Our areas of expertise include governance and trustee duties, academy conversions, school mergers and sales, educational negligence claims, safeguarding, managing allegations against staff, bullying, reasonable adjustments, disability and SEN, supplier contracts, data protection and freedom of information issues.
The Team is lead by Helen Tucker, a Chair of Governors, and former Head of Legal for The Girls' Day School Trust, a large group of independent schools and academies.
Helen is held in high regard by the Heads of our schools for providing professional technical advice with a friendly, practical approach.
Royal Academy for Deaf Education launch new building plans
Ashfords are co-sponsoring the launch of plans for the new Academy for Deaf Education. The event will take place at Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum with Andrew Rothwell and The Design Team representing the firm.Read more
Education Update April 2014
This Education Update comments on the new School Organisation Framework, DfE guidance on the academy/free school presumption and upcoming changes in 2014.Read more
New School Organisation Framework 2014 : Are you ready for change?
On 28 January 2014 two sets of School Organisation regulations came into force, together with revised DfE Guidance. This has changed the process which proposers (e.g. local authorities and governing bodies) must follow in order to make a prescribed alteration to establish or to close a maintained school.Read more
Our specialist charity lawyers combine legal knowledge with a real understanding of the voluntary sector, in order to benefit you most. We advise national and local charities, social enterprises and other not for profit organisations, providing a comprehensive service. We work with other teams including Employment, Property, Trusts, Estates and Education, to ensure that you deal with a specialist in their field at every juncture.Read more
Public Sector Update - August 2013Read more
Education makes a difference, and is never dull. School issues often cross a range of legal practice areas. It is important to take a pragmatic approach, which takes account of pupil outcomes, and relevant government policy and guidance, as well as the legal, commercial, and reputational risks.