuals. I have particular and extensive experience with claims against chartered surveyors and solicitors, and have successfully resolved a large number of such claims during the eleven years that I have specialised in this area. I also lead […]

Gordon Reid

Charity law I lead the charities team. I work with charities and independent schools of all shapes and sizes, advising on all aspects of charity law and practice – initial formation and registration, day-to-day advice on constitutional and governance issues, mergers, dealing with charity property and dissolution. I regularly run training sessions for trustees and […]

George Shepherd

I am a solicitor in the Schools & Charities team, specialising in governance and transactional work for independent schools and charities. I advise national and local charities on incorporation, mergers, dissolution and other governance issues. My work also includes dealing with a wide range of charity property transactions including acquisitions, disposals, leases and secured lending. […]

Joanna Lada-Walicki

Education employment Safeguarding I head the firm’s independent schools and charities practice and I specialise in education and employment law. I advise on a range of employment and pastoral issues, in particular when the reputation of a school (or other non-school charity) is at stake. An area of particular interest for me is safeguarding and […]

Charlie Ellison

I am a trainee solicitor in the Schools and Charities team based in our Guildford office. I primarily support other solicitors, working within a team for six months at a time. I gain valuable experience working within a range of different teams at Moore Barlow, supporting them in providing the high level of service that […]

Ben Collingwood

Independent schools Safeguarding Charities I specialise in advising independent schools and other charities on wide ranging areas of education law, with particular focus on reputation issues, pastoral, safeguarding, historic abuse allegations, SEN, exclusions, parent/pupil complaints, data protection, parent contracts, admissions and staff matters of all types. I have written and spoken widely on issues facing […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit for independent schools

In these unprecedented times, independent schools are under unprecedented financial pressure. Schools are closed; parents are asking about refunds; staff are self-isolating; commercial contractors demand payment. We have prepared a checklist to help you keep on top of this fast-moving crisis…. Parents Most schools are receiving enquiries from parents asserting that they will expect a […]

Moore Blatch supports AquAid

We at Moore Blatch are aware that keeping our staff members hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the work day.