What Others Say About Us

"They are excellent, the personalised service is superb as they understand our circumstances and advise appropriately." - Client feedback in Chambers 2016

​"Great private and state school clients."  - Client feedback in Chambers 2016

"They are excellent. They get the gist of what's required and they understand what we want to get done. Their advice is sound and clear-cut, and they deliver it in a human way.Chambers 2015

"They invariably respond with prompt, unambiguous and first-class advice." Chambers 2015

Stone King is "probably the best education firm in the business," and "they lived up to the recommendations we received".  Another source adds: "They've got undoubted expertise and good geographical coverage - a leading player." Chambers 2014

This "heavyweight firm" has a "strong team" with "very wide expertise" covering charity, property and employment matters. The team's client base includes more than 500 individual schools, with a mixture of independent and maintained schools, and a number of school groups such as E-ACT, The Harris Federation, Leigh Academies and Ormiston. Recent highlights include setting up the country's first free school, West London Free School, and helping a school convert into an academy despite the disinclination of the local authority to approve because of prior PFI arrangements. The recent arrival of Geoffrey Davies further strengthens the group's presence in the academies market. Chambers 2013

Client Service "It provides a less formulaic and more tailored approach than others in the sector." Chambers 2012

Stone King’s "responsive and impressive" lawyers are "experts in the field of education law" The "very professional" team represents 435 schools across the independent and state sectors. In 2011 it advised a school on threats of industrial action arising from the school’s proposal to seek academy status. Richard Gold, associate Michael Brotherton and practice head Roger Inman are recommended. Legal 500 2012

Stone King LLP advises independent and maintained schools on a range of employment, health and safety, admissions and pastoral issues. Michael King's team is highly regarded for its academy work, and senior associate Michael Brotherton is also recommended. Legal 500 2012

"An essential service I would never wish to be without." Chambers 2010

Key Individuals:

Roger Inman is described as "a real intellect" by sources who admire his "good breadth of expertise." He heads the education team and has particular skill in school governance matters, SEN and admissions issues. Chambers 2015

Commentators consider Stone King's "level-headed" Roger Inman to be "very solid - he obviously knows his stuff and the sector" He leads the education team, concentrating on governance and student and parent issues.

...has a broad practice covering both contentious and non-contentious work. He is especially known for his work in situations involving special education needs. Chambers 2013

...provides 'reliable, measured, thoughtful advice that considers the wider implications of a legal issue, not just the legal technicalities'. Chambers 2012

At Stone King LLP, 'first-rate communicator' Roger Inman oversees a specialist schools practice that provides 'very good-value, dependable advice'. Inman's specialisms include governance, reorganisation, and pupil/parent matters. Legal 500 2012

Clients commend Roger's responsiveness: "He gets back to you straight away with clear and concise advice." Chambers 2011

Clients praise Roger's "expertise in school governance and organisational change". Chambers 2010

Charity law specialist Michael King  is noted for his reputation in the education space, and is considered to be "an outstanding adviser to charities, particularly in the education field, and a patient, skilful negotiator."  - Chambers 2015

...has a "vast amount of experience," and clients appreciate that "his advice has invariably been absolutely first-class". Sources describe him as "an accurate draftsman and a shrewd and patient negotiator"Chambers 2014

..."knows the area very well" and "provides an excellent service" to his clients. He is well established in the sector, and receives wide praise for his work. Chambers 2013

… is head of the charity and education group and he is well recognised for his long-standing commitment to education Legal 500 2012

Geoffrey Davies is singled out as someone who is "extremely knowledgeable on anything to do with academies and free schools." Interviewees enthuse that "he always delivers services promptly and will go the extra mile to get things completed." Chambers 2015

...has recently joined the team from Lewis Silkin, where he was highly regarded for his work on academy conversions. He is recognised by peers as a significant player in the market. Chambers 2013

Stephen Ravenscroft is a charity law expert who works with education clients and has experience of establishing academy umbrella trusts. "He is a great technical lawyer," say observers. Chambers 2015 

...impresses with his "incredible retention of detail and his forward thinking." He has expertise in the establishment of charitable companies to operate academies. Chambers 2011

Consultant Richard Gold has a vast amount of experience in employment-related matters. Chambers 2013

..."is absolutely excellent"... Chambers 2012

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