Lydia qualified as a solicitor in September 2007 and joined Stone King from Clifford Chance in April 2011. She is currently a Professional Support Lawyer within the Education Team, with responsibility for the Team’s knowhow and precedent materials, as well as legal updates and training for colleagues and clients.
Lydia has several years’ experience of working with schools and educational charities, advising on issues ranging from academy projects to charity law and governance. In particular she has acted on a wide variety of academy projects, including conversions from maintained schools, establishing “mixed MATs” for faith and non-faith schools and transfers of existing academies between academy trusts. She is highly experienced in handling more complex issues on conversions such as the treatment of onsite leisure centres, nurseries and SEN units. Lydia has also advised on the funding agreement and governance for a number of free schools and university technical colleges, including the first 16-19 free school.
More recently she has worked with a number of single academy trust clients on their transition to multi academy trust status and ongoing growth, advising on changes to their funding agreements and restructuring their governance arrangements.
Other areas of experience include the establishment of co-operative academy trusts and trust schools. Lydia has also advised on a number of umbrella trusts and other collaborative arrangements between state-funded schools.
In her spare time, Lydia is an enthusiastic classical musician and is a trustee of an arts charity in south London.