Our Dispute Resolution and Litigation lawyers have a wealth of experience working with some of the most prestigious independent and maintained schools in the country (including Free Schools, Multi-Academy Trusts, Academies, and Further/Higher education providers).

Our litigators represent our education clients in many complex, high-value, and multi-jurisdictional disputes in the courts, in the tribunals and in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) forums, including mediation.

They work closely with our clients to develop bespoke strategies to resolve conflicts quickly before, during, or after a crisis so that schools can focus on their primary objective - education. If a fair and appropriate resolution is not possible, our lawyers use their wealth of specialist experience to litigate aggressively in order to bring about the right outcome.

The team prides itself on its responsiveness and knowledge of the education sector. They are particularly alive to the targeted threat of hostile media attention enabled by social media. Our litigators will always try to ensure that existing relationships are conserved and that a school’s reputation is not irretrievably damaged.

While there is no such thing as a typical dispute, the areas in which the Dispute Resolution and Ligation Team have assisted our clients include (but are not limited to):

  • Commercial contracts and service agreements.
  • Data protection and information requests.
  • Defamation, reputation, and crisis management.
  • Property and rights relating to land.
  • Harassment.
  • Privacy and confidential information.
  • Professional negligence.
  • Unlawful borrowing.
  • Intellectual property.
  • Local authorities.
  • High value tuition fee recovery.

Our fees

Debt recovery

What our clients say

"First and foremost they are excellent lawyers - they know the charity and education sectors really well."

Chambers - 2019

What our clients say

"Provides ‘excellent service, characterised by quick responses and good value for money’, but most importantly, ‘the firm knows how to win cases’."

Legal 500 - 2019

What our clients say

"Highlighted for its 'depth of expertise in education', Stone King LLP attracts praise for its 'extremely good response times' and 'outstanding level of service'."

Legal 500 - 2019

What our clients say

“I feel fellow school leaders need to be made aware that there is an absolutely brilliant company out there who will provide those key services at very competitive rates”

C A Wakefield - Maldon's Community Academy

The law and practice referred to in this article or webinar has been paraphrased or summarised. It might not be up-to-date with changes in the law and we do not guarantee the accuracy of any information provided at the time of reading. It should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice in relation to a specific set of circumstances.