Nicola joined Stone King’s education team in April 2011, specialising in education projects. She advises maintained schools and academy trusts on a wide variety of governance, funding, and asset transfer issues.
Nicola has acted on a large number of academy projects. This has included advising on the establishment and restructuring of single and multi-academy trusts, as well as the transfer of academies between academy trusts. She has acted on the establishment of mainstream, special and alternative provision academies (both sponsored and converters). Nicola is experienced at dealing with funding and governance issues relating to the creation of free schools.
Nicola also advises schools (maintained and academies) on issues relating to school PFI projects. This has included acting on complex PFI academy conversions. Nicola has also advised a number of schools on governing body agreements under the Priority School Building Project (PSBP).